CySEC begins investigation of MIFID II (MiFIR) compliance among license holders

With MiFIR and MiFID II going live on January 3rd, regulators have begun to ask, “who isn’t reporting?”

While many country regulators have been quietly reviewing the MiFIR transaction reporting that has been submitted to them, CySEC has taken a proactive stance. Reviewing reporting data submitted to them between January 3rd to January 24th, 2018, the Cypriot regulator has sent letters to investment firms of which haven’t yet submitted trade data.

Sent earlier this month, the letter was specially to investment firms that CySEC believes fall under scope for having a MiFIR reporting obligation, such as brokers and asset managers. In the letter, CySEC gave a deadline of this past Thursday, March 22nd to respond why they haven’t yet reported.

There are several reasons why a compliant firm may have been contacted by CySEC. Firstly, due to CySEC’s review focused on January’s data, many firms that received the letter have since begun reporting. In addition, many investment firms are trading financial assets that are out of scope under MIFIR, thus not requiring a daily transaction report to be submitted. Also, new firms that have yet to fully launch their operations but have completed their registration were contacted by CySEC.


Regulators looking at data

The letter from CySEC proves that regulators are in fact looking at the reporting data they are collecting. This contracts to the start of EMIR in 2014, of which regulators were slow to review its compliance. Beyond Cyprus, Cappitech has viewed and learned of correspondence between other European regulators and investment firms under their jurisdiction.

So far, regulators have focused more on compliance than report quality. This stance follows statements from heads of the FCA in 2017 that conceded there would be issues to reporting quality at the beginning of MiFID II going into effect. As such, they urged investment firms to focus on making sure they would start reporting in January 2018 and fixing problems as they came along.

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Trudy Namer
About the author: Trudy Namer
As Director of Marketing at Cappitech, Trudy leads the global marketing strategy within the organization. Capitalizing on over 15 years of B2B and financial services marketing experience, Trudy specializes in branding, lead generation, digital marketing, public relations, thought leadership positioning and content creation. Prior to Cappitech, Trudy worked at Earnix, a provider of advanced analytics software designed for the financial services industry; Jumtext, a mobile marketing company and Gems, an award-winning Fund of Hedge Funds. Trudy holds a Business of Commerce degree (Cum Laude) from the University of South Africa and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Bar Ilan University, Israel.