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Central Securities Depositories Regulation (CSDR) - regulation memo
Central Securities Depositories Regulation (CSDR) - regulation memo

Central Securities Depositories Regulation (CSDR) - regulation memo


The Central Securities Depositories Regulation applies to European Central Securities Depositaries (CSDs), their participants, and to securities settlement systems in the European Union (EU)

About CSDR

Its objective is to introduce a European regime governing Central Securities Depositories. Similarly, EMIR governs CCPs and MiFID governs trading venues and investment firms.

  • Minimal harmonised rules governing securities settlement and settlement discipline
  • Rules on the authorisation, supervision and passporting of CSDs as well as minimum organisational requirements for them
  • Conditions under which they may provide banking services

The regulation was published in the Official Journal in August 2014 and is gradually entering into force. The authorisation of CSDs in Q1-Q2 2018 will be a major step in its effective implementation. In March 2017, the EU Commission published Regulatory Standards on: (i) authorisation and supervision of CSDs; (ii) prudential requirements for CSDs; (iii) reporting of internalised settlement; and (iv) cash penalties.

Although ESMA published its final draft regulatory standard on settlement discipline in February 2016, the European Commission has not released any Delegated Acts on the topic at the time of writing (March 2018).


The regulation contains rules on dematerialisation of securities and on securities settlement systems. In addition, it applies to:

  • CSDs, i.e. entities that operate a Securities Settlement System and accept issuance from the issuer and/or hold securities at a centralised level
  • Issuers that issue securities in EU CSDs
  • Participants to CSDs
  • Banks that offer banking services to CSDs

Industry implications

Whilst the CPSS-IOSCO principles already provide details of regulatory nature on settlement infrastructures, the CSDR requirements provide more detailed legislative provisions:

  • Settlement: harmonisation of settlement cycles to T+2; dematerialisation of issuances by 2020 and entry into force of 2nd level legislation; harmonisation of settlement discipline rules
  • Central Securities Depositories: provisions on internal organisation including user committees, board members, minimum obligations such as reconciliation, acceptance of issuances from issuers, fair and open access to CSDs
  • Banking services: conditions under which CSDs may provide banking services or use banks
  • Intermediaries: disclosure of settlement internalisation and use of segregated accounts under certain conditions

It should lead to: 

  • Changes to the European landscape: the passporting could lead to a reduction in the number of CSDs operating in the EU, currently at 40. Moreover, as a joint result of T2S and CSDR, the market could either undergo further fragmentation, or more concentration
  • Simplification of issuance abroad and facilitated cross-border settlement (key feature of T2S): issuers will be able to issue securities in any EU CSD
  • Mandatory buy-ins and higher failed settlement penalties, which may impact market liquidity
  • Provision of banking services: the additional prudential rules for CSDs may result in a clearer separation between infrastructure functions and banking services
  • Harmonisation and shortening of settlement cycles: this could lead to further use of standardised settlement messaging services
  • Mandatory LEI (Legal Entity Identifier) use: the mandatory use of LEI should facilitate record keeping, as well as notary and settlement activities

To know more:

BNP Paribas Securities Services’ view

We believe that this regulation is an important step forward for safer and more integrated post-trade infrastructures and for efficiency of security settlement. It is a crucial element of T2S’ success.

We hope the future regulatory technical standards on settlement discipline will provide for a workable framework, allowing for an appropriate reduction of settlement fails without jeopardising market liquidity.

Key dates

August 2014 - Publication of CSDR in the Official Journal

17 September 2014 - CSDR entered into force

March 2017 - Publication of Level 2 measures (excluding settlement discipline) in the Official Journal

September 2017 - Deadline for CSDs to apply for re-authorisation

Q1/Q2 2018 - Expected publication of European Commission delegated acts on settlement discipline

March 2019 - Entry into force of Level 2 legislation on the calculation of cash penalties and internalised settlement

September 2019 - Start of the revision process of Level 1 legislation

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