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  • Final EU Guidelines For Improving Settlement Efficiency Published
    The European Securities and Markets Authority has published a final report and final Guidelines on standardized procedures and messaging protocols for investment firms under the Central Securities Depositaries Regulation.

    CSDR requires investment firms to take steps to limit settlement fails, including by ensuring that they have all the necessary transaction data on the day of the transaction. Investment firms must also have in place arrangements with their professional clients to ensure prompt communication of an allocation of securities to the transaction, confirmation of that allocation and confirmation of the acceptance or rejection of the terms in good time before the intended settlement date. The content of the messages and deadlines for sending them is contained in the Regulatory Technical Standards on settlement discipline (Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2018/1229). The Guidelines clarify the scope of these requirements and provide guidance on the standardized procedures and messaging standards to be used for firms to comply with the requirement.

    The final Guidelines will be translated and then published on ESMA's website. They will apply directly across the EU to EU investment firms and their national regulators from September 13, 2020.

    View the final report and Guidelines.

    View details of the RTS on settlement discipline.

    View details of ESMA's consultation on the draft Guidelines.

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