FCA best execution rules
FCA best execution rules

The following Financial Services guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • FCA best execution rules
  • Background to best execution requirements
  • Application of best execution requirements
  • The best execution obligation
  • Scope of the FCA’s best execution requirements
  • Detailed rules
  • Firms that transmit or place orders with other entities for execution
  • Best execution for UCITS management companies
  • Quality of execution
  • FSA and FCA review of best execution

BREXIT: As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this Practice Note. For further guidance, see Practice Note: The impact of Brexit on the MiFID II regime.

Background to best execution requirements

This Practice Note explains the Financial Conduct Authority's (FCA) rules for the execution of client orders, known as the best execution rules.

These best execution requirements were introduced under the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (Directive 2004/39/EC) (MiFID) and form part of set of common standards for investor protection throughout the EU which are designed to promote market efficiency generally and the best possible execution results for investors individually. MiFID has been replaced by the recast Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (Directive 2014/65/EU) (MiFID II Directive) and the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (Regulation (EU) 600/2014) (MiFIR) (together with the MiFID II framework). Both the MiFID II Directive and MiFIR entered into force on 2 July 2014. As amended, the majority of the MiFID II framework has applied since 3 January 2018, and EU Member States had until 3 July 2017 to transpose the provisions of MiFID II into national law.