CSDR Regulation: AFME Approval

The AFME approves the CSDR agreement, emphasizing buy-ins as a last resort. They aim to improve settlement discipline and efficiency in Europe, evaluating settlement cycle reduction.

CSDR Regulation: AFME Approval
EU Efficiency in Financial Markets

AFME Embraces CSDR Agreement, Enhancing Settlement Efficiency and Discipline

Source: Association for Financial Markets in Europe Keywords CSDR AFME

The Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) has expressed its approval of the political agreement reached by the European Council and Parliament on the Central Security Depositories Regulation (CSDR). Peter Tomlinson, the director of post-trade at AFME, voiced the association's pleasure at the decision, which outlines mandatory buy-ins as a last resort measure, only to be implemented if the level of settlement failures in the EU has not decreased and is considered a financial stability risk. This optimistic outlook signifies the commitment to improving settlement discipline and efficiency in Europe. The CSDR Refit legislation will instruct the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) to conduct an evaluation on the potential of reducing the settlement cycle. The AFME is keen to engage with European authorities and market participants in discussions surrounding this topic through the newly established European industry Task Force. This group will explore every angle of this issue, including the direct economic costs and savings to the industry, global alignment, and market attractiveness.

Regulatory Implications of the EU's CSDR Agreement

The recent political agreement reached on the Central Security Depositories Regulation (CSDR) in the European Union (EU) has sparked optimism and set the stage for significant changes in the realm of settlement efficiency. This agreement, welcomed by the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME), signifies a commitment to enhancing settlement discipline and efficiency in Europe. By considering mandatory buy-ins as a last-resort measure, the agreement emphasizes the importance of preventive measures and innovative approaches to mitigate settlement failures.

The implications of this agreement extend beyond immediate measures. The CSDR Refit legislation, which instructs the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) to evaluate the potential reduction of the settlement cycle, holds the promise of revolutionizing trading efficiency and reducing transaction costs. This forward-thinking approach aligns with the growing demand for faster and more streamlined settlement processes.

The potential shortening of the settlement cycle carries the potential to create a ripple effect, positively impacting trading efficiency and reducing costs for financial institutions operating within the EU. Improved settlement efficiency not only benefits market participants but also contributes to the overall competitiveness and attractiveness of the European market. The prospect of aligning European settlement practices with global standards further positions the EU as a key player in the global securities market.

To ensure successful implementation and adherence to the CSDR and its potential changes, financial institutions must actively engage in ongoing dialogue and collaboration. The formation of the European industry Task Force signifies a significant step toward a collaborative, industry-led approach to addressing the challenges at hand. By evaluating economic costs, savings, global alignment, and market attractiveness, this Task Force aims to holistically assess the impact and potential benefits of the CSDR, fostering a more unified and efficient European securities market.

However, as with any regulatory change, striking a balance between innovation and stability remains paramount. Financial institutions must remain vigilant in monitoring settlement failures, assessing the need for mandatory buy-ins, and proactively addressing any issues that may arise. Adapting settlement processes and systems to accommodate potential changes in the settlement cycle will be crucial to maintaining trading efficiency and meeting compliance requirements.

In summary, the political agreement on the CSDR and the subsequent CSDR Refit legislation mark a pivotal moment for settlement efficiency in the EU. Financial institutions operating in the EU must embrace the spirit of innovation and collaborate with industry stakeholders to fully leverage the potential benefits. By aligning with global standards, enhancing settlement discipline, and actively participating in ongoing dialogue, financial institutions can position themselves at the forefront of a unified and efficient European securities market.

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The Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) is the voice of Europe’s wholesale financial markets. We represent the leading global and European banks and other significant capital market players.

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