Don't panic - an update on SFTR

John Kernan


This blog was first published on 6 July 2018

Don't panic

The recent article posted in The Securities Lending Times regarding the ‘go live’ date for SFTR has generated a small amount of concern from market participants, but our advice to firms who will be transaction reporting under SFTR would be those very words: ‘Don’t Panic!’

The ‘go live’ date mentioned doesn’t refer to the reporting start date, but instead the expected date for publication of the Technical Standards into the Official Journal. Once published, the 12 month clock starts ticking as we count down to the start of reporting for the Phase 1 firms (Investment Firms & Credit Institutions), followed at 3 month intervals by CCPs and CSDs, then other Financial Counterparties, and finally Non-Financials.

Speaking of The Hitchhiker’s Guide, fellow sci-fi novelist Arthur C Clarke once said that “Don’t Panic” was probably the best advice that could be given to humanity. It’s good advice even if you haven’t yet started your SFTR planning. We say this because the reporting go live dates are exactly in line with our expectations, so ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ giving some deep thought on the draft Technical Standards to identify which data fields you need to report, where that data is located and how you will consolidate it and submit to REGIS-TR in ISO20022 format for your reporting start date, determined by your counterparty classification.

At REGIS-TR, we’re well advanced on our project planning for SFTR. With Clearstream as one of our parent companies, we have unique pedigree in this space, combining our regulatory reporting expertise with securities lending, repo and collateral management expertise. Please contact us at if you would like us to explain how we can help you with your SFTR obligations.


The article published in The Securities Lending Times was based on analysis undertaken by leading regulatory consulting firm Market Finreg.

This blog represents my own personal interpretation of the regulatory timeline and not the views/opinions of REGIS-TR. It is for information purposes only, is not intended to provide professional legal advice and should not be relied upon in that regard.