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Product Governance and Investor Protection

The answer from MiFID II is not what we thought

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MiFID II is looming and the entire industry is still grappling with some of the additional obligations - some of them unusually burdensome and costly to implement - the recast directive will impose on market participants.

In particular, MiFID II introduced a new set of product governance rules designed to increase the level of investor protection. As stated in the ESMA Consultation Paper on Draft Guidelines on MiFID II product governance requirements, these new rules aim at ensuring that product manufacturers of financial instruments and structured deposits, as well as distributors, have at all times the best interests of the investors in mind. The new product governance requirements under MiFID II are introduced having in mind the best interests of investors. When it comes to presenting a client with an investment product or solution, according to the new rules this will have to be perfectly suitable for their best needs and interests, which should at all times prevail over commercial or funding needs of investment firms.

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