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FIA European Principal Traders Association

FIA European Principal Traders Association (FIA EPTA) represents Europe’s leading Principal Trading Firms. Our 30 members are independent market makers and providers of liquidity and risk transfer for exchanges and end-investors across Europe. We work constructively with policymakers, regulators and other market stakeholders to ensure efficient, resilient, high-quality financial markets.

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  • FIA EPTA members elect new Executive Committee

    FIA EPTA’s members have elected a new Executive Committee as the governing body of the industry organisation. Johannah Ladd (Quantlab BV) and Virginie Saade (Citadel Securities Europe Ltd) were re-elected for a two-year term in ExCo. Chris Rhodes (Tyler Capital Ltd.) and David Furlong (Virtu Financial LLC) were newly elected for a two-year term in ExCo.

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  • FIA EPTA publish Principles on Sustainable Finance and ESG

    FIA EPTA, representing Europe’s leading non-bank market makers and liquidity providers, published its new Principles on Sustainable Finance and ESG. FIA EPTA strongly believes that non-bank market makers and liquidity providers can play an important role in the transition towards a more sustainable financial ecosystem.

    The new Principles reflect the commitment by FIA EPTA and its members to support the success of Sustainable Finance and ESG initiatives at all levels of the capital markets. The principles further clarify how market makers and liquidity providers can and will contribute to achieving Europe’s Sustainable Finance goals.

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  • Response by FIA EPTA to the FCA’s second Consultation Paper on a new UK prudential regime for MiFID investment firms

    The FIA European Principal Traders Association (FIA EPTA) appreciates the opportunity to provide feedback to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) on its second Consultation Paper regarding the implementation of the new UK prudential regime for MiFID investment firms. This document constitutes FIA EPTA’s response to the FCA’s Consultation Paper on a new UK prudential regime for MiFID investment firms (CP21/7).

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  • FIA EPTA, ISDA and FIA joint response to the European Commission's targeted consultation on the functioning of the European Supervisory Authorities

    The Associations consider that supervisory convergence and the removal of cross-border impediments should be the primary focus of the ESAs. Should further direct powers be considered for ESMA, the Associations support a targeted approach and suggest several areas where ESMA has a strong and direct role to play.

    The Associations have been fully supportive of the creation of the ESAs, which have played a crucial role in developing EU financial markets and we applaud the ESAs for all their achievements over the past 10 years. The ESAs will continue to be vital in the furtherance of an effective Capital Markets Union (CMU), and we will be working closely with the European Commission and the ESAs on an ongoing basis to continue to evolve safe and efficient EU capital markets.

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  • CMU and the Investment Firm Review: strengthening European capital markets through proportionality

    Hands up if you want up-and-coming European companies to have sufficient access to the money they need to grow and to drive prosperity across the EU? It’s a no brainer – and one of the reasons why European politicians and regulators are keen to push forward the Capital Markets Union.

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  • Developing the CMU through an effective new Prudential Regime for Investment Firms

    One of the building blocks of the EU’s Capital Markets Union project is entering a crucial few months as the proposed new Prudential Regime for Investment Firms enters parliamentary scrutiny.

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  • Flash Crashes – time to stop knee-jerk blaming of HFT?

    On the 6th May 2010, Wall Street experienced what quickly became known as the ‘Flash Crash’. On the 15th January 2015, the Swiss Franc experienced a similar event against the Euro. And in October 2016, there was a flash crash in sterling, following Britain’s vote to leave the EU. The recent events in the sterling market seemed like a good idea to look back at the post event analysis of previous ‘flash crashes’ and review the findings.

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  • The growing body of HFT research: time to put old arguments to bed?

    Over the last few years the great and the good of the world’s regulatory authorities that govern financial markets have studied the impacts of the electronification of the markets, and the role played by high frequency trading. We welcome the recognition in these studies that markets and end users benefit from increased use of innovative technology, in line with the experience with innovation in other industries. We provide a summary of the recent reports.

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  • Five years’ of providing a voice to the EU principal trading industry

    This summer, FIA EPTA marked the 5th anniversary of its foundation. Although still a comparatively young organisation, this milestone has caused the people, like myself, who were there at the start to reflect upon how things have changed since we’ve been in business – as well as looking forward to what the next five years might bring.

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  • CRD IV bonus cap has perverse effect of increasing risk

    The EU's Capital Requirements Directive CRD IV has imposed a bonus cap on credit institutions and investment firms with the intention of discouraging the excessive risk-taking with client monies that contributed to the financial crisis. However, the inappropriate application of this bonus cap to principal trading firms now has the potential to result in the perverse effect of actually increasing risk, whilst hurting market quality.

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