Reporting Duty

Based on the FMIA, SESTA, the corresponding ordinances and circular, trading participants of Swiss trading venues and securities dealers are obliged to report all transactions to the Reporting Office of the trading venue for transparency and market integrity purposes. Exemptions from the reporting obligation are governed by FMIO, SESTO and FINMA Circular 2008/11 (e.g. for foreign trading participants to avoid double reporting).

In addition to the current practice participants and securities dealers have two new requirements:
a)    Submit the “beneficial owner” information for client trades, and
b)    Report trades in derivatives where the underlying instruments are admitted to trading on a Swiss trading venue. 

Within their new circular 2018/2 FINMA has outlined the requirement for the beneficial owner information. The requirement is:

  • For individuals; Country Code (ISO 3166-1 alpha2) + Date of Birth (YYYYMMDD) + bank-internal code
  • For institutions; Legal Entity Identifier (LEI), Bank Identifier Code (BIC) or Commercial Register Number and Country Code

These changes become effective on 1.1.2018.

Note:  SIX Securities Services has joined forces with The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) to offer Swiss entities an easy straight forward way to apply for LEIs.

The reporting duty to a trade repository for derivatives transactions remains.
Further details can be found on the website of SIX Securities Services

Our approach

Due to the additional requirement to submit the beneficial owner information, current workflows and processes need to be adapted. A new attribute will be introduced on the relevant interfaces and the trading venue participants and securities dealers can submit this information with a trade/transaction report (post-trade).

It is foreseen that the reporting office will also accept transaction reports as defined in MiFIR RTS 22 and confirmed in the final circular 2018/2 by FINMA.  

Further details and the relevant technical interface specifications will be published early Q2 2017. Implementation is scheduled for SMR7 (2017).


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