European regulators are now taking a shot at promoting transparency. Last year, the European Commission put forth a proposal for an update to its Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, or MiFID, which was passed in November 2007 to create a more level playing field among exchanges and trading venues and create greater transparency for investors. MiFID II would specifically turn up the spotlight on dark pools, asset classes outside of equities (which was the main focus of the “classic” MiFID), and high-frequency trading.
Intimately involved with the evolution of MiFID is Philippe Guillot, Executive Director of the Markets Division, Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF); his division monitors financial markets, infrastructure and market stakeholders. Furthermore, the AMF was established by the Financial Security Act of August 1st 2003, and was formed from the merger of the Commission des Opérations de Bourse (COB), the Conseil des Marchés Financiers (CMF) and the Conseil de Discipline de la Gestion Financière (CDGF). The objective in amalgamating these bodies was to improve the efficiency of France’s financial regulatory system and to give it greater visibility. The AMF also lends its support to financial market regulation at the European and International levels.
Mr. Guillot, who will keynote upcoming High-Frequency Trading Leaders Forum 2013 London, began his career in finance in 1987 at DKL James Capel (now HSBC), where he held various positions focused on financial markets. In 1991 he joined Enskilda Securities as a market maker, first in Paris then in London. In 1998 he moved to Crédit Agricole Cheuvreux in Paris, taking over as head of Facilitation, before being appointed Group Trading Director in 2006, in Paris then London. Throughout all these years, Mr. Guillot has played an active role in numerous working groups and market authorities dealing with MiFID issues. He was a member of the Securities Trading Committee of the AFME (Association for Financial Markets in Europe), and represented Cheuvreux with the Regulated Markets and MTF (Multilateral Trading Facilities). Mr. Guillot holds a degree in private law from Paris XI University.