Forex Regulation in Europe – Which Government Bodies Regulate Forex Brokers in the EU?

Forex Regulation in Europe – Which Government Bodies Regulate Forex Brokers in the EU?

Forex regulation in Europe falls under MiFID II guidelines, which means that a standard set of rules and regulations apply to all European Union member states equally. A common, perfectly legal practice in the EU is for FX brokers to obtain a license in a region like Cyprus and then “passport” regulation to all EU member states. Bear in mind that each EU member state has specific rules and regulations pertaining to their respective country which, in some cases, may supersede EU regulation. Because of potential differences between pan-EU and member state regulations, it’s helpful to know which regulatory body in each EU member state is responsible for forex & CFD regulation. We’ve outlined each EU member state’s regulator body below and as a supplement, also added a couple of non-EU member states to the list in order to provide you with a comprehensive picture.

If your brokerage is seeking regulation in Europe, from our experience the most common jurisdiction to obtain a forex broker license would be in Cyprus. After Cyprus, Malta is the next potential jurisdiction to consider, followed by Bulgaria. Finally, we shouldn’t rule out the United Kingdom from this list. Note, however, that the UK’s relationship with the EU is currently being decided so specific rules pertaining to the region are subject to change.

A Complete List of EU Forex & CFD Regulators (Highlight the Flag to View Regulators)

 


Austria Regulator

Financial and Capital Market Commission (Finanzmarktaufsicht) – FMA



Belgium Regulator

Financial
Services and Markets Authority (Autoriteit Voor Financiële Diensten En Markten) – FSMA


Croatia Regulator

Croatian Financial
Services Supervisory Agency (Hrvatska agencija za nadzor
financijskih usluga
) – HANFA

Cyprus Regulator

Financial
Market Authority (Επιτροπή Κεφαλαιαγοράς
Κύπρου
) – CySEC


Czech Republic Regulator

(Česká národní banka) – CNB



Denmark Regulator

(Finanstilsynet) – DFSA



Estonia Regulator

(Majandus- Ja Kommunikatsiooniministeerium) – MKM


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Finland Regulator

(Finanssivalvonta) – FINFSA



France Regulator

(Autorité des marchés financiers) – AMF



Germany Regulator

(Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht) – BaFin



Gibraltar Regulator

(Gibraltar Financial Services Commission) – CMC



Greece Regulator

Capital Markets Commission (Επιτροπή Κεφαλαιαγοράς) – CMC



Hungary Regulator

Central Bank of Hungary (Magyar Nemzeti Bank) – MNB



Ireland Regulator

Central Bank of Ireland (Banc Ceannais na hÉireann) – CONSOB



Italy Regulator

Financial Market Authority (Commissione nazionale per le società e la borsa) – CONSOB



Latvia Regulator

Financial and Capital Market Commission (Finanšu un kapitāla tirgus komisija) – FCMC



Lithuania Regulator

Lithuanian
Securities Commission (Lietuvos vertybinių popierių komisija) – LSC



Luxembourg Regulator

Financial
Sector Supervisory Commission (Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier) – CSSF



Malta Regulator

Malta Financial Services Authority (Awtorità tas-Servizzi Finanzjarji ta’Malta) – MFSA



Netherlands Regulator

Financial
Markets Authority (Autoriteit Financiële Markten) – AFM



Norway Regulator

The Financial Supervisory Authority Of Norway (Finanstilsynet) – NFSA



Poland Regulator

Polish
Financial Supervision Authority (Komisja Nadzoru Finansowego) – FMA


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Portugal Regulator

Portuguese
Securities Market Commission (COMISSÃO DO MERCADO DE VALORES MOBILIÁRIOS) – CMVM



Romania Regulator

Romanian
National Securities Commission (Comisia Națională a Valorilor Mobiliare) – CNVMR


Russia Regulator

Spanish Securities Market Commission (Comisia Națională a Valorilor
Mobiliare
) – FMRRC


Spain Regulator

Spanish Securities Market Commission (Comisión del Mercado de
Valores
) – CNMV



Sweden Regulator

Financial Market Authority (Finansinspektionen) – FSA



Switzerland Regulator

Financial
Market Supervisory Authority (Finanzmarktaufsicht) – FINMA



Ukraine Regulator

National Securities and Stock Market (Національна комісія з цінних паперів та фондового ринку) – NSSMC



UK Regulator

Financial
Market Authority (The Financial Conduct Authority) – FCA


 



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