The Wholesale Markets Brokers’ Association has announced that with immediate effect it will change its name to the European Venues and Intermediaries Association.
The Association says the new title reflects changes to the role of inter-dealer brokers following the implementation of Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) II which comes into effect on 3 January 2018.The role of the newly-re-branded EVIA will be, it says, to strive to ensure fair and effective markets across its membership through the common rulebook of MiFID II.
Although it required a heavy lift from the financial services industry, the Mifid II implementation deadline came and went with minimum disruption. However, as Galen Stops points out, the real change is still yet to come.
So here’s the good news for the FX industry: the January 3 Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (Mifid) II implementation deadline passed without any significant market disruption at the start of this month.
“January 3rd went relatively smoothly, our members generally reported a largely uneventful launch although the industry is continuing to work through a number of minor issues, which is what you would expect at this point in time,” says James Kemp, managing director, Global FX Division, Global Financial Markets Association (GFMA).
The continued implementation of Mifid II will be generally characterised by lots of hard work in the background and not much immediate action in the foreground, argues Galen Stops.
We all know the metaphor of the swan gliding seemingly serenly through the water, while in fact its feet are paddling away furiously underneath and out of sight.
Well that swan is a pretty accurate representation of what the January 3 go- live date of MiFID II was like for many market participants, by all accounts. A huge amount of work had gone in behind the scenes to make sure that firms were compliant so that, when it arrived, the big day passed largely uneventfully.
The European Venues and Intermediaries Association (EVIA), formerly known as the Wholesale Markets’ Brokers Association (WMBA), has published its response to a call from Germany’s Finance Ministry for feedback on MiFID II and MiFIR one year on from their implementation. In the feedback, EVIA makes a number of points and stresses its belief that foreign exchange swaps should not be covered under the regulation. EVIA does note that whilst its feedback sets out some of the difficulties and remedies in response to the premise of the call for evidence, it states that MiFID2 delivered a “great many benefits".