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ESMA updates MiFID II Q&A on market structure issues

15 November 2017

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today updated its Questions and Answers (Q&As) regarding market structure issues under the Market in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and Regulation (MiFIR).

The purpose of these Q&As is to promote common supervisory approaches and practices in the application of MiFID II and MiFIR. They provides responses to questions posed by the general public and market participants in relation to the practical application of market structure issues. This update includes new answers regarding:

  • Tick size regime;
  • Direct Electronic Access (DEA); and
  • Multilateral systems;

The Q&A mechanism is a practical convergence tool used to promote common supervisory approaches and practices. ESMA will periodically review these Q&As on a regular basis to update them where required and to identify if, in a certain area, there is a need to convert some of the material into ESMA Guidelines and recommendations.