So the 3rd of January came to pass and the City was not plunged into meltdown by the implementation of MiFID II/MiFIR. Some confusion reigned due to the late announcement of 6-month smoothing exercise to the implementation of LEI’s. The summary statement was –
Halloween got me thinking as to what demons the European markets might expect on a spooky night like tonight. What could come knocking at our doors and will they be a trick or a treat?
You would be mistaken if you thought enforcement notices were just the preserve of big banks and individuals. Many smaller regulated banks fall foul of the FCA’s and other authorities’ scrutiny. For FCA regulated firms this is mainly around two important principles of business (Principle 3 & Principle 11). Principle 11 deals with relations with the regulator but the most important one is number three (and in terms of fines a costly one!).
Do you have systems in place to enable adherence to the Global Code for FX?
The Global Code of Conduct for FX (the Code) was released on the 25th of May 2017, to a good reception from diverse market participants and brought the curtain down on two years of work.
One of the takeaways I had from numerous conversations at the ACI Congress in Dublin, where Eurobase participated, was the question “how do we continue to offer voice trading, which is what customers want, and be compliant with MiFID II?”
In the FT today comes the news that UK branches of foreign banks will have to adhere to whistleblowing rules that allow staff to voice concerns to City watchdogs without having to tell their employers.