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06/01/2012 2012/10 Interpretation of the Mineral Companies Recommendations for cement companies , Letter PDF
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Open letter regarding Interpretation of the Mineral Companies Recommendations for cement companies
01/03/2012 2012/138 ESMA’s technical advice on possible delegated acts concerning the Prospectus Directive as amended by the Directive 2010/73/EU , Letter PDF
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14/06/2012 2012/248 Letter to the IFRS Interpretation Committee- Accouting exposure to Greek sovereign debt Letter PDF
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27/07/2012 2012/476 Reply of ESMA to the European Commission’s Green Paper on Shadow Banking Letter PDF
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23/08/2012 2012/464 ESMA Letter to IFRS Interpretations Committee on the scope of IFRS 2 and 3 Letter PDF
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09/01/2013 2012/878 ESMA’s technical advice on possible delegated acts concerning the Prospectus Directive as amended by the Directive 2010/73/EU , Letter PDF
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15/01/2013 2013/9 Letter to IFRS IC- Elimination of intercompany profits between an issuer and its joint venture Letter PDF
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21/02/2013 2013/244 Letter to the IFRS regarding discontinued operations- change in disposal method Letter PDF
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20/03/2013 2013/317 Framework for the assessment of third country prospectuses under Article 20 of the Prospectus Directive , Opinion PDF
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03/12/2013 2013/1773 Agenda item request, Issues related to the application of IFRS 5 Letter PDF
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03/12/2013 2013/1774 Agenda item request, Classification and measurement of core inventories Letter PDF
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18/12/2013 2013/1944 Format of the base prospectus and consistent application of Article 26(4) of the Prospectus Regulation , Opinion PDF
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10/01/2014 2013/1932 Deadlines for the submission of draft technical standards , Letter PDF
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28/01/2014 2013/1941 Letter to Jonathan Faull (EC) regarding draft technical standards , Letter PDF
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07/02/2014 2014/146 MiFID practices for firms selling complex products , Opinion 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.
23/02/2015 2015/419 IFRS IC Agenda Item Request: Measurement of minimum funding requirement in pension asset ceiling test Letter PDF
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21/05/2015 2015/857 ESMA response to the European Commission consultation on the review of the Prospectus Directive , Letter PDF
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05/06/2015 2015/911 ESMA Submission to IFRS IC on Application of IAS 12 Letter PDF
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18/08/2015 2015/1258 ESMA submission to IFRS IC on IAS 20 Letter PDF
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