Consolidated tape hopefuls gear up for uncertain tender process

The bond tapes in the UK and EU are on track to be authorized in 2025. Prospective bidders for the role of provider must choose where to focus their efforts in anticipation of more regulatory clarity on the tender process.

Credit: alfexe

This week, amendments to Europe’s Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (Mifir) will come into force, firing the starting gun on the race to build a key market infrastructure. These changes to the regulatory regime for EU markets are intended to usher in a consolidated tape—the live stream of trade data from across Europe that public authorities have been trying to set up for years.

The European Securities and Markets Authority (Esma) is aiming to authorize a bond tape by Q4 2025, and an

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