BaFin calls for equal treatment of index licensing

The German watchdog is currently appealing against the Frankfurt High Court's decision that indexes used for portfolio management purposes should be exempt from licensing regulations.

Du Buisson argued that there are currently discrepancies in the licensing of different indexes. For example, the DAX and the FTSE 100 Index are created for benchmarking and therefore require licenses, but those that are created by issuers for portfolio management purposes can currently bypass the licensing rule

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