Project Sentinel: Industry Participants Collaborate on MiFID II Implementation

21 June 2016

Project Sentinel, a collaborative initiative by a group of banks to mutualise the cost of MiFID II implementation in the OTC front office, has announced the creation of a normalised regulatory data model that assists investment firms to meet their MiFID II OTC sales and trading requirements. This data model is the first piece of a larger puzzle to create a standardised approach for ensuring regulatory conformance for front office OTC sales and trading activities.

Solving the MiFID II challenge requires a significant amount of human resources to keep pace with, understand and document the changing landscape, alongside a significant technology investment that, if solved on an institution by institution basis, will demand substantial investment by each individual bank in areas that provide limited or no competitive advantage. The aim of Project Sentinel is to enable market participants to pool resources with their peer group in such non-competitive regulatory areas, by investing in a standards-based, strategic MiFID II compliant technology solution that streamlines and automates the MiFID II business processes for the front-office, brings value and efficiency back to the business and reduces commercial risk.

The focus of Project Sentinel is on:

  • Collaboration to reduce costs and risks through the mutualisation of analysis, interpretation and implementation
  • Reduced cost of compliance due to sharing of costs of IT investment
  • Economies of scale to create a competitive, market-leading, ‘best-in-class’ solution
  • Ensuring dedicated, focused resources working on a single project
  • Consistent interpretation of MiFID II across participating institutions
  • A flexible, future proof solution that can easily be adapted to other regulatory regimes EMIR and Dodd-Frank

The next phase of Project Sentinel is mapping out the MiFID II compliant workflows for the core permutations of interaction types / client types / trading models / venue types / instruments across the trading lifecycle to allow the selection of best-of-breed technology solutions (buy or build) for the new market structure to come.

Sassan Danesh, Managing Partner, Etrading Software said: “We are delighted to facilitate this important initiative on behalf of market participants to create a modern, low-cost, standards-based MiFID II infrastructure capable of servicing client needs efficiently and electronically.”

Etrading Software has been engaged as PMO to facilitate the collaboration amongst the Project Sentinel group of banks.

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