No-Deal Brexit Uncertainty Leads EU to Suspend Assessment of Transparency Requirements on Bond Markets
09/24/2019The European Securities and Markets Authority has confirmed in a letter to the European Commission that it considers it inadvisable to conduct an annual review in 2019 of the Regulatory Technical Standards on the transparency requirements for trading venues and investment firms for bonds, structured finance products, emission allowances and derivatives (sometimes referred to as RTS 2). The requirement for an annual review is stipulated in the Markets in Financial Instruments package, and ESMA's report could lead to legislative changes subjecting more bonds and derivatives to the transparency requirements. ESMA's assessment of RTS 2 would be impacted by the uncertainty arising from Brexit, in particular, the potential for a no-deal Brexit, because the outcome would vary depending on whether U.K. data was included or not.
ESMA intends to conduct its annual review before July 2020 and to determine the impact on bond market liquidity of the U.K.'s departure from the EU.
View ESMA's letter to the European Commission.
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