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No Brexit today – but several updates

Today was to be the day on which Brexit finally occurred. However, the switch is delayed to the 12th April, 22nd May, or perhaps some other date. The politics around the process continue to evolve (for example see here on the BBC News web site). In the meantime there has been some relevant activity to … Continue reading

ACER paper on layering and spoofing and other market abuse news

Last Friday, ACER issued this report on the application of the REMIT market manipulation prohibition (Article 5) in relation to layering and spoofing. This is the third such “example market abuse” paper issued by ACER, with one on capacity hoarding  issued in 2018 (see here) and one on wash trades in 2017 (see here). The … Continue reading

ESMA publishes more MiFID II position limits opinions

ESMA has this week published seven further opinion documents relating to position limits under MiFID II, of which six relate to gas and one to power. This follows the publication of opinions in January (see here). The limits themselves have already been announced by the relevant National Competent Authority (in this case AFM, AMF and … Continue reading

UBS fined £27.6m for transaction reporting failures

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority has fined UBS AG 27.6 million pounds sterling for transaction reporting infringements under MiFID I. The penalty notice can be found here. The fine relates to issues with  135.8 million transaction reports between November 2007 and May 2017. These can be divided into: Missing reports Incorrect reports Reports that were … Continue reading

MiFID II updates, CFTC position limits

While there is not much news relating to MiFID II specifically for those in energy and commodities, the wider financial services world has seen a great deal of discussion and activity since the first anniversary of the rules took place (see here). Any Investment Firm (which includes some energy and commodity market participants) needs to … Continue reading

More Brexit updates: FCA announcements

The news around Brexit now comes out on an hourly basis (for example see here on Sky News). A “no deal” Brexit remains very possible. As a result, following last week’s announcements (see here), the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has made several of their own, in particular around EMIR and MiFID II: EMIR The … Continue reading

Brexit update – C6 carve out, NRA REMIT letters and more

The political side of Brexit still has not produced a concrete result (for example, see here on Sky News). With three weeks to go until the Brexit date of 29th March 2019, the majority of the market is preparing for a “no deal” scenario. Never the less, some thought is also being put into what … Continue reading

One week to go until the open anti abuse forum

There are a small number of places left at the anti abuse forum, which will be held next Monday 11th March in London. This discussion forum is open to all professionals in the European energy and commodities markets to provide a public mechanism to discuss issues arising out of the implementation of MAR and REMIT. No membership … Continue reading