About a-team Marketing Services

A-Team Insight Blogs

SmartStream Adds MiFID II Derivatives Component Ahead of September Deadline

Subscribe to our newsletter

SmartStream Technologies, the financial Reference Data Utility (RDU) solutions provider, has added derivatives to its Systematic Internaliser (SI) Registry service, to help clients meet the rapidly approaching MiFID II deadline of 15 September, 2020. The new service will allow trading counterparties to identify who is responsible for reporting trades in general, but also supports them through one of the most complex elements of the SI Regime.

The SI registry is a market initiative where SmartStream in collaboration with a group of APAs, including: Bloomberg, Deutsche Boerse, MarketAxess, TRADEcho and Tradeweb, enable SIs to register, the financial instruments for which they are providing SI services, in a centralised database.

The MiFID II SI Regime mandates that the SI test is conducted differently depending on the asset class. For derivatives, the SI determination is based on the volume of trades across a class of instruments, and not just at the ISIN level. To meet the September deadline firms will have to handle a complex ESMA classification scheme in order to be compliant.

This makes it imperative that they are able to access and rely on good quality reference data to ensure they can successfully trade electronically, automate their operations and report accurately to the regulators. The latest derivatives service further strengthens SmartStream’s partnership with the APA (Approved Publication Arrangements) community as the RDU continues to be the sole distributor of the SI Registry, which provides SI status across equity, fixed income and derivative instruments.

Additionally, the new API (Application Programming Interface) service is designed to reduce the complexity out of traversing between an ISIN and the associated Classes of Financial Instruments Approach (COFIA) SI status for derivatives – aiming to simplify a customer’s ability to identify counterparty SI status.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Related content

WEBINAR

Upcoming Webinar: Best practices for compliance with EU Market Abuse Regulation

Date: 18 June 2024 Time: 10:00am ET / 3:00pm London / 4:00pm CET Duration: 50 minutes EU Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) came into force in July 2016, rescinding the previous Market Abuse Directive and replacing it with a significantly extended scope of regulatory obligations. Eight years later, and amid constant change in capital markets regulation,...

BLOG

WhatsApp Update Could Spell Unhappy New Year for Compliance Teams

By Oliver Blower, CEO of VoxSmart. While many of us will be making tough lifestyle changes this January, from adopting strict fitness regimes to cutting down on calories, there are other changes afoot in the realm of WhatsApp that could impact many of us over the coming days. For regulatory compliance teams at financial institutions...

EVENT

RegTech Summit New York

Now in its 8th year, the RegTech Summit in New York will bring together the regtech ecosystem to explore how the North American capital markets financial industry can leverage technology to drive innovation, cut costs and support regulatory change.

GUIDE

Corporate Actions 2009 Edition

Rather than detracting attention away from corporate actions automation projects, the financial crisis appears to have accentuated the importance of the vital nature of this data. Financial institutions are more aware than ever before of the impact that inaccurate corporate actions data has on their bottom lines as a result of the increased focus on...