Europe's Asset Segregation Dilemma Stifles Harmonization of Post-Trade Infrastructure

The operational implications and the heated debate around the Central Securities Depository Regulation's most controversial provision is impinging on the industry's move toward harmonizing post-trade processes.

One direct response to the financial crisis of 2008 was the creation of the Central Securities Depositories Regulation (CSDR)—one of the three pillars standing alongside Mifid II and the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (Emir). Rolled out in 2014, the program is designed to serve as something of a safe haven for European assets. 

One of the most significant mandates was the CSD obligation to offer two different types of accounts to clients: a fully segregated one, in which individual

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