Securities Financing Transactions Regulation (SFTR) Overview


AxiomSL’s strategic regulatory platform is designed to help our clients with all current and future global Trade and Transaction Reporting requirements. All of the data collection, consolidation, validation and submission required for compliance with any and all transaction reporting regulations and directives is available on our single universal solution.

AxiomSL’s flexible, scalable, transparent solution provides all of the functionality market participants need to comply with the transaction reporting requirements of SFTR. All in-scope trades are identified, aggregated and validated before being reconciled and submitted to the Trade Repository (TR) of your choice in their required format.

AxiomSL’s ‘one platform’ model also supports many other types of regulatory reporting in jurisdictions all over the world. By using the same system for all of your regulatory reporting needs AxiomSL can greatly reduce the cost and complexity of regulatory compliance.


Securities Financing Transactions Regulation (SFTR) Benefits


Reducing The Reporting Burden: AxiomSL’s platform eliminates many manual enrichment processes greatly reducing the size of the operational team required to perform compliance related tasks. Our clients are given the ability to automate workflow processes, enabling them to scale their business faster with less dependency on expensive and time consuming back office processes. Additionally pre-submission validation checks allow our clients to proactively deal with errors before submission, thereby minimizing resubmissions and ensuring data quality.

AxiomSL’s platform keeps track of changes even down to the lowest level of granularity to the source data which then remains fully auditable. Our platform has a complete drill-down capability to the source data to quickly identify exceptions, missing or incorrect data.

Data Governance: Regulators expect comprehensive and granular reporting, signed off at the board level. This requires both accurate reports and high-quality data, supported by effective data governance. Failure to meet such requirements or prove that controls are in place to identify discrepancies can lead to fines and higher capital limits that will push up firms’ costs.

With increasing data challenges, the unarguable fact is that today major financial institutions around the world are focusing on lineage, data quality, integration and metadata to establish a solid foundation for data accuracy and process governance. This includes showing and reporting on how all upstream and downstream objects have traveled and were impacted by a change to that data throughout the entire process, with an audit trail and validation checks at the business rule or report level, allowing complete control over their reporting.

Therefore, our clients have a much greater level of trust in their data as they can track when changes were made and are able to trace and demonstrate the impact of this change. Unlike other vendors, we’re agnostic on the source format, and over the years our data integration capability has become our flagship which enables us to deploy strong global and/or regional automated processes to strengthen data governance and enhance banks’ ability to better understand and manage their risk and regulatory exposure.

Minimizing The Cost Of Compliance: AxiomSL’s single platform is designed to adapt to all existing internal and external regulation requirements across the enterprise. The platform provides the flexibility to adapt to constantly changing multijurisdictional regulations, empowering financial firms to calculate, aggregate, enrich, reconcile and validate data across siloed systems seamlessly.

By separating data management from the regulatory template, AxiomSL’s platform ensures fast and cost-effective upgrades. AxiomSL monitors all of its solutions in real near time, ensuring that that it will always be up to date and enabling users to test new regulatory developments well in advance of ‘go live dates’.

Transparency And Control: AxiomSL’s platform enables users to have full transparency of the entire workflow since the source data is never transformed during the process. Source data is protected to ensure that no unauthorized changes are made. Personal information can be masked and made accessible to only permissioned users. All changes to the system or data are logged creating a fully auditable trail.

AxiomSL’s single platform allows for global oversight of multijurisdictional requirements and deadlines and a controlled sign-off process on reports prior to submission. Email alerts can be added as part of the workflow process to inform business, technical and IT users where things have failed/passed or to remind users of impending deadlines or missed requirements.

Due to the architecture of AxiomSL, we support quick integration capabilities to new or additional Approved Publication Arrangements (APAs) and Approved Reporting Mechanisms (ARMs) providing flexibility for our clients to change or add APAs and ARMs easily. Our solutions can easily be scaled for multi-jurisdiction activities and support multi-threaded, multi-tier component based architecture (including load balancing).


Securities Financing Transactions Regulation (SFTR) Challenges


The purpose of SFTR is to provide authorities with a comprehensive overview of the market for SFTs and for the identification and monitoring of financial stability risks entailed by shadow banking activities. SFTR is expected to go live in the first half of 2018.

The trades in-scope for SFTR comprise of repurchase transactions, securities and commodities lending and borrowing transactions, buy/sell-back and sell/buy-back transactions and margin lending transactions. Counterparties to an SFT having to report the SFT’s details to a TR upon its conclusion, modification or termination.

Parties reusing financial instruments received under a collateral arrangement will have to disclose the risks and consequences of this action and obtain written consent from the providing counterparty. Managers of Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS) and Alternative Investment Fund Managers (AIFMs) will need to disclose their use of SFTs and total return swaps to investors in their half-yearly and annual reports and in their pre-investment disclosures.

Similar to the reporting obligation imposed on counterparties to derivatives under the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR), the SFTR imposes an obligation on both counterparties to an SFT to report details of the transaction to a TR within one working day of the transaction’s conclusion, modification or termination.

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