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03/10/2018 ESMA71-99-1046 WP 2019 Press Release , , Press Release PDF
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28/11/2018 ESMA35-43-1376 Verena Ross Keynote speech at DSW-Better Finance International Investors’ Conference , Speech PDF
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22/09/2017 ESMA71-319-53 Verena Ross Keynote AFME Compliance and Legal Conference , Speech PDF
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17/10/2017 ESMA71-99-635 The State of European Financial Markets- Steven Maijoor, Opening Address, ESMA Conference , Speech PDF
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27/03/2014 2014/332 Structured Retail Products- Good practices for product governance arrangements , Opinion PDF
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Legal basis 1.    Regulation (EU) No 1095/2010 (ESMA Regulation)  sets out the European Securities and Markets Authority’s (ESMA) scope of action, tasks and powers which include “enhancing customer protection”, and “foster[ing] investor protection”.  2.    In order to continue delivering on this investor protection statutory objective, ESMA is issuing this opinion on certain aspects linked to the manufacturing and distribution of structured retail products (SRP). This opinion takes into account relevant work done in this field both at European and interna-tional level.  3.    This opinion is without prejudice to the requirements for the provision of investment services and activities established in the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID)  and its implementing measures (notably, Directive 2006/73/EC), the regulatory developments arising from the MiFID review or existing product rules that may apply to SRPs.  4.    ESMA’s competence to deliver an opinion is based on Article 29(1) (a) of the ESMA Regulation. In accordance with Article 44(1) of the ESMA Regulation, the Board of Supervisors has adopted this opinion. Background 5.    In its July 2013 report on ‘Retailisation in the EU’ , ESMA highlighted that, from a consumer protec-tion perspective, retail investors may face difficulties in understanding the drivers of risks and returns of structured products. If retail investors do not properly understand the risk and reward profile of structured products, and if the products are not properly assessed against the risk appetite of retail investors, retail investors might be exposed to unexpected losses and this might lead to complaints, reputational risks for manufacturers and distributors, and a loss of confidence in the regulatory framework and, more broadly, in financial markets. 6.    In 2013, ESMA mapped the measures adopted in the EU Member States in relation to complex products in order to identify issues and to better understand the rationale behind national initiatives (by looking at similarities and differences in the various approaches, and reviewing how complexity has been treated in the different EU Members States). 7.    As a result, ESMA has developed a broad set of non-exhaustive examples of good practices, attached as Annex 1 hereto, illustrating arrangements that firms - taking into account the nature, scale and complexity of their business - could put in place to improve their ability to deliver on investor protection regarding, in particular, (i) the complexity of the SRPs they manufacture or distribute, (ii) the nature and range of the investment services and activities undertaken in the course of that business, and (iii) the type of investors they target. These good practices should also be a helpful tool for competent authorities in carrying out their supervisory action. Opinion 8.    ESMA considers that sound product governance arrangements are fundamental for investor protec-tion purposes, and can reduce the need for product intervention actions by competent authorities. 9.    ESMA considers that, when supervising firms manufacturing or distributing an SRP, competent authorities should promote, in their supervisory approaches, the examples of good practices for firms set out in Annex 1 hereto. 10.    Although the good practices set out in Annex 1 hereto focus on structured products sold to retail investors, ESMA considers that they may also be a relevant reference for other types of financial in-struments (such as asset-backed securities, or contingent convertible bonds), as well as when financial instruments are being sold to professional clients. 11.    The exposure to risk is an intrinsic feature of investment products. The good practices set out in Annex 1 refer to product governance arrangements and do not (and cannot) aim at removing investment risk from products.
03/04/2019 ESMA71-319-93 Steven Maijoor Keynote speech- BETTER FINANCE 10th Anniversary 2019 , , , Speech PDF
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10/11/2015 2015/1639 Steven Maijoor at Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, European Parliament, Scrutiny Hearing on MiFID II , Speech PDF
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07/11/2016 2016/1547 Speech Public hearing on the review of the EU macro-prudential framework- Steven Maijoor, 7 November 2016 Speech PDF
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13/06/2016 2016/945 Speech for the DSGV Kapitalmarktsymposium- Verena Ross, 10 June 2016, Berlin Speech PDF
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26/05/2016 2016/739 Speech Financial News 20th Anniversary Awards for Excellence- Steven Maijoor, 26 May 2016, London , Speech PDF
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02/12/2016 2016/1640 Speech by Verena Ross, ESMA Executive Director at the 2016 Global Capital Markets Conference , Speech PDF
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18/10/2017 ESMA71-99-637 Speech by Valdis Dombrovskis- ESMA Conference 2017 , Speech PDF
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05/10/2017 ESMA35-42-597 Speech by Steven Maijoor on financial education and investor protection in Europe- IOSCO World Investor Week , Speech PDF
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27/06/2018 ESMA70-145-924 Speech by ESMA Executive Director Verena Ross on LEI , Speech PDF
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17/11/2016 2016/1584 Safeguarding investors is key to ensuring the capital markets Union’s success , Speech PDF
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08/02/2017 ESMA71-844457584-346 Review of the European Supervisory Authorities: Opportunities to ensure a safe and sound financial system , Speech PDF
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18/12/2015 2015/1871 Proxy advisors take steps towards increased transparency , , Press Release PDF
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18/01/2018 ESMA71-99-930 Product Intervention Call for Evidence PR , Press Release PDF
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12/07/2019 ESMA70-156-1065 Press_Release_ESMA launches consultation on cost of market data and consolidated tape , Press Release PDF
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07/03/2018 ESMA71-99-953 Press release: ESMA publishes double volume cap data , Press Release PDF
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