Newsflash MiFID II

Commodities trading: ESMA has issued comprehensive data determining the EU overall commodities derivatives turnover that help commodities traders to assess whether their trading activities in commodity derivatives can be considered as ancillary to their main business under MiFID II.

Commodities traders trading in commodities derivatives either listed on an EU domiciled trading venue or OTC with a counterparty domiciled in the EU will have to apply for a license under the MiFID II regime that will enter into force on the 3rd of January 2018, unless an exemption applies. One key exemption applicable to commodities traders is the so called “ancillary activity exemption”. The “ancillary activity exemption” comprises a series of tests and compares in particular the proprietary speculative trading activities in commodities derivatives of a commodity trader to the EU overall market trading activity in certain commodities derivatives categories. The EU overall market trading activities in commodities derivatives either being traded on an EU domiciled trading venue or OTC with a counterparty domiciled in the EU have so far not been easy to determine due to missing public data. ESMA has now published EU overall market trading turnover data in the MiFID II-affected commodities derivatives categories.

Commodities traders should now – if they have not already done so – start to evaluate whether they can take advantage from the ancillary activity exemption and how to comply with the rest of MiFID II.

We had the great fortune to be able to assist many commodities traders in their MIFID II implementation and would be delighted to assist also you.

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Martin Liebi
Head Commodities Trading Regulation
Tel. +41 76 341 65 43

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Martin Liebi

Dr. iur. Martin Liebi LL.M., attorney-at-law, CAIA, advises on and implements as Head Capital Markets within Pricewaterhouse Coopers Ltd. Legal FS Regulatory & Compliance Services practice, a wide array of regulatory change management programs.

Martin Liebi has more than 14 years experience with leading Swiss and US law firms in the areas of capital market law, banking law (private banking, asset management, and investment banking), financial market regulation, securities law, corporate law, M&A, and general commercial law.

He has been head legal with a Swiss Private Bank and head compliance with a Swiss Fund-of-Hedge Funds. He has studied law at Stanford University (LL.M.), the University of Zurich (Dr.iur.), the University of Fribourg (Lic.iur.), and Leiden University (LLC). He holds also a Management Degree from Harvard University.

He serves as judge at the commercial court of Zurich and is a lecturer at the University of Zurich’s LL.M. program in Banking & Finance (Regulation of European Capital Markets as well as Regulation of Banks and Securities Dealers). Martin Liebi publishes and holds talks regularly about current topics in financial markets law.