ESMA finalises MiFID 2 derivatives trading obligation

ESMA has published its final draft RTS implementing the trading obligation under MiFIR. The standards, part of the move to make OTC trading in liquid derivatives take place on organised venues, covers interest rate swaps and credit default swaps. ESMA has decided to make the following products subject to the trading obligation:

  • Fixed-to-float interest rate swaps denominated in EUR;
  • Fixed-to-float interest rate swaps denominated in USD;
  • Fixed-to-float interest rate swaps denominated in GBP; and
  • Index CDS – iTraxx Europe Main and iTraxx Europe Crossover.

Although the Commission now needs to endorse the RTS, ESMA still expects them to apply from 3 January 2018.