The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), the EU’s securities markets regulator, has today published the Final Report on the review of transaction and reference data reporting obligations under MiFIR.
The final report contains recommendations and possible legislative amendments to MiFID II/MiFIR with a view to simplifying the current reporting regimes whilst ensuring quality and usability of the reported data. It aims to achieve this through:
The replacement of the trading on a trading venue (TOTV) concept with the SI approach for OTC derivatives, taking into account the conclusions of ESMA’s Final Report on the transparency regime for non-equity instruments and the trading obligation for derivatives;
The removal of the short sale indicator;
The alignment with reporting regimes such as MAR, EMIR and the Benchmark Regulation;
The reliance on international standards, including LEIs, ISINs and CFIs; and
The inclusion of three additional data elements with a view to harmonise the way they are reported and avoid inconsistent and duplicative reporting of the same information at the national level. In particular, these are indicators for:
Information on MiFID II client categories; and
Transactions pertaining to aggregated orders.
ESMA’s recommendations are particularly relevant for trading venues, systematic internalisers, investment firms, data reporting services providers, and asset management companies.
Based on these recommendations, the European Commission is expected to adopt legislative proposals. ESMA is ready to provide additional technical advice on the proposals contained in this report.