Content Options

Content Options

View Options

Status: Please note you should read all Brexit changes to the FCA Handbook and BTS alongside the main FCA transitional directions. Where these directions apply the 'standstill', firms have the choice between complying with the pre-IP completion day rules, or the post-IP completion day rules. To see a full list of Handbook modules affected, please see Annex B to the main FCA transitional directions.

market making activities

    as defined in article 2(1)(k) of the short selling regulation) means the activities of an investment firm, a credit institution, a third-country entity, or a firm as referred to in point (ka), which is a member of a trading venue or of a market in a third country, the legal and supervisory framework of which has been declared equivalent by the Commission pursuant to article 17(2) as it had effect before IP completion day143, or by the Treasury in accordance with that paragraph as amended, or with regulation 16 of the Short Selling (EU Exit) (Amendment) Regulations 2018, where it deals as principal in a financial instrument, whether traded on or outside a trading venue, in any of the following capacities:132

      1. (i) by posting firm, simultaneous two-way quotes of comparable size and at competitive prices, with the result of providing liquidity on a regular and ongoing basis to the market;132
      1. (ii) as part of its usual business, by fulfilling orders initiated by clients or in response to clients’ requests to trade; or132
      1. (iii) by hedging positions arising from the fulfilment of tasks under points (i) and (ii).132

    [Note: Point 2(1)(ka) of the short selling regulation provides: For the purposes of point (k), the firms referred to in this point are firms which provide investment services and/or perform investment activities consisting exclusively in dealing on own account on markets in financial futures or options or other derivatives and on cash markets for the sole purpose of hedging positions on derivatives markets or which deal for the accounts of other members of those markets or make prices for them and which are guaranteed by clearing members of the same markets, where responsibility for ensuring the performance of contracts entered into by such firms is assumed by clearing members of the same markets.]132