Central Securities Depositories Regulation

What is the Buy-in aspect of the CSDR?

The Central Securities Depository Regulation (CSDR) introduces mandatory Buy-ins for not settled securities transactions after a certain number of days following the intended settlement day. The receiving Trading Party or Trading Venue Member of the transaction must appoint a Buy-in Agent who executes the Buy-in. In case the Buy-in Agent was unable to source the securities, a mandatory Cash Compensation Process starts.

When will the Buy-in obligation of the CSDR apply to the market?

The mandatory Buy-in requirements are currently scheduled to enter into force on 1 February 2022. This is dependent on no objections received from the European Parliament and the European Council.

What role does the Buy-in Agent have with regards to the cash penalties which the CSDR introduces for settlement fails?

Cash penalties apply from the first day of settlement failure until the end of the Buy-in process. The Buy-in Agent is not involved in the calculation or payment of the cash penalties. This is done by the involved CSD.

Which instruments/asset classes are in scope of the Buy-in obligation?

All deliverable securities are in scope which are traded or admitted for trading at one of the EU stock-exchanges, trading venues or cleared/admitted for clearing in one of the EU central counterparties, and which are supposed to settle in an EU CSD or ICSD. Shares which have their primary trading venue outside the EU are exempted from the Buy-ins. A list of excluded shares is provided by ESMA.

What is the extension period?

The extension period is a grace period following the intended settlement day (ISD) prior to the Buy-in that allows the Failing Counterparty to still deliver the securities and thereby curing the fail. During the extension period CSDs are calculating settlement fails penalties. After the end of the extension period, the Buy-in process must be initiated. The extension period differs by asset type:

  • ISD +4 for liquid shares
  • ISD +7 for other financial instruments
  • ISD +15 for shares traded on a SME growth market

Which transactions are subject to a mandatory Buy-in?

For all non-centrally cleared securities transactions which fail to settle in an EU CSD or ICSD, the receiving trading party or trading venue member must initiate the Buy-in process with the Buy-in Agent. There are only a few exceptions (e.g. certain repo and securities lending transactions). In the case of transactions via a central counterparty (CCP), the CCP executes the Buy-in or appoints a Buy-in Agent. In case a CCP fails to deliver securities, no Buy-in shall be triggered by the receiving Clearing Member.

Are there any transactions that are exempted from the Buy-in regime?

Securities lending and repo transaction with a maturity of less than 30 business days are exempted from the mandatory Buy-in, as well as transactions in shares which have their primary trading venue outside the EU. A list of excluded shares is provided by ESMA.

What if the Buy-in was not triggered?

In case the Buy-in was not triggered, the receiving party is violating the Terms of the CSDR, which concerns settlements in all EU CSDs and is applicable to any entity (worldwide) that is the trading party in such a transaction.

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