REGIS-TR, the pan-European leader in trade repository services is planning to set up a Trade Repository in the UK. The British Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) requires a meaningful presence in the UK in a post-Brexit world. REGIS-TR, domiciled in Luxembourg, will set up the necessary technical infrastructure and staff an office in order to maintain a continuous service for UK clients. REGIS-TR is a joint venture launched by Iberclear and Clearstream in 2010. Clearstream already maintains an office and IT infrastructure in London, and full-time employees are already providing trade repository services for UK clients, who make up a significant portion of REGIS-TR’s client base.
“In the interest of stable markets and business continuity it is paramount for us that we meet our UK clients’ needs and ensure a smooth transition for all of our clients. To that end, we will provide close guidance, and will make sure clients can meet their testing requirements. That’s why we decided in a timely manner, well before the UK leaves the European Union, to set up a trade repository in the UK. Working across multiple jurisdictions is familiar territory for us, because REGIS-TR is the only trade repository with approval for both the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) and the Swiss markets regulation FinfraG,” said Elena Carnicero, CEO, REGIS-TR.
The UK trade repository is expected to be operational in the coming weeks pending approval by the national regulator. Trade repositories already based in London need to establish a TR in EU 27 to continue to service their EU clients, post-BREXIT, subject to approval from the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA).
REGIS-TR is open to financial and non-financial institutions and services all of the major regulatory reporting obligations in Europe. The trade repository collects and administers details of trades and transactions reported by its clients to give market participants and regulators an aggregated view of positions in compliance with the appropriate regulations. In addition to its core services, REGIS-TR is already progressing well towards its goal of becoming a one-stop-shop for regulatory reporting requirements. In addition to SFTR, it already provides cost effective EMIR and FinfraG regulatory reporting services to more than 1,500 client accounts – facilitating transparency to national and pan-European regulatory bodies.