The European Union (Markets in Financial Instruments) Regulations 2017 (S.I. 375/2017) (the "MiFID II Regulations") have now been signed into Irish law and will come into operation on 3 January 2018.

The MiFID II Regulations transpose Directive 2014/65/EU on Markets in Financial Instruments, along with elements of Regulation 600/2014/ EU, the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation, together, for the purposes of this briefing ("MiFID II").

The delay in publishing the MiFID II Regulations (which should have been published by 3 July) will increase pressure on impacted firms to ensure that they are fully compliant with all aspects of the MiFID II Regulations prior to 3 January 2018.

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