• MIR 2.8 MIR 2.8 Membership criteria and access

    • MIR 2.8.1

      A Recognised Body must ensure that access to its facilities is subject to criteria designed to protect the orderly functioning of the market and the interests of investors.

    • MIR 2.8.2

      The  Recognised  Body  must  make  transparent  and  non‐discriminatory  rules,  based  on objective criteria, governing access to, or membership of, its facilities. In particular, those rules must specify the obligations for users or Members of its facilities arising from:

      (a) the constitution and administration of the Recognised Body;
      (b) rules relating to transactions on a Recognised Body’s market;
      (c) its professional standards for staff of any Authorised Person, or Remote Member, having access to or membership of a financial market operated by the Recognised Body;
      (d) conditions established for access to or membership of a financial market operated by  the  Recognised  Body  by  Persons  other  than  Authorised  Persons,  including Remote Members; and
      (e) the rules and procedures for Clearing and settlement of transactions.

    • MIR 2.8.3

      The Recognised Body shall only give access to or admit to membership a Person who:

      (a) is fit and proper and of sufficient good repute;
      (b) has a sufficient level of ability, competence and experience, including appropriate standards of conduct for its staff;
      (c) where applicable, has adequate organisational arrangements, including financial and technological resources; and
      (d) where that Person is a Remote Member, they have been granted a Recognition Order by the Regulator under section 138A of FSMR.

    • MIR 2.8.4

      A Recognised Body must immediately notify the Regulator of the:
      (a) receipt of a Member application from a Remote Member;
      (b) approval by the Recognised Body of a Remote Member application; and
      (c) imposition of disciplinary measures or sanctions on a Remote Member by the Recognised Body.

    • MIR 2.8.5

      In assessing whether access to a Recognised Body's facilities is subject to criteria designed to protect the orderly functioning of the market, or of those facilities, and the interests of investors, the Regulator may have regard to whether:

      (a) the Recognised Body limits access as a Member to such Persons:
      (i) over whom it can with reasonable certainty enforce its rules contractually;
      (ii) who have sufficient technical competence to use its facilities;
      (iii) whom it is appropriate to admit to membership having regard to the size and sophistication of users of its facilities and the nature of the business effected by means of, or cleared through, its facilities; and
      (iv) (if appropriate) who have adequate financial resources in relation to their exposure to the Recognised Body;
      (b) indirect access to the Recognised Body's facilities is subject to suitable criteria, remains the responsibility of a Member of the Recognised Body and is subject to its rules;
      (c) where access is granted to Members outside the Abu Dhabi Global Market, there are adequate safeguards against financial crime.
      (d) the Recognised Body’s rules:
      (i) over whom it can with reasonable certainty enforce its rules contractually;
      (ii) set out the risk for Members and other participants when accessing and participating on the Recognised Body’s facilities;
      (iii) contain provisions for the resolution of Members’ and other participants’ disputes and an appeal process for the decisions of the Recognised Body;
      (iv) contain disciplinary proceedings, including any sanctions that may be imposed by the Recognised Body against its Members and other participants; and
      (v) any other matters necessary for the proper functioning of the Recognised Body and the facilities operated by it.

    • MIR 2.8.6

      The Recognised Body must make arrangements regularly to provide the Regulator with a list of users or Members of its facilities.

    • Electronic access

      • MIR 2.8.7

        A  Recognised  Body may  only  permit  a Member  to  provide  its  Clients Direct Electronic Access to the Recognised Body's facilities where: 

        (a) the  Clients meet  the  suitability  criteria established  by  the Member in  order  to meet the requirements in Rule 2.8.8;
        (b) the  Member  retains  responsibility  for  the  orders  and  trades  executed  by  the Clients who are using Direct Electronic Access; and
        (c) the  Member  has  adequate  mechanisms  to  prevent  the  Clients  placing  or executing orders using Direct Electronic Access in a manner that would result in the Member exceeding its position or margin limits.

      • MIR 2.8.8

        A  Recognised  Body  which  permits  its  Members  to  allow  their  Clients  to  have  Direct Electronic Access to its trading facilities must:

        (a) set  appropriate  standards  regarding  risk  controls  and  thresholds  on  trading through Direct Electronic Access;
        (b) be able to identify orders and trades made through Direct Electronic Access; and
        (c) if  necessary,  be  able  to  stop  orders  or  trades  made  by  a  Client  using  Direct Electronic Access provided by the Member without affecting the other orders or trades made or executed by that Member.

      • MIR 2.8.9 [Deleted]

        "Direct Electronic Access" means any arrangement, such as the use of the Member's trading code, through which a Member or the clients of that Member are able to transmit orders relating to investments directly to the facility provided by the Recognised Body.

      • MIR 2.8.10

        A Person who is permitted to have Direct Electronic Access to a Recognised Body's facilities through a Member is not, by virtue of such permission, a Member of the Recognised Body.

      • MIR 2.8.11

        The Regulator may have regard to the arrangements made to permit Direct Electronic Access to the Recognised Body's facilities and to prevent and resolve problems likely to arise from the use of electronic systems to provide indirect access to its facilities by Persons other than its Members, including:

        (a) the rules and guidance governing Members' procedures, controls and security arrangements for inputting instructions into the system;
        (b) the  rules  and  guidance  governing  the  facilities  Members  provide  to  Clients  to input instructions into the system and the restrictions placed on the use of those systems; 
        (c) the rules and practices to detect, identify, and halt or remove instructions breaching any relevant restrictions;
        (d) the quality and completeness of the audit trail of any transaction processed through an electronic connection system; and
        (e) procedures to determine whether to suspend trading by those systems or access to them by or through individual Members.