On February 4, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published an updated version of its questions and answers document (Q&As) on data reporting under the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR).

The updated Q&A includes four new questions that cover reporting the legal entity identifier (LEI) of issuers to the financial instruments reference database

On November 19, the Legal Entity Identifier Regulatory Oversight Committee (LEI ROC) published its second consultation paper on fund relationships in the Global Legal Entity Identifier System (GLEIS).

In its second consultation paper, LEI ROC explains that a significant proportion of entities that have a legal entity identifier (LEI) are investment funds. Consequently, LEI ROC proposes a limited update to the way relationships affecting funds are recorded in the GLEIS. The update aims to ensure that the implementation of relationship data is consistent throughout the GLEIS and to provide a means to facilitate a standardized collection of fund relationship information at the global level.
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In a press release of June 20, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) confirmed that the temporary introduction period for the use of legal entity identifiers (LEIs) will not be extended beyond July.

The six-month period was designed to allow for a smooth introduction of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II),

On May 2, the Legal Entity Identifier Regulatory Oversight Committee (LEI ROC) published its second progress report, which included an overview of the Global Legal Entity Identifier System (GLEIS), regulatory uses of the LEI and LEI ROC’s activities. The LEI ROC’s first progress report was published on November 5, 2015.
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On November 8, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published issue 54 of Market Watch, its newsletter on market conduct and transaction reporting issues.

With the January 3, 2018 implementation date of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR) fast approaching, Market Watch contains articles relating to:
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On October 9, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a briefing (Briefing) on the importance of the legal entity identifier (LEI) in enabling firms to comply with their obligations under the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR), beginning January 3, 2018.
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On December 2, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) updated its website on the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) to include a new section on transaction reporting and legal entity identifiers (LEI Update) under MiFID II. The LEI Update sets out the function and purpose of an LEI, and clarifies that from

On July 21, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission published in the Federal Register an order to extend for an additional year the CFTC’s designation of the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation and Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications joint venture (DTCC-SWIFT) as the provider of legal entity identifiers (LEIs). Such LEIs are used by registered entities and swap counterparties subject to the CFTC’s jurisdiction to comply with the swap data recordkeeping and reporting obligations set forth in Parts 45 and 46 of the CFTC’s regulations. This order supersedes a July 17, 2015 order (2015 Order) which extended DTCC-SWIFT’s designation as the LEI provider during the continued transition to a fully operational global LEI system. (For a more complete discussion of the aforementioned order, see the July 24, 2015 edition of Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest.)
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