MiFID / Natixis’ policy
Developments since MiFID
Purpose of MiFID
The regulatory frameworks for investment service providers has been significantly revised by the European authorities, in response to the 2008 financial crisis, driven by a double purpose to improve the transparency of financial markets and to increase the investors protection.
For transactions on financial markets, the measures introduced by the regulations aim to limit the opacity of markets, regardless of the products traded (shares, bonds, derivatives). Pre- and post-trade transparency is thus at the center of the device, materialized by higher requirements in terms of publication of transactions and reporting to supervisors.
In this post-crisis context, investor protection remains a priority. Measures to provide clients with standardized and detailed information, ex ante and ex post, on costs and charges are a key element of the recently implemented devices. The introduction of a product governance and client knowledge system within the organizations, which aims to offer clients the best product for their profile, its needs and objectives, is also a significant progress. The rules of professional conduct aimed in particular at preventing conflicts of interest with regard to the remuneration of brokers have been significantly revised, by introducing a strict framework or even prohibitions in certain situations, thus recalling the fundamental nature of the primacy of the client's interest.
Best Execution Policy
As part of the European directive MiFID, Natixis is required to establish a policy for the execution of orders for the benefit of its professional and non-professional clients. The execution rules adopted are listed in detail in the documents available on our website.
This execution policy is accompanied, in some cases, by an obligation of best execution which involves the implementation of measures within Natixis guaranteeing the best execution of orders for each client (assessed by costs and speed). We monitor continuously the effectiveness of our rules for the execution of orders and of our Execution Policy, to identify and implement improvements if needed. Also, Natixis reviews its Execution Policy on a regular basis to ensure that nothing affects its ability to continue to get the best results for its clients.
Managing conflicts of interest
The primacy of the client's interest is a cornerstone of the ethics of Natixis. It is one of the founding principles of its activity visible in the policy of each of its institutions. It helps to prevent and manage conflicts that may arise during the provision of investment services between the interests of the institutions (or their staff) and those of a client or between a client's interests and those of another client.
To detect potential conflicts of interests, the Compliance function implemented organizational measures, administrative procedures for the treatment and control of operations along with IT tools.
Information on the fees, commissions or non-monetary benefits
Natixis would like to inform its clients (existing or potential) that within the context of its capital markets business, Natixis may receive from or pay to third parties (e.g. introducing brokers, distributors, brokers, asset managers) certain commissions, fees or non-monetary benefits in connection with the provision of investment or ancillary services.
Upon request, Natixis may communicate to its clients any additional information relating to these remunerations, commissions or non-monetary benefits.