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New rules, regarding financial transactions and insturements, are set to shake up the European regulatory scene for a diverse range of financial services firms. Importantly, they are due to be implemented on January 3, 2018, with a zero-tolerance policy. Time is running out.

So any business not meeting the requirements will face punishment in the form of heavy fines, meaning it’s vital to act now.

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Today, businesses are likely to use multiple channels for communicating with each other, and with customers, partners and clients. Employees rely on a multitude of communications channels, including fixed and mobile phones, laptops and devices that support not only voice calls, but also email, SMS, VoIP and enterprise-based chat solutions, such as Skype for Business, in order to perform their daily tasks efficiently and smartly.

In addition, the BYOD phenomenon means that employees are often working remotely. All of this requires an infrastructure that supports multiple channels, both on-premise and remotely. So what does this have to do with MiFID II?

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One of the main changes that will be introduced by the upcoming Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II, (MiFID II), and the accompanying Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR) will be a requirement for financial services companies and individuals to record all fixed and mobile calls, and other electronic communications intended to bring about a transaction, and store them for 5 years. Failure to comply will mean hefty fines.

MiFID II is set to take effect, with a zero-tolerance policy, on January 3, 2018. It expands on existing rules, under MiFID, and is designed to take into account changes in the trading environment since MiFID and, in light of the financial crisis, to improve the functioning of financial markets making them more efficient, resilient and transparent.

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MiFID II – Why you need to act now!

The Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II, known as MiFID II, and the accompanying Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR) will take effect, with a zero-tolerance policy, on January 3, 2018.

Any business not meeting the requirements will face punishment in the form of heavy fines, so it’s essential to act now, rather than take a ‘head in the sand’ approach.

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