On May 4, 2016, The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its final report requesting an amendment of ESMA draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) on transaction reporting under the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR).

The draft RTS were submitted to the European Commission in September 2015. However, ESMA has since identified a need to amend Article 2 of RTS 22 as a result of an unintentional omission in the final stage of drafting.

The amendment relates to the list of instances that are not considered to be reportable transactions for the purposes of Article 26 of MiFIR. It resolves an unintended omission by adding acquisitions or disposals that are solely a result of a transfer of collateral to the list of exclusions from transaction reporting specified in Article 2(5) of RTS 22. It thus ensures that investment firms are not required to submit transaction reports for transfers of collateral, which ESMA concluded would be costly and bring no supervisory benefit. ESMA anticipates that the amendment will be taken into account in the context of the Commission’s endorsement of RTS 22.