Not Everyone's Cup of Tea: The Verdict on MiFID II

44 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2021

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Catherine McBride

Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA)

Date Written: May 24, 2019


MiFID II, together with MiFIR (Regulation (EU) No 600/2014), was intended to create a more transparent, competitive and integrated financial market in the EU by reducing trading outside regulated markets, increasing protection for investors and consumers, and improving financial stability. The Directive harmonises the EU regulatory regime with respect to organisational requirements for investment firms, regulated markets, data reporting services, and conduct of business rules for investment services, including inducements, disclosure requirements, and product governance rules. However, one year on, many practitioners’ initial fears about MiFID II appear to have been realised, especially with regard to unbundled research causing a reduction in the amount of research available on smaller companies. Fears that new firms would be discouraged from starting in the UK due to excessive EU regulation and their "gold plating" by the UK government have also proved to be well founded. Gold plating was cited as a particular problem for new market entrants in the insurance industry.

Keywords: European Union, EU, EU regulation, UK, Britain, financial markets, investment regulation, insurance, government policy

JEL Classification: F53, F55, F15, F65, L51, L88, M48, G18, G14, G28, G22

Suggested Citation

McBride, Catherine, Not Everyone's Cup of Tea: The Verdict on MiFID II (May 24, 2019). Institute of Economic Affairs, Available at SSRN: or

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