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|13/10/2011||2011/342||Opinion- Practical arrangements for the late transposition of the UCITS IV Directive||Fund Management||Opinion||PDF
|20/11/2012||2012/721||Opinion on Article 50(2)(a) of the UCITS Directive||Fund Management||Opinion||PDF
|01/08/2013||2013/1072||Practical arrangements for the late transposition of the AIFMD||Fund Management||Opinion||PDF
|The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published an Opinion on arrangements for the late imposition of the AIFMD. The scope of the opinion is confined to the provision of collective portfolio management services. Arrangements before implementation of the Directive in all Member States Notification of marketing of EU AIFs when the host MS of the AIFM has not transposed the Directive (Articles 31 and 32 of the Directive) ESMA believes that, if the Directive has been transposed in the home MS of the AIFM, the competent authority of the host MS of the AIFM (Article 32) or home MS of the AIFM (Article 31) may not refuse a valid notification under the Directive on the ground that the Directive has not yet been transposed in the host MS. This applies irrespective of whether the marketing is done using the freedom to provide services or by means of a branch. Management passport (Article 33 of the Directive) ESMA believes that AIFMs established in a MS that has transposed the Directive should be able to manage an EU AIF via the management passport, both using the freedom to provide services or by means of a branch, in a MS where the Directive has not been transposed, irrespective of the provisions currently in place in such jurisdiction since the relevant provisions of the Directive are of a self-executing nature, and provided the AIFM is authorised to manage that type of AIF in accordance with Article 33(1) of the AIFMD. Any local restrictions on AIFMs that are not in accordance with the AIFMD will need to be disapplied.|
|30/07/2015||2015/1235||ESMA's opinion to the European Parliament, Council and Commission and responses to the call for evidence on the functioning of the AIFMD EU passport and of the National Private Placement Regimes||Fund Management||Opinion||PDF
|AIFMD and the request to ESMA for an Opinion In accordance with Articles 36 and 42 of the AIFMD, non-EU AIFMs and non-EU AIFs managed by EU AIFMs are subject to the NPPR of each of the Member States where the AIFs are marketed or managed. However, the AIFMD makes provision for the passport, which is currently reserved to EU AIFMs and AIFs, to be potentially extended in future. Article 67(1) of the AIFMD establishes that, by 22 July 2015, ESMA shall issue to the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission the following: An opinion on the functioning of the passport for EU AIFMs pursuant to Articles 32 and 33 of the AIFMD and on the functioning of the national private placement regimes set out in Articles 36 and 42 of the AIFMD. Advice on the application of the passport to non-EU AIFMs and AIFs in accordance with the rules set out in Article 35 and Articles 37 to 41 of the AIFMD. Within three months of receipt of positive advice and an opinion from ESMA, and taking into account the criteria of Article 67(2) and the objectives of the AIFMD, the Commission should adopt a delegated act specifying the date when the rules set out in Article 35 and 37 to 41 of the AIFMD become applicable in all Member States. As a consequence, the EU passport would be extended to non-EU AIFs and non-EU AIFMs. In order to produce this opinion and advice, ESMA must look into the elements listed in Article 67(2) and (4) of the AIFMD , notably on the basis of the information provided by the national competent authorities (NCAs) about the EU and non-EU AIFMs under their supervision. Indeed, Article 67(3) of the AIFMD requires NCAs to provide information to ESMA quarterly as from 22 July 2013. ESMA has received input from NCAs for the periods covering 22 July 2013 to 31 March 2014, 1 April to 30 June 2014, 1 July to 30 September 2014, 1 October to 31 December 2014, and 1 January to 31 March 2015. In order to supplement the input provided by NCAs via the quarterly surveys, ESMA launched a call for evidence in November 2014 aimed at gathering information from EU and non-EU stakeholders on the functioning of the EU passport, the NPPRs and the potential extension of the AIFMD passport to non-EU countries. ESMA received 67 responses (including 15 confidential responses), from 13 non-EU Authorities, 21 EU and non-EU trade associations of asset managers, 17 EU and non-EU asset managers, and 16 other trade associations and private firms (e.g. providers of services for funds, law firms etc). Summary of the opinion In relation to the timing of the assessment of the functioning of the EU passport, ESMA considers that the delay in the implementation of the AIFMD together with the delay in the transposition in some Member States make a definitive assessment difficult. ESMA would see merit in the preparation of another opinion on the functioning of the passport after a longer period of implementation in all Member States. However, even at this early stage, ESMA has identified several issues in relation to the use of the EU passport. These issues include: i) divergent approaches with respect to marketing rules, including heterogeneity of fees charged by the NCAs where the AIFs are marketed and the definition of what constitutes a “professional investor”; ii) varying interpretations of what activities constitute “marketing” and “material changes” under the AIFMD passport in the different Member States. With that in mind, ESMA sees merit in greater convergence in the definition of these terms. Nevertheless, ESMA is of the view that there is insufficient evidence to indicate that the AIFMD EU passport has raised major issues in terms of the functioning and implementation of the AIFMD framework. In relation to the timing of the assessment of the functioning of the NPPRs, ESMA considers that the delay in the implementation of the AIFMD together with the delay in transposition in some Member states make a definitive assessment difficult. ESMA would see merit in the preparation of another opinion on the functioning of the NPPR Regime after a longer period of implementation has passed in all Member States (although this is linked to the decision to be taken by the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on whether to extend the passport to one or more non-EU countries in the meantime). ESMA is of the view that there is insufficient evidence to indicate that the NPPRs have raised major issues in terms of the functioning and implementation of the AIFMD framework.|
|25/09/2015||2015/1462||ESMA opinion on accounting for Deposit Guarantee Scheme||Corporate Disclosure, IFRS Supervisory Convergence||Opinion||PDF
|16/02/2015||2015/280||ESMA supervision of Credit Rating Agencies and Trade Repositories||Corporate Information, Credit Rating Agencies, Post Trading||Annual Report||PDF
|This document reports on the direct supervisory activities carried out by ESMA during 2014 regarding credit rating agencies (CRAs) and trade repositories (TRs) within the European Union (EU). It sets out ESMAs key areas of action during 2014 and outlines ESMA’s main priorities for 2015.|
|22/05/2015||2015/880||ESMA Opinion to the EU institutions on the impact of EMIR on UCITS||Fund Management||Opinion||PDF
|02/07/2015||2015/MB/39||ESMA's Report on Budgetary and Financial Management||Corporate Information||Annual Report||PDF
|30/10/2015||2015/SMSG/021||SoC Joint meeting SMSG-BoS||Securities and Markets Stakeholder Group||Summary of Conclusions||PDF
|30/10/2015||2015/SMSG/022||SoC August 2015||Securities and Markets Stakeholder Group||Summary of Conclusions||PDF
|30/10/2015||2015/SMSG/030||SoC SMSG September||Securities and Markets Stakeholder Group||Summary of Conclusions||PDF
|30/11/2021||2016/572||Compliance table- Guidelines on key concepts of the AIFMD||Fund Management, Guidelines and Technical standards||Compliance table||PDF
|12/04/2016||2016/596||Opinion on loan origination||Fund Management||Opinion||PDF
|12/04/2016||2016/602||Compliance table- Guidelines on ETFs and other UCITS issues||Fund Management, Guidelines and Technical standards||Compliance table||PDF
|04/05/2016||2016/675||Compliance table- Guidelines on sound remuneration policies under the AIFMD (ESMA/2013/232)||Fund Management, Guidelines and Technical standards||Compliance table||PDF
|15/06/2016||2016/960||ESMA Annual Report 2015||Corporate Information, Planning reporting budget||Annual Report||PDF
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|17/06/2016||2016/982||Opinion on inside information disclosure under the Market Abuse Regulation||Market Abuse||Opinion||PDF
|18/02/2016||2016/SMG/005||Summary of Conclusions Joint meeting 11/12/2015||Securities and Markets Stakeholder Group||Summary of Conclusions||PDF
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