These pages have been created by the FCA to help keep market participants, firms and consumers informed of developments relating to MiFID II.
The Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) is the framework of European Union (EU) legislation for:
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.
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 has been in force for over six years and is the cornerstone of the European Union’s regulation of financial markets.
We summarise the significant changes proposed to the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive.
MiFID II comprises two levels of European legislation.
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.
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