The London Stock Exchange ("LSE") requires all AIM companies with securities admitted to trading on AIM to have a Legal Entity Identifier (“LEI”) code. This is in order to ensure compliance with the obligations under Markets in Financial Instrument Directive (“MiFID II") and Market Abuse Regulation, which require market operators, such as London Stock Exchange, to collate LEI codes for each issuer with securities admitted to trading.
MiFID II will introduce a new designation of “SME Growth Market” that operators of qualifying markets can voluntarily apply for. London Stock Exchange, as operator of the largest market for small and medium sized growth companies in the EU, has applied to the FCA for AIM.
The FCA is proposing to automatically convert individuals from the Approved Persons Regime to the Senior Managers and Certification Regime; the majority of firms will not need to submit applications to convert Approved Persons to Senior Managers.
Firms will have the option, but not the obligation, to continue to provide projections to retail investors outside of the Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products (PRIIPs) standardised key information document (KID), providing they are produced in line with COBS rules