The new MiFID II transparency regime, which requires trading venues to make public bid and offer prices and depth of trading interest unless granted a waiver, applies from 3 January 2018. To obtain a waiver, trading venues must submit the application to the relevant national competent authority (NCA) and the NCA, where it considers the application is MiFIR compliant, will submit it to ESMA for an Opinion.
The updated Q&A document sets out the waiver application schedule for 2017 in order for competent authorities and ESMA to handle applications in time for 3 January 2018. The waivers will be processed in two tranches:
Equity and Equity-like instruments:
Bonds and Derivatives:
Waivers submitted by trading venues after the above dates will be processed on a best effort basis. The updated Q&A document also clarifies the conditions when existing waivers for shares require a new waiver application.
ESMA has also updated its Q&A document on market structures with new questions on the topics of algorithmic trading and the mandatory tick size regime.
The purpose of these Q&A documents is to promote common supervisory approaches and practices in the application of MiFID II/MiFIR and its implementing measures. ESMA will continue to develop these Q&As in the coming months, both adding questions and answers to the topics already covered and introducing new sections not yet addressed.