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|14/09/2011||2011/288||Call for evidence- Empty voting||Corporate Disclosure, Corporate Governance, Transparency||Consultation Paper||PDF
|22/12/2011||2011/445||Consultation paper on guidelines on certain aspects of the MiFID suitability requirements||MiFID - Investor Protection||Consultation Paper||PDF
|22/12/2011||2011/446||Consultation paper on guidelines on certain aspects of the MiFID compliance function requirements||MiFID - Investor Protection||Consultation Paper||PDF
|28/10/2011||2011/SMSG/11||Response to ESMA's Consultation paper on guidelines on systems and controlsin a highly automated trading environment for trading platforms, investmentfirms and competent authorities||Securities and Markets Stakeholder Group||SMSG Advice||PDF
|28/10/2011||2011/SMSG/12||Position paper- ESMA's Consultation on systems and controls in a highly automated trading environment for trading platforms, investment firms and competent authorities||Securities and Markets Stakeholder Group||SMSG Advice||PDF
|28/10/2011||2011/SMSG/13||Advice on ESMA's draft technical advice to the European Commission on possible implementing measures of the Alternative Investment Fund Man-agers Directive in relation to supervision and third countries||Securities and Markets Stakeholder Group||SMSG Advice||PDF
|01/12/2011||2011/SMSG/18||Advice on ESMA's public consultation on UCITS Exchange traded funds in the European Union||Securities and Markets Stakeholder Group||SMSG Advice||PDF
|22/03/2012||2012/212||Discussion Paper- An Overview of the Proxy Advisory Industry. Considerations on Possible Policy Options||Corporate Disclosure, Corporate Governance||Consultation Paper||PDF
|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.|
|17/09/2012||2012/570||Guidelines on remuneration policies and practices (MiFID)||MiFID - Investor Protection||Consultation Paper||PDF
|28/02/2012||2012/SMSG/11||Advice on Guidelines on certain aspects of the MiFID suitability requirements||Securities and Markets Stakeholder Group||SMSG Advice||PDF
|28/02/2012||2012/SMSG/12||Advice on Guidelines on certain aspects of the MiFID compliance function requirements||Securities and Markets Stakeholder Group||SMSG Advice||PDF
|12/10/2012||2012/SMSG/59||Securities and Markets Stakeholder Group – Report on Helping Small and Medium Sized Companies Access Funding||Securities and Markets Stakeholder Group||SMSG Advice||PDF
|02/02/2012||2012/SMSG/6||Letter regarding deadlines for the submission of ESMA’s technical standards||Securities and Markets Stakeholder Group||SMSG Advice||PDF
|A letter from the ESMA Securities and Markets Stakeholder Group to Michel Barnier, Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, Sharon Bowles, Chair of ECON, and Klaus-Heiner Lehne, Chair of JURI, regarding deadlines for the submission of ESMA's technical standards.|
|27/09/2012||2012/SMSG/60||SMSG advice on Guidelines on sound remuneration policies under the AIFMD||Securities and Markets Stakeholder Group||SMSG Advice||PDF
|11/01/2013||2013/12||Principles for Benchmarks-Setting Processes in the EU||Risk Analysis & Economics - Markets Infrastructure Investors||Consultation Paper||PDF
|09/07/2013||2013/918||Draft Regulatory Technical Standards on information requirements for assessment of acquisitions and increases in holdings in investment firms (MiFID)||MiFID - Investor Protection||Consultation Paper||PDF
|Executive summary Reasons for publication Article 10b(4) of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID ) requires Member States to make publicly available the information necessary to carry out the assessment of a proposed acquirer of an investment firm. This information must be provided at the time of the initial notification. This information is aimed at ensuring that competent authorities are provided with adequate and proportionate information in order to assess the acquisition. Article 10a of MiFID, as amended by Article 6(4) of the Omnibus Directive , requires ESMA to draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) to establish an exhaustive list of information referred to in Article 10b(4) of MiFID. ESMA is required to submit the draft RTS to the European Commission (Commission) by 1 January 2014. Contents The proposed RTS set out in this Consultation Paper (CP) are based on the CEBS, CESR and CEIOPS ‘Guidelines for the prudential assessment of acquisitions and increases in holdings in the financial sector required by Directive 2007/44/EC’ (3L3 Guidelines), as well as the report issued by the Commission (in February 2013) to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee, and the Committee of Regions on the application of Directive on acquisitions and increase of holdings in the financial sector. Section II explains the background to the proposals; Section III describes the proposals on the exhaustive list of information to be included by proposed acquirers in their notification. Annex I sets out the legislative mandate to develop draft RTS; Annex II sets out the cost-benefit analysis related to the draft RTS; Annex III lists the questions contained in this CP; and Annex IV sets out the full text of the draft RTS. Next steps ESMA will consider the responses it receives to this CP in Q4, and will finalise the draft RTS for submission to the Commission by 1 January 2014 for endorsement.|
|20/12/2013||2013/SMSG/017||Advice on Consultation Paper – Draft Regulatory Technical Standards on contracts having a direct, substantial and foreseeable effect within the Un-ion and non-evasion of provisions of EMIR||Securities and Markets Stakeholder Group||SMSG Advice||PDF
|20/12/2013||2013/SMSG/018||Advice on Discussion Paper – The Clearing Obligation under EMIR||Securities and Markets Stakeholder Group||SMSG Advice||PDF
|20/12/2013||2013/SMSG/020||Response to the Consultation Paper ESMA Guidelines on enforcement of financial information||Securities and Markets Stakeholder Group||SMSG Advice||PDF
|19/12/2014||2014/1570||Consultation paper on MiFID II/MiFIR- part 1||MiFID - Investor Protection, MiFID - Secondary Markets||Consultation Paper||PDF
|Who should read this paper?
This document will be of interest to all stakeholders involved in the securities markets. It is primarily of interest to competent authorities and firms that are subject to MiFID II and MiFIR – in particular, investment firms, credit institutions performing investment services and activities, data reporting services providers and trading venues. This paper is also important for trade associations and industry bodies, institutional and retail investors and their advisers, and consumer groups, as well as any market participant because the MiFID II and MiFIR requirements seek to implement enhanced provisions to ensure investor protection and the transparency and orderly running of financial markets with potential impacts for anyone engaged in the dealing with or processing of financial instruments.
Responding to this paper
The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) invites responses to the specific questions listed in the ESMA MiFID II/MiFIR Consultation Paper.
Please note that ESMA will only be able to consider responses received using this “form to reply” and complying with the procedure below.
a) InstructionsPlease note that, in order to facilitate analysis of the large number of responses expected, ESMA will be using an IT tool that does not allow processing of responses which do not follow the formatting indications described below. Therefore, in responding stakeholders should:i. use the published template and send their responses in Word format (pdf documents will not be considered except for annexes); ii. not remove the tags of type