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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.

Preamble

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to Regulation (EU) 2015/2365 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2015 on transparency of securities financing transactions and of reuse and amending Regulation (EU) No 648/2012, and in particular Article 4(10) thereof,

Having regard to Regulation (EU) No 648/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 July 2012 on OTC derivatives, central counterparties and trade repositories and in particular Article 9(6) thereof,

Whereas:

  1. (1)

    The details reported by securities financing transaction ("SFT") counterparties to trade repositories or the European Securities and Markets Authority ("ESMA") should be submitted in a harmonised format in order to facilitate data collection, aggregation and comparison across trade repositories. To minimise costs for the reporting counterparties, the reporting format for SFTs should be consistent, to the extent feasible, with that prescribed for the reporting of derivatives contracts under Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No 648/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council. This Regulation therefore prescribes the format for each of the fields to be reported and standardises a report by reference to an ISO standard that is widely used in the financial industry.

  2. (2)

    The global legal entity identifier ("LEI") system has now been fully implemented and each counterparty to an SFT should therefore only use that system to identify a legal entity in a report. For the counterparty's use of the LEI system to be effective, that counterparty should ensure that the reference data related to its LEI are renewed in accordance with the terms of an accredited LEI issuer (Local Operating Unit). An extension of the global LEI system to identify branches of legal entities is currently being developed. Until such time as that extension is finalised and considered suitable for the purposes of reporting SFTs, and this Regulation is amended accordingly, the ISO code of the country where the branch is located should be used to identify that branch where an SFT is concluded through a branch office of a counterparty.

  3. (3)

    A global unique trader identifier ("UTI") system for identifying SFTs is also being developed. Until such time as that global UTI system is finalised and considered suitable for the purposes of reporting SFTs, and this Regulation is amended accordingly, a UTI agreed by the counterparties should be used to identify a SFT.

  4. (4)

    Article 4a of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1247/2012 contains a procedure to determine the entity responsible for generating a UTI in respect of the reporting of derivatives contracts for those situations where counterparties fail to agree on the entity responsible for generating the UTI. To ensure consistency between the reporting of derivatives contracts and of SFTs, a similar procedure should be set up for counterparties reporting SFTs.

  5. (5)

    Currently, there is no common market practice for determining the counterparty side in an SFT. Therefore, specific rules should be established to ensure the accurate and consistent identification of the collateral provider and of the collateral taker in an SFT.

  6. (6)

    A number of reports may be submitted for a single SFT, for example if successive modifications are made to that SFT. In order to ensure that each report relating to an SFT, and each SFT as a whole, is properly understood, reports should be submitted in the chronological sequence in which the reported events occurred.

  7. (7)

    To lessen the burden of reporting the modification of certain values, and in particular the details of collateral value, of margin posted or received and of collateral reuse, those details should be reported as they stand at the end of each day only if they vary from previously reported details.

  8. (8)

    The details of an outstanding margin loan should be reported as they stand at the end of each day, where there is a net cash debit in base currency or where a counterparty's short market value is positive.

  9. (9)

    The market value of securities lent or borrowed should be reported as it stands at the end of each day. Similarly, when the counterparties report the market value of collateral, they should do so as it stands at the end of each day.

  10. (10)

    This Regulation is based on the draft implementing technical standards submitted by ESMA to the Commission, pursuant to the procedure in Article 15 of Regulation (EU) No 1095/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 November 2010 establishing a European Supervisory Authority (European Securities and Markets Authority).

  11. (11)

    ESMA has conducted open public consultations on these draft implementing technical standards, analysed the potential related costs and benefits and requested the opinion of the Securities and Markets Stakeholder Group established in accordance with Article 37 of Regulation (EU) No 1095/2010,

  12. (12)

    As it is the case for the reporting of SFTs, certain identifiers and codes to be used for the reporting of derivative contracts are still being developed. Until such time as those identifiers and codes are available, considered suitable for the purposes of reporting and Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1247/2012 has been amended accordingly, that Regulation provides for the use of an ISO 10692 CFI code to classify derivatives for which an ISO 6166 ISIN code or an AII code are not available, and for the use of a unique trade identifier agreed by the counterparties to identify a derivative report. To ensure legal certainty as regards the appropriate procedure to amend the requirements applicable to the reporting of derivatives contracts, and the required degree of consistency between the reporting of derivatives and of SFTs, Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1247/2012 should only refer to the requirements currently applicable to that reporting.

  13. (13)

    Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1247/2012 should therefore be amended accordingly,

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