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ESMA issues implementing rules for package orders under MiFID II

08 Mar ESMA issues implementing rules for package orders under MiFID II

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published a final report on draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) regarding the treatment of package orders under MiFID II and MiFIR.

A visitor passes a sign in the lobby of the European Securities and Markets Authority's (ESMA) headquarters in Paris, France, on Thursday, June, 20, 2013. French gross domestic product will probably drop this year after stalling in 2012 as households trim spending and companies slash investment, national statistics office Insee predicted. Photographer: Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg

The draft RTS establish a methodology for determining whether there is a liquid market for package orders as a whole following feedback received from stakeholders to a consultation paper that ESMA published in November 2016.

ESMA has revised the draft RTS in light of the responses received to its consultation. Overall, the revised draft RTS narrows down considerably the universe of package orders that qualify as having a liquid market as a whole. In line with the intentions stated in the consultation paper, ESMA opted for a more cautious approach based on feedback from stakeholders but also in view of the short timeframe for developing the RTS and the limited access to quantitative information on packages. ESMA intends to monitor trading activity in packages closely and may consider amendments to the draft RTS in the medium term.

ESMA submitted the final report to the European Commission on 27 February 2017. The Commission has three months to decide whether to endorse the draft RTS.

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