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Green Light for the Rebundling of Payments for Research & Execution Commissions

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In a new paper released by the Swedish Presidency of the EU Council (attached for easy reference), it is proposed that payments for research and execution services can be bundled by investment firms.

This represents an important evolution of the controversial research unbundling imposed by MiFID II on how research can be paid. Currently, if using clients’ funds to pay for research services investment firms can only pay for research services out of a research payment account isolated from the execution services payments.

With this change, investment firms that use clients’ funds will be able to pay for research services with the same commission as they pay for execution services, provided they maintain the necessary transparency vis-a-vis the client as to the payment choice made.

Considering that the clients’ agreement for any additional costs will remain a requirement, we do not expect any important shift in the way investment firms pay for research services.

However, with the new proposal investment firms, when using clients’ funds, will be able to pay for US-based brokers’ research services by using trading commissions, which will become a requirement from 4 July 2023 with the termination of the SEC non-action letter on MiFID. 

We will inform you when this proposal is approved by the EU Co-Legislators, or, in the absence of such formal approval, when ESMA provides the necessary regulatory forbearance.

Click here to down the full paper released by the Swedish Presidency –Listing Act – Presidency compromise proposal on Listing Act Directive.

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