Both MiFID II and MAR have completely changed the regulatory landscape in terms of voice communication surveillance. Both pieces of regulation place a greater emphasis on firms to monitor the surveillance controls that they implement, and also introduce new holistic trade surveillance requirements that, in turn, have driven the development of new, innovative, RegTech solutions.


In fewer than 230 days – 7.5 working months from now, the biggest regulatory change since the 2008 financial crisis is set to come into force.  The legislation, Markets in Financial Instruments Directive/Regulation (MiFID II/R), is one of Europe’s most ambitious and far-reaching financial reforms and is estimated to cost the financial industry billions to


Following on from last month’s Q&A on commodity derivatives within MiFID II/MiFIR, on 17 January ESMA published its guidelines for the disclosure of inside information on commodity derivatives and spot markets under the Market Abuse Regulation framework.  This publication is a response in accordance with Article 7(5) of MAR, that expresses ESMA to be the


Key regulatory themes for 2016

So far 2016 has been one of the most contentious years since the G20 agreed the regulatory reform agenda seven years ago. With ever-rising costs, increasingly more severe penalties, and continued issues with data quality, it would be easy to claim the plans conceived in the wake of the crisis are not going to get


MAR: time to worry about your opinions

JWG’s Customer Data Management Group (CDMG) March focus was the soon to be implemented (3 July 2016) Market Abuse Regulation (MAR). JWG have created a set of rule interpretations for MAR which have been incorporated into our regulatory platform, RegDelta.  The March CDMG also included a rule interpretation segment, where participants ‘deep-dived’ a few of


Continuing on from part 1, where we discussed the European regulator’s priorities for Credit Rating Agencies (CRAs) and Trade Repositories (TRs) for 2016, we now look at the nature and focus of the work the regulator plans to carry out this year to promote supervisory convergence. In October 2015, the European Securities and Markets Authority


The market abuse regulation (MAR) is fast approaching and will impact not just financial services firms, but also any EU listed company. Identified in a number of articles published here on RegTech, and discussed at JWG’s CDMG, (customer data management group), which focused on MAR/MAD changes in August last year, the regulation will involve a


On 28 January 2016, ESMA published a paper consulting on a number of draft guidelines falling under a fraction of the Market Abuse Regulation (MAR).  This consultation paper was based on a previous discussion paper, issued by ESMA on 14 November 2013. In particular, the paper covers the mandates placed on ESMA to produce guidelines


ESMA publishes a less than MAD Q&A

JWG analysis. On 9 November 2015, ESMA published its Q&A on the implementation of the current Market Abuse Directive (MAD).  For those of you looking for some relief, this is a relatively short document, just 8 pages, and it consists of only two questions.  Question one focuses on the disclosure of inside information related to


There is nothing new under MAR RTS …

JWG analysis. … at least, not much!  This week is a significant one for compliance and legal professionals in the financial services industry.  ESMA has finally released 1,500 pages of draft regulatory standards covering trading, market abuse and the settlement of securities. In the past few months, JWG has spent considerable time covering MiFID II,