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Real-time Risk Management - A View on MiFID II Compliance Challenges

It comes as no surprise that the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (2004/39/EC) has been a critical and significant chunk of the legislative activity to have affected the European financial markets in the past decade. While the first iteration of the directive (since its implementation in 2007) was instrumental in creating a single competitive financial market for the all the firms operating in European Union and ensuring a high degree of investor protection. 

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Introduced with the objective of fair competition and consumer protection in investment services, the MiFID II is grabbing headlines ever since its inception way back in 2011 - as a response to the global financial crisis. While MIFID II and MIFIR, in its entirety may be a colossal regulatory initiative, an area of special interest could be that of the regulatory standards surrounding the commodity derivatives.

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The ESMA has released its final report on draft regulatory and implementing technical standards for MiFID II and MiFIR in September 2015. Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) has been a long drawn process in European capital markets starting from 2011 as a critical response to the financial crisis.

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