11.25.2021
By Shanny Basar

Postponement of CSDR Mandatory Buy-Ins Welcomed

European regulators have postponed the mandatory buy-in rules which were due to come into force as part of the Central Securities Depositories Regulation (CSDR) Settlement Discipline Regime in February 2022.

In July sixteen trade association representing buy-side, sell-side and market infrastructures, had written to ESMA and the European Commission regarding the challenges over the timeline for implementation of the mandatory buy-in rules.

Alex Dockx, executive director at J.P. Morgan Securities Services, said in an email: “Mandatory buy-ins under CSDR had real potential to impact market liquidity, especially in stressed circumstances, and the ability for the market to trade in European securities at attractive rates. It would also create a huge burden for investors to enforce buy-ins, and would have required a major repapering of contracts for the industry. J.P. Morgan very much welcomes the decision to decouple buy-ins and review the regime. This is a very positive development for European financial markets.”

AFME

Pablo Portugal, Managing Director of Advocacy at the Association for Financial Markets in Europe, said:

“We strongly welcome the agreement by EU legislators to postpone the implementation of the mandatory buy-in provisions in the Central Securities Depositories Regulation (CSDR). The mandatory buy-in rules have been widely acknowledged as being flawed and disproportionate. Their impact would lead to wider spreads and less liquidity, meaning more expensive and less efficient capital markets for Europe’s issuers and investors.”

“We therefore support the approach to decouple the implementation of the mandatory buy-in rules from all other aspects of the settlement discipline regime. This would allow other appropriate measures, such as the penalties regime, to take effect as planned in February 2022, but avoid implementation of the current buy-in rules.

“Market participants will be awaiting further clarity from European authorities on the implementation of settlement discipline measures in February 2022 following today’s announcement.

“The planned review of the CSDR in 2022 should fundamentally reconsider mandatory buy-ins and lead to a more proportionate regime that supports Europe’s capital markets.”

International Capital Market Association

ICMA said in a statement: “ICMA very much welcomes the news of the delay to the CSDR mandatory buy-in regime. ICMA has long taken the position that this regulatory initiative contained a number of critical design flaws as well as ambiguity around scope and process, not only from an implementation perspective, but also with respect to the potential implications for EU bond market liquidity and stability.”

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