In the wake of the regulatory tsunami caused by MiFID II, sell-sides are struggling to manage cost pressure alongside extensive new requirements. MiFID II will introduce a far more comprehensive and detailed framework than its predecessor, impacting transparency, market structure, and organizational requirements. It will also significantly strengthen investor protection. Operational efficiency and traceability will be key to remain in business post MiFID II, as the new regulatory requirements will touch virtually every area of trading. It will be practically impossible to comply with MiFID II without implementing technology designed for this purpose.
With MiFID II on the horizon, banks and brokers across Europe have initiated system review processes to ascertain the effectiveness of their current technology. Many firms are also taking this opportunity to consolidate systems to get the full picture of their trading, position and risk management across asset classes. It is also a golden opportunity from a practical perspective to clean up the platform and reduce the number of vendor relationships. While consolidation makes perfect sense from a business perspective, it does complicate the system selection process, as the new platform must support varying needs across asset classes and business functions.
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