The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has fired the starting gun on new derivatives trade reporting rules by approving the first four trade repositories (TRs) under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (Emir).
The Depository Trust and Clearing Company (DTCC), Poland's KDPW, The Iberclear/Clearstream joint venture Regis-TR, and the London Stock Exchange's UnaVista platform have each been cleared for registration by Esma on 14 November.
Trade repositories are set play a fundamental role in the surveillance of derivatives markets and in risk monitoring, bringing more transparency and resiliency to over-the-counter and listed dealings.
Reporting obligations for major brokers are set to come into effect on 12 February 2014, 90 calendar days after the official registration date.
Sandy Broderick, CEO, DTCC Deriv/SERV, says: "Reporting for all five derivatives asset classes - credit, interest rate, equity, FX and commodities - which will commence simultaneously on 12 February 2014, will be a significant undertaking for the industry and the next 90 days will be crucial for achieving compliance with Emir. Our focus is now on helping European dealers and end users of derivatives to meet their reporting obligation in time."
Esma says it is currently processing further TR applications, including those from IntercontinentalExchange and CME Group.