Transparency waivers and deferrals

Market operators and investment firms operating a UK trading venue that would like a pre-trade transparency waiver must apply to us in advance. Find out how to apply for waivers and deferrals.

Applications for waivers

You must submit complete applications and give us enough notice to review them. This applies to equity and non-equity instruments.

Apply for a waiver

Notification by UK trading venues of attempts to use waivers to circumvent regulatory requirements

UK trading venues must immediately notify us of any attempts to use the relevant waiver to circumvent regulatory requirements. There is no form for this type of notification, so email the relevant information to your usual supervisory contact or the MTF / OTF supervision team: [email protected].

For more information, refer to:

Pre-trade transparency waiver for SIs in non-equity instruments

The obligation on Systematic Internalisers (SIs) to disclose quotes to their clients on request, if they agree to provide a quote, can be waived if the relevant requirements in Article 18(2) of UK MiFIR are met. Please refer to MAR 6 for more information.

Post-trade transparency deferral applications

We can also authorise applications by trading venues to defer publication of post-trade data.

How to apply

Operators of UK trading venues must send us requests to defer post-trade publication in writing with enough notice before the deferral takes effect.

Your application must include:

  • the specific arrangements for deferral
  • the reasons for deferral
  • how the relevant requirements in UK MiFIR and technical standards have been met
  • the date it is being submitted to us
  • the date on which the exemption is intended to take effect
  • the classes of financial instruments the exemption would apply to
  • the name and contact details of the applicant

If you are operating more than one UK trading venue, you will have to apply for each individually.

Send your applications to the UK trading venue’s usual supervisory contact at 12 Endeavour Square, London, E20 1JN.

Key legislative references

Description Legislative basis                 
Transparency waiver application for UK trading venues for equity and non-equity instruments (pre-trade waivers) • Art 4(1) UK MiFIR
• Art 9(1) UK MiFIR
• UK RTS 1
• UK RTS 2
• MAR 5.7.1A D for MTFs
• MAR 5A.10.1 D for OTFs (non- equity instruments only)
• REC 3.14A.7A-D
Notification by UK trading venues of attempts to use waivers to circumvent certain requirements • Art 4(3)(c) UK MiFIR
Transparency deferrals for trading venues for equity and non- equity instruments (post-trade deferrals) • Art 7(1) UK MiFIR
• Art 11(1) UK MiFIR
• UK RTS 1
• UK RTS 2