MiFID II entered into force on 3 January 2018 and BNP Paribas Securities Services has paid specific attention to this historical launch. As a custodian, this is the first time we are facing such a wide-ranging directive, with many impacts across commercial, operational and functional teams.
The European Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (“MiFID II”) represents a very important change in financial markets, even if its implementation applies as a continuation of MiFID I.
This new directive will ensure greater investor protection, expanded asset class coverage and structural market reforms. It is applicable for firms previously exempted from MiFID I. MiFID II will dramatically change almost the entire marketplace, with far-reaching impacts on everyone engaged in the dealing and the processing of financial instruments.
Under the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (“MIFIR”) adopted in 2014 and applicable as of 3 January 2018, one of the changes being made to the MIFID I directive includes additional requirements for investment firms regarding the provision of information to clients.
As such, BNP Paribas Securities Services is required to provide information to its clients about the bank and its services.
We sent a Disclosure Pack to all clients with general content about this directive. It is completed with a customised communication pack including the client classification and details on our complaints handling process at each location level.
The purpose of this policy is to provide our clients with information on the arrangements implemented by Securities Services to manage the transmission and the execution of client orders as required by the revised European Markets in Financial Instruments Directive 2014/65/EU and its implementing measures as transposed into national laws and regulations (“MiFID II”), to the extent applicable.
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