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15/04/2011 2011/121 Discussion paper- ESMA’s policy orientations on possible implementing measures under Article 3 of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive Consultation Paper PDF
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13/07/2011 2011/209 Consultation paper- ESMA's draft technical advice to the European Commission on possible implementing measures of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive Consultation Paper PDF
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22/07/2011 2011/220 Discussion paper- ESMA’s policy orientations on guidelines for UCITS Exchange-Traded Funds and Structured UCITS Consultation Paper PDF
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23/08/2011 2011/270 Consultation paper- ESMA's draft technical advice to the European Commission on possible implementing measures of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive in relation to supervision and third countries Consultation Paper PDF
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14/09/2011 2011/288 Call for evidence- Empty voting , , Consultation Paper PDF
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23/02/2012 2012/117 Discussion paper on Key concepts of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive and types of AIFM Consultation Paper PDF
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This document will be of interest to asset management companies and trade associations of asset management companies managing funds falling in the scope of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive. Responses to this discussion paper will help ESMA in finalising its policy approach. In light of the feedback received, ESMA will develop a consultation paper in Q2 2012 setting out formal proposals for draft regulatory technical standards on Article 4(4) of the AIFMD. The results of that public consultation will be used by ESMA in finalising the draft regulatory technical standards to be submitted to the European Commission for endorsement by the end of 2012. 
22/03/2012 2012/212 Discussion Paper- An Overview of the Proxy Advisory Industry. Considerations on Possible Policy Options , Consultation Paper PDF
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This Discussion Paper focuses on the development of the proxy advisory industry in Europe, which mainly serves institutional investors such as asset managers, mutual funds and pension funds. Following its fact-finding work in 2011, ESMA recognises the proxy advisory industry within Europe is, or is expected to be, growing in prominence and investors are, or are expected to be, increasingly using proxy advisor services. In this paper ESMA identifies several key issues related to the proxy advisory market which may have an impact on the proper functioning of the voting process. The range of policy options that ESMA will consider, and on which it seeks further input from market participants, consists of four broad areas, including: 1.    No EU-level action at this stage 2.    Encouraging Member States and/or industry to develop standards 3.    Quasi-binding EU-level regulatory instruments 4.    Binding EU-level legislative instruments ESMA will consider these options based on the feedback it receives from market participants, and, if appropriate, will undertake further policy action, either directly or by providing an opinion to the European Commission. The reason to bring up some policy options is due to the fact that proxy advisors are currently not regulated at a pan-European level. Nevertheless, there are relevant European rules that apply to investors (e.g. for UCITS management companies when exercising voting rights). In addition, there are also well-recognised corporate governance standards that apply to issuers at a national level (based on the “comply or explain approach”) and some complements to improve standards of stewardship among investors. All feedback received from this Discussion Paper will be duly considered. ESMA expects to publish a feedback statement in Q4 of 2012 which will summarise the responses received and will state ESMA’s view on whether there is a need for policy action in this area.
28/06/2012 2012/406 Draft Guidelines on sound remuneration policies under the AIFMD Consultation Paper PDF
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Annex II of the AIFMD establishes a set of rules (largely inspired from the provisions of Directive 2006/48/EC, the “CRD”) with which AIFMs have to comply when establishing and applying the remuneration policies for certain categories of their staff. Article 13(2) of the AIFMD requires ESMA to develop guidelines on sound remuneration policies which comply with Annex II of the AIFMD. This consultation paper represents the first step in the elaboration of the guidelines on remuneration policies required by the AIFMD and sets out ESMA’s formal proposals for these guidelines.Responses to this consultation paper will be taken into account by ESMA in finalising the guidelines on sound remuneration policies under the AIFMD. In finalising the guidelines, ESMA will also take into account the development of its work on the separate set of guidelines, which will be complementary to the CEBS Guidelines, focused on remuneration policies of investment firms from an investor protection point of view, for which a separate consultation paper will be published at the end of Q3 2012. ESMA aims to adopt the final text of the guidelines on sound remuneration policies under the AIFMD in Q4 2012. 
30/01/2012 2012/44 ESMA’s guidelines on ETFs and other UCITS issues Consultation Paper PDF
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In the summer of 2010 ESMA started looking into the operation of UCITS making use of the new investment freedoms introduced by the UCITS III Directive and the Eligible Assets Directive (2007/16/EC) in order to identify the possible impact on investor protection and market integrity. As part of this work, ESMA published a discussion paper on policy orientations on guidelines for UCITS Exchange-Traded Funds and Structured UCITS on 22 July 2011 (ESMA/2011/220), responses to which were due by 22 September. This consultation paper represents the next stage in the development of ESMA guidelines in this area. ESMA will take into account responses to this consultation paper in finalising the guidelines for adoption in Q2 2012.
19/12/2012 2012/844 Draft regulatory technical standards on types of AIFMs Consultation Paper PDF
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19/12/2012 2012/845 Guidelines on key concepts of the AIFMD Consultation Paper PDF
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20/08/2013 2013/1119 Opinion on draft regulatory technical standards on types of AIFMs under Article 4(4) of Directive 2011/61/EU Reference PDF
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The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) submitted its formal opinion to the European Commission on 13 August, in response to the letter received on 8 July, on draft regulatory technical standards under Article 4(4) of Directive 2011/61/EU. The opinion was issued in accordance with Article 10(1) sixth subparagraph of Regulation (EU) No 1095/2010.
23/09/2014 2013/1358 AIFMD reporting IT technical guidance (rev 4) [updated] Reference ZIP
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The IT technical guidance (2013/1358) contains the following set of documents: IT technical guidance in which is included the description of changes performed on the technical guidance and/or XSD documents in sheet “change history. XML samples for AIFM and AIF reports Excel version of Annex III – “Table of geographical areas” Previous version of XSD documents (Version 1.1) The current IT technical guidance revision 4 contains modifications on the IT technical guidance to take into account the last published version of Questions and Answers (Q&A) on the application of the AIFMD (2014/868) as well as some clarifications and correction of inconsistencies with XSD documents. Questions regarding technical support should be sent to info.it.aifmd[at]esma.europa.eu. Each AIFM should contact directly the national competent authorities to know how the filling of the XML reports will be handled at national level.
15/11/2013 2013/1359 Consolidated AIFMD reporting template (revised) Reference XLSX
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Questions regarding technical support should be sent to info.it.aifmd[at]esma.europa.eu.
15/11/2013 2013/1360 Tables 8-9-10 of Annex 2 of ESMA guidelines on AIFMD reporting obligation (revised) Reference XLSX
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Questions regarding technical support should be sent to info.it.aifmd[at]esma.europa.eu.
25/03/2014 2013/1361 AIFMD- Reporting- XML documents- V1.2 [updated] Reference ZIP
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The description of changes performed on the xsd documents and IT technical guidance are included in the IT technical guidance (2013/1358) in sheet “change history. Each new version of xsd will increment the version number (from 1.1 to 1.2 version for example). Questions regarding technical support should be sent to info.it.aifmd[at]esma.europa.eu. Each AIFM should contact directly the national competent authorities to know how the filling of the XML reports will be handled at national level.
04/02/2013 2013/14 Call for expressions of interest: Consultative Working Group for ESMA’s Investment Management Standing Committee Reference PDF
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15/11/2013 2013/1586 AIFMD Reporting- Annex 2-Tables 1-7 Reference XLSX
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Questions regarding technical support should be sent to info.it.aifmd[at]esma.europa.eu.
12/11/2013 2013/1643 Cover Note- Public statement containing information on shareholder cooperation and acting in concert under the Takeover Bids Directive (ESMA/2013/1642) , Reference PDF
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In accordance with its mandate to take appropriate action in the context of takeover bids as per Article 1.3 of Regulation (EU) 1095/2010 (ESMA Regulation), ESMA is releasing a public statement on shareholder cooperation and acting in concert under the Takeover Bids Directive (Directive 2004/25/EC). This statement has been prepared following the review and report by the European Commission on the application of the Takeover Bids Directive and is based on information collected about the practices and application of that Directive. The statement has been prepared in order to help shareholders identify activities in relation to which they can cooperate (insofar as those activities are available to them under national company law), without that cooperation, in and of itself, leading to a conclusion that the shareholders are acting in concert and thus being at risk of having to make a mandatory bid under the Takeover Bids Directive. These activities are presented in the statement in the form of a “White List”. The statement has been prepared by the Takeover Bids Network, a permanent working group operating under the auspices of ESMA that promotes exchange of information on practices and application of the Takeover Bids Directive across the European Economic Area, thereby strengthening a common supervisory culture. The Takeover Bids Network is a specialist group composed of the national competent authorities appointed under the Takeover Bids Directive. The competent authorities represented on the ESMA Board of Supervisors are not in all cases appointed as competent authorities within the Takeover Bids Directive. The authorities not represented on the Board of Supervisors but competent within the area of takeovers are the Austrian Takeover Commission, the Irish Takeover Panel, the Oslo Stock Exchange of Norway, the Takeover Panel of Sweden and the Takeover Panel of the United Kingdom. These five authorities have contributed to the public statement and will have regard to it in the same manner as the other members of the Takeover Bids Network when assessing whether shareholders are acting in concert under their national takeover rules.
20/12/2013 2013/1974 Revision of the provisions on diversification of collateral in ESMA’s guidelines on ETFs and other UCITS issues Consultation Paper PDF
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