Corporate Access: Technology and MiFID II Regulations

WeConvene releases white paper for investment professionals discussing the role of technology in addressing MiFID II regulation for corporate access.

London, April 3, 2017 / WeConvene today released a whitepaper for investment professionals which addresses the MiFID II regulations for corporate access services.

MiFID II is one of the most complex regulatory efforts in decades and although it only applies across Europe it will impact firms globally. The new regulations represent both a massive operational systems implementation problem, as well as requiring a fundamental change in business models.

The problem is that while the technical requirements for MiFID II compliance in areas like trade reporting are extraordinarily detailed, the way traditional corporate access will be treated is still open to debate, in particular how much of it will qualify as “research” under new guidelines.

“Despite the classification of corporate access under MiFID II being uncertain, what is clear is that firms will need to maintain comprehensive and transparent reporting on all interactions,” said Joseph Connelly, Global Head of Product for WeConvene. “Utilizing a technology platform is by far the easiest and most efficient way to meet the need for accuracy and transparency.”

In recent years a number of corporate access solutions have entered the market, however only a few directly tackle the end-to-end workflow to provide a transparent and complete audit trail of interactions between investors, brokers and corporate organizations.

When evaluating a system that can cover all your MiFID II Corporate Access needs, it is important to consider the following factors:

  • Tracking all meetings attended: Recording of meetings will be a regulatory requirement and firms will need to be able to provide correct data on everything an investor has consumed.
  • Rating and evaluating the value of meetings: Recording and being able to justify the value of the interaction is not only important for regulatory compliance but also in a world where Corporate Access is a paid for service, it will be critical to be able to assess the value investors receive from the services they are paying for.
  • Demonstrating the value of the meetings provided: Buy-side firms will be applying greater scrutiny over which meetings they consume and regulations require that brokers demonstrate the value of the services provided so it is vital that you provide enough information for your investors to justify taking the meeting.

The whitepaper covers:

  • How corporate access is interpreted within the MiFID II regulations
  • Future trends for Corporate access
  • How technology can help solve MiFID II for corporate access
  • What to look for from a dedicated platform (Buy-side, Sell-side and Investor Relations)

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