EU DLT Pilot Regime A guide to the application process for operating a DLT market infrastructure
06 February 2023
06 February 2023
The European Union DLT Pilot Regime (DLT Pilot Regime), which has an implementation date of 23 March 2023, represents a significant step forward in the use of distributed ledger technology (DLT) in the European financial services sector. When originally drafted, EU financial services legislation did not envisage DLT and/or digital assets and therefore contains provisions which may prevent or constrain the use of DLT in the issuance, trading and settlement of financial instruments.
The DLT Pilot Regime seeks to address this state of affairs by providing authorisation to Multilateral Trading Facilities (MTFs) and Central Securities Depositaries (CSDs) to operate DLT financial market infrastructure. As part of such authorisation, MTFs and CSDs can be granted temporary exemptions, for a period of up to six years, from certain existing requirements of EU financial services legislation in order to enable the use of DLT without contravening such legislation.
Following the publication by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) on 15 December 2022 of Guidelines on standard forms, formats and templates to apply for permission to operate a DLT Market Infrastructure (Guidelines), new market entrants and incumbent market participants can immediately start preparing their applications to operate DLT market infrastructures under the DLT Pilot Regime.
We have prepared a guide in order to assist financial markets incumbents to enlarge their scope of activities, and new financial market entrants to offer new services, pursuant to the DLT Pilot Regime.
The guide provides:
Read our guide to the application process for operating a DLT market [PDF]