On December 23, 2015, the European Securities and Markets Authority launched a consultation on proposed Guidelines on transaction reporting, reference data, order record keeping and clock synchronization. ESMA is required to prepare the guidelines under the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation and the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, together known as MiFID II. The proposed Guidelines are based on ESMA’s final draft Regulatory Technical Standards relating to transaction reporting, reference data, order record keeping and clock synchronization which are still due to be endorsed by the European Commission. The proposed Guidelines may therefore need to be amended, depending on the adopted version of the RTS. The proposed Guidelines aim to assist investment firms, approved reporting mechanisms, trading venues and systematic internalizers in complying with the provisions of the RTS, focusing on the preparation of transaction reports and order data records for various scenarios. Responses to the consultation are due by March 23, 2016 and ESMA aims to publish the final Guidelines in the second half of 2016. MiFID II will apply directly across the EU from January 3, 2017.

The consultation paper is available at: https://www.esma.europa.eu/press-news/esma-news/esma-consults-transactionreporting-reference-data-record-keeping-and-clock.