On June 8, 2016, the European Parliament adopted at first reading the European Commission’s proposals for a new Directive and Regulation to extend the implementation of MiFID II by one year to January 3, 2018. In addition, the provisional text of the Directive adopted by the European Parliament clarifies the exemption for persons dealing on own account with respect to market makers. An expanded exemption would apply for direct electronic access and own account dealing activities, when this is done for hedging or treasury management purposes. The provisional text of the Regulation adopted by the European Parliament excludes securities financing transactions from transparency requirements for trading venues, systematic internalisers and investment firms trading OTC, specifies the circumstances in which pre-trade transparency requirements do not apply to certain package transactions and amends the MAR and the Central Securities Depositories Regulation. The proposed Directive and Regulation will now be put forward to European Council under the normal legislative procedure.

The provisional text of the Directive is available at: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=- //EP//NONSGML+TA+P8-TA-2016-0243+0+DOC+PDF+V0//EN&_sm_au_=iVV5r1WMjfStnksr