On October 7, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a “Brexit Special” of its monthly Market Watch newsletter, in which it summarized some recent developments and publications in connection with the regulated sector’s preparedness for the forthcoming departure of the UK from the EU on November 1.

In the newsletter, the FCA noted that Andrew Bailey, FCA CEO, gave a speech in September at Bloomberg London on the Brexit “state of play”. Mr. Bailey outlined recent developments and the outstanding issues, such as the desire for an equivalence agreement for the Share Trading Obligation (STO). (For more information, please see the June 14 edition of Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest).

The FCA explained that transaction reporting rules under the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR) will not be subject to the temporary transitional power. (For more information, please see the September 27 edition of Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest). Therefore, firms, trading venues and approved reporting mechanisms will need to take “reasonable steps to comply with the changes to their regulatory obligations”. Firms who cannot comply on the day that the UK leaves the EU will need to back-report missing, incomplete or inaccurate transaction reports as soon as possible thereafter.

The FCA provided an updated statement on the operation of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) transparency regime following Brexit. The FCA published a statement on this topic in March 2019 (please see the March 8 edition of Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest), and the main purpose of this update was to change dates to reflect the extension of the departure date from March to October 2019.

The FCA’s MiFID transparency regime update also reflects a statement made on October 7 from the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). In addition to other updates, ESMA described how reference data submitted by UK trading venues and systematic internalisers will be phased out of EU calculations. ESMA will “freeze” the quarterly calculations until Q1 2020, during which time the EU will re-determine the relevant competent authority (RCA) for all financial instruments that remain available for trading in the EU, for which the FCA is currently the RCA.

Finally, the FCA announced that industry testing for the FCA Financial Instruments Transparency Systems (FITRS) would start on October 10 and noted that it continues to update the Brexit material available on its website.

The Market Watch newsletter is available here.

Andrew Bailey’s speech is available here.

The FCA’s updated statement is available here.

ESMA’s statement is available here.