MiFID, the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, came into force from the 1st November 2007. It is the European Union (EU) legislative framework for investment intermediaries that provide financial services to clients in relation to financial instruments (such as shares, bonds, units in collective investment schemes and derivatives). The legislation also covers the organised trading of these financial instruments.
MiFID introduced competition to the EU trading landscape and provided a ‘passport’ for trading venues and investments firms to operate throughout Europe on the basis of authorisation in their home Member State. It also introduced various investor protection measures. This covers the thirty-one member states of the European Economic Area.
The MiFID reforms cover areas such as: Authorisation, regulation and passporting; Client categorisation; Client order handling; Pre-trade and post-trade transparency; Best execution; Development in market structures; OTC Derivatives and commodities; Investor protection and provision of investment services; Supervisors.
Vantage Platforms helps financial and non-financial counterparties prepare and comply fully with MiFID.