On December 14, 2015, ESMA published a consultation paper on a review of the RTS for CCPs on the time horizons for the liquidation period for margin held by CCPs for exchange-traded derivatives. The RTS currently specify a two-day time horizon as the liquidation period used in the time horizons for margin calculations, across all CCP  accounts for exchange-traded products. The original RTS use this two-day liquidation period but based on net margin models, where offsetting positions of different customers cancel one another out. A key economic difference has been noted between the US and EU regimes for CCP margins, in that the US only requires a one day liquidation period but is calculated on a gross basis across all customer positions. A degree of harmonization of the two regimes is proposed to assist the EU in adopting a long-awaited equivalence decision for US CCPs under EMIR, with proposed adoption of the alternative of a “one day gross” model for European CCP customer accounts. The two-day standard for clearing members’ house accounts and the five-day liquidation period for OTC products would be retained. The consultation follows on from ESMA’s discussion paper published in August 2015. Comments are due by February 1, 2016.

The consultation paper is available at: https://www.esma.europa.eu/press-news/consultations/consultation-paper-review-article-26-rts-no-1532013-respect-mpor-client.