We published a guide to MiFID in Ireland in December 2019. There are various initiatives underway to revise MiFID and MiFIR; in particular, both the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) and the European Commission (“EC”) have recently published consultations on MiFID/MiFIR.

ESMA

ESMA published its first MiFID II/MiFIR review report in December 2019. The report covered the development in prices for pre- and post- trade market data and the consolidated tape (electronic system combining sales volume and price data from exchanges and dealers) for equity instruments.

ESMA has recently published consultations on other aspects of MiFID II/MiFIR:

ESMA will be providing advice to the EC on other aspects of MiFID II/MiFIR, with the last report due in January 2022, including in relation to the transparency regime for non-equity instruments, transaction reporting, algorithmic trading, the trading obligation for derivatives, SME growth markets and the functioning of organised trading facilities.

EC

The EC has launched a public consultation on the review of MiFID II/MIFIR, employing a questionnaire format divided into two main sections. The first section covers general questions on the overall functioning of MiFID II/MiFIR, while the second section covers specific questions on “priority” and “non-priority” topics.

The priority topics listed are the following:

  • Establishing an EU consolidated tape
  • Investor protection
  • Research unbundling and SME research coverage
  • Commodities markets

The non-priority topics are the following:

  • Derivatives trading obligation
  • Multilateral systems
  • Double volume cap
  • Non-discriminatory access to clearing
  • Digitisation and new technologies
  • FX markets

The deadline for responses is 20 April 2020, and the Commission intends to publish legislative proposals in the second half of this year.