Head in the sand

The new Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (Mifid) is due to come into force in Europe on 1 November 2007. In summary, Mifid will mean three significant changes for the energy business:

• New rules for buying and selling energy derivatives.

• New rules for energy exchanges and markets.

• New rules for marketing energy derivatives across the EU plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein (the European Economic Area, or EEA).

New market and clearing choices

After Mifid, all organised markets mus

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