Aimed to improve the efficiency and integrity of European capital markets, MiFID II comes into effect on 3 January 2018.

While MiFID II applies directly to investment firms within the European Economic Area (EEA), the widened scope also includes all trading or execution venues conducting business with the EEA.

Successful implementation of a comprehensive data strategy is the key to compliance in this new regulatory environment.

At ICE Data Services, our best-in-class solutions can help you navigate the unique regulatory complexities, achieve compliance and protect your organization. Robust pricing, analytics and reference data coupled with industry leading technology provides a seamless workflow integration across the front, middle and back office.

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Years Experience
Evaluated Pricing

2 M+
Securities Using CEP
To Measure Best Execution

2 M+
Securities Measured
By ICE Liquidity IndicatorsTM

10 M+
Covered By Global Reference Data


MiFID II introduces new transparency requirements for ETFs, certificates, bonds, structured finance products, emission allowances and derivatives. Before formulating a binding quotation on a financial instrument, you’ll need to identify whether the instrument is subject to reporting requirements, and, if so, with what immediacy.

We can assist with new security-level Reference Data fields that assess the liquid status of individual securities and their respective waivers for quotes and deferrals for trades. This includes thresholds applicable to firms as well as Systematic Internalisers (LIS - large in scale and SSTI - size specific to instrument).


Understanding Risk & TRANSACTION REPORTING Requirements

MiFID II increases the breadth of securities applicable for transaction reporting, expands the number of data fields to report and demands the accuracy of reports.

At ICE Data Services, our MiFID II-specific data solutions for transaction reporting generate eligibility flags and a range of data standards, which include the CFI code (ISO 10962), LEIs and information on underlying instruments.

We aim to provide a complete and reliable MiFID II eligibility flag for transaction reporting, designed to allow you to accurately submit transaction reports and minimize the risk of fines. This flag is driven by our extensive and continually maintained reference data.

We dynamically assess the various conditions that underpin MiFID II transaction reporting eligibility, including:

  • venues where instruments trade or are due to become listed
  • when instruments become delisted
  • a thorough global assessment of ISINs with underlying instruments, indices or baskets that include components that trade in the EEA


MiFID II narrows the scope of execution-only business by modifying the existing list of financial instruments where no appropriateness analysis is required.

At ICE Data Services, our granular product complexity flag takes into account the latest feedback from industry consultations and regulatory guidance. The product complexity assessment is presented alongside an explanation of the rationale that was used. This feature is complemented by a new version of the CFI code that takes much greater account of the presence of leverage in instruments than the previous version.


MiFID II introduces mandatory symbology and instrument taxonomy, including:

  • An ISIN for all asset types (including OTC swaps)
  • a number of ISO classifications, including a CFI, FISN, sector MICs and LEI
  • detailed ESMA defined instrument classifications (this includes underlying instrument characteristics)
  • standardised tick size across the EEA

We can support trading venues and Systematic Internalisers (SIs) with the reference data required in their daily reports to National Competent Authorities detailing all instruments admitted to trading or that were traded, including where orders or quotes were placed through its system.


MiFID II introduces an obligation for firms to undertake all sufficient steps to achieve the best trading result for their clients. Reviewing a sample of trades may be regarded as reasonable, but it may no longer be sufficient under MiFID II.

Our Best Execution service utilizes Continuous Evaluated Pricing to provide a trade-by-trade measure of relative execution quality. The score is a percentile rank of trade vs. comparable transactions in the marketplace. The best execution calculator can be used as a pre-trade screen for proposed trade prices or as the basis for post-trade review and exception handling for assessments of scores that fall outside of pre-set thresholds.

Our post-trade functionality allows you to upload your trade blotters to produce reports. Additional data can be included in these reports to facilitate the trade analysis process, such as our ICE Liquidity Indicators which take into account position size to provide an understanding of potential trading volume capacity, time to liquidate and market impact.

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The Experienced Approach to Innovation

Building on our proven track record of developing industry-leading solutions that help companies adapt to new regulations, we’re using our expertise to create new tools that help you comply with MiFID II, including:

  • Enhancing reference data on a broad range of exchange-traded derivatives
  • Coverage for OTC instruments, including ISINs and reportable ESMA reference data from Derivatives Securities Bureau
  • Additional investor protection information including fees and charges
  • Transparency data from Venues and Authorised Publication Arrangements (APAs)
  • Expansion of our best execution analytics to include derivatives
  • Equity liquidity indicators
  • Functionality for the Systematic Internaliser assessment

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