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22/04/2015 2015/532 Investment using virtual currency or distributed ledger technology Consultation Paper PDF
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ESMA has been monitoring and analysing virtual currency investment over the last 6 months, to understand developments in the market, potential benefits or risks for investors, market integrity or financial stability, and to support the functioning of the EU single market. ESMA’s analysis is set out in this paper. ESMA is seeking to share its analysis in order to promote wider understanding of innovative market developments, and invites market participants and other stakeholders to submit feedback and any additional information on the following topics: Virtual currency investment products, i.e. collective investment schemes or derivatives such as options and CFDs that have virtual currencies (VCs) as an underlying or invest in VC related businesses and infrastructure; Virtual currency based assets/securities and asset transfers, i.e. financial assets such as shares, funds, etc. that are exclusively traded using virtual currency distributed ledgers (also known as block chains);and The application of the distributed ledger technology to securities/investments, whether inside or outside a virtual currency environment.
25/09/2015 2015/1463 ESMA Consultation Paper on ESEF , , Consultation Paper PDF
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02/06/2016 2016/773 Discussion Paper on the Distributed Ledger Technology Applied to Securities Markets , Consultation Paper PDF
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21/12/2016 2016/1668 2016-1668 ESMA feedback statement on ESEF , , Report PDF
6.98 MB
05/04/2017 ESMA31-54-435 Report on shareholder identification and communication systems , Report PDF
1.09 MB
07/06/2017 ESMA50-158-457 ESMA response to the Commission Consultation Paper on Fintech: A more competitive and innovative financial sector Report PDF
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  1. ESMA welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Commission Consultation paper on Fintech: a more competitive and innovative financial sector (hereafter “the Consultation”).
  2. Fintech and, technological innovation in general, have been the drivers of a number of developments in the financial sector in recent years. Indeed, new forms of services and businesses such as automated advice or crowdfunding have emerged. ESMA sees these developments as a positive evolution as long as they are aimed at improving consumer financial experience and facilitate financial inclusion. ESMA would also want to stress that it adheres to the core principles (technological neutrality, proportionality and market integrity) highlighted by the Commission and agrees that any EU policies aiming to ensure the financial sector takes advantage of cutting-edge technologies, while remaining sound and safe for investors, need to integrate these principles.
  3. In this response, ESMA wishes to share with the Commission some reflections on a number of topics mentioned in the Consultation which appear relevant to ESMA:
    • Artificial intelligence and big data analytics for automated advice and businesses;
    • Crowdfunding;
    • Reg Tech;
    • Outsourcing and cloud computing;
    • Distributed ledger technology;
    • Role of regulation and supervisors; and
    • Role of industry: standards and interoperability
03/07/2017 ESMA31-62-746 EEA prospectus activity in 2016 , Report PDF
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05/10/2017 ESMA20-95-619 2018 Work Programme , Report PDF
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13/07/2018 ESMA31-62-962 Consultation Paper on minimum information content for prospectus exemption Consultation Paper PDF
1.6 MB
13/07/2018 ESMA31-62-996 Consultation Paper on Guidelines on Risk Factors Consultation Paper PDF
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07/01/2019 JC 2018 74 Joint ESA report on Regulatory sandboxes and innovation hubs , Report PDF
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09/01/2019 ESMA50-157-1391 Advice on Initial Coin Offerings and Crypto-Assets Report PDF
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06/05/2019 ESMA02-91-1958 Report on budgetary and financial management 2017 , Report PDF
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06/05/2019 ESMA02-1733218672-745 Report on budgetary and financial management 2016 , Report PDF
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06/05/2019 ESMA/2016/990 Report on budgetary and financial management 2015 , Report PDF
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12/07/2019 ESMA50-164-2430 Report on the Licensing of FinTech business models Report PDF
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09/01/2020 ESMA22-106-1942 Strategic Orientation 2020-22 , Report PDF
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06/04/2020 ESMA 50-165-1098 ESMA annual statistical report on performance and costs of retail investment products in the EU- 2020 , , Report PDF
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03/06/2020 ESMA50-164-3342 Draft Guidelines on Outsourcing to Cloud Service Providers Consultation Paper PDF
390.7 KB
29/06/2020 ESMA50-164-3463 ESMA’s response to the European Commission’s Consultation on a New Digital Finance Strategy for Europe Report PDF
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