Organised Trading Facilities (OTFs)
Organised Trading Facilities (OTFs)

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

  • Organised Trading Facilities (OTFs)
  • OTFs—introduction
  • OTFs and the Market Abuse Regulation
  • The regulation of OTFs in the UK
  • What is an OTF?
  • Authorisation of OTFs under MiFID II
  • Register of OTFs under MiFID II
  • Operating an OTF in the UK
  • OTFs and passporting
  • OTFs—trading process requirements
  • more

BREXIT: The UK is leaving the EU on Exit Day (as defined in the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018). This has an impact on this Practice Note. For further guidance, see Practice Note: The impact of Brexit on the MiFID II regime.

The recast Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (Directive 2014/65/EU) (MiFID II) and the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (Regulation (EU) 600/2014) (MiFIR), which were adopted in 2014 and came into effect on 3 January 2018, replaced the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (Directive 2004/39/EC) (MiFID). MiFID II and MiFIR introduced a new type of trading venue, the 'organised trading facility' or 'OTF', in order to capture broker-crossing networks and other multilateral systems for trading in bonds, structured finance products, emission allowances or derivatives that fall outside the categories of regulated markets (RMs), multilateral trading facilities (MTFs) and systematic internalisers (SIs). OTFs are also intended to include systems for trading derivatives that are eligible for clearing under Regulation (EU) 648/2012 (the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation or EMIR). This Practice Note focuses on the regulation of OTFs under MiFID II and MiFIR, as implemented in the UK. In addition, the Market Abuse Regulation (Regulation (EU) 596/2014), which came into effect on 3 July 2016, expanded the EU market abuse regime to cover financial instruments traded on OTFs.


OTFs are