Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II - Financial Conduct Authority

Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II

These pages have been created by the FCA to help keep market participants, firms and consumers informed of developments relating to MiFID II.

What is MiFID and why is it changing?

The Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) is the framework of European Union (EU) legislation for:

  • investment intermediaries providing services to clients in relation to shares, bonds, units in collective investment schemes and derivatives (collectively ‘financial instruments’) and
  • the organised trading of financial instruments

MiFID was applied in the UK from 1 November 2007. But it is now being comprehensively revised to improve the functioning of financial markets in light of the financial crisis and to strengthen investor protection. We expect the changes to take effect towards the end of 2016. It will be known as MiFID II.

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What will firms need to do?

Firms will need to start planning for the changes ahead of the finalisation of the EU implementing legislation and the subsequent changes we make to our Handbook and the Treasury makes to financial services legislation. MiFID II is a wide-ranging piece of legislation and, depending on business model, could affect a wide range of a firm’s functions – from client services to IT and HR systems.

The European Council has now published the following versions of the MiFID II and MIFIR texts in the official journal.

MiFID II text

MiFIR text

MiFID review

Published: 02/05/2014

MiFID has been in force for over six years and is the cornerstone of the European Union’s regulation of financial markets.

MiFID II – what is changing?

Published: 02/05/2014

We summarise the significant changes proposed to the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive.

MiFID II – the legislative process

Published: 02/05/2014

MiFID II comprises two levels of European legislation.

MiFID II – EU implementing measures

Published: 02/05/2014

ESMA is expected to provide advice on the delegated acts to the European Commission by the end of 2014 and drafts of the technical standards by the middle of 2015.

Email updates

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Transparency Calculations

These updated transparency calculations are effective from 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015.

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Trading Venue Codes

ESMA has published a consolidated list of identification codes of all regulated markets and MTFs.

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