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31/07/2014 2014/944 Potential Risks Associated with Investing in Contingent Convertible Instruments , Statement PDF
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The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) is issuing this statement to clarify to institutional investors risks from a newly emerging asset class referred to by most market participants as contingent convertibles instruments (CoCos). If they work as intended in a crisis CoCos will play an important role to inhibit risk transfer from debt holders to taxpayers. They along with standards to improve the quality and quantity of bank capital reflect a considerate response to the former regulatory capital framework. However, it is unclear as to whether investors fully consider the risks of CoCos and correctly factor those risks into their valuation. ESMA believes there are specific risks to CoCos and that investors should take those risks into consideration prior to investing in these instruments.
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.
28/01/2016 2016/102 Statement by Steven Maijoor on behalf of the ESAs , Statement PDF
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Statement at the ECON scrutiny hearing on behalf of the ESAs.

28/10/2016 2016/1529 Joint ESMA and EBA Guidelines on the assessment of the suitability of members of the management body and key function holders , Consultation Paper PDF
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31/05/2016 2016/732 Guidelines on participant default rules and procedures under CSDR , Consultation Paper PDF
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The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) under Article 41(4) of Regulation (EU) No 909/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council on improving securities settlement in the European Union and on central securities depositories and amending Directives 98/26/EC and 2014/65/EU and Regulation No 236/2012 (CSDR) may issue guidelines in accordance with Article 16 of Regulation (EU) No 1095/2010 in order to ensure consistent application of Article 41 of CSDR relating to participant default rules and procedures.

Contents

Section 2 contains information on the background and mandate, Section 3 contains an analysis of the scope and content of the proposed guidelines, while Section 4 contains the proposed guidelines.

Annex I sets out a summary of the questions contained in this paper and Annex II includes a high level cost-benefit analysis for the guidelines.

Next Steps

ESMA will consider the feedback it will receive to this consultation with a view to finalising the guidelines by Q4 2016.

02/06/2016 2016/773 Discussion Paper on the Distributed Ledger Technology Applied to Securities Markets , Consultation Paper PDF
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29/09/2017 70-145-105 Draft Guidelines on non-significant benchmarks , Consultation Paper PDF
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24/07/2014 CP/2014/04 Draft Regulatory Technical Standards on risk concentration and intra-group transactions under Article 21a (1a) of the Financial Conglomerates Directive Consultation Paper PDF
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Please send your comments to the EBA and EIOPA using the following links: Respond to the EBA. Respond to EIOPA. The consultation period closes on 24 October 2014.
27/04/2018 ESMA22-103-753 Multilateral MoU on cooperation, information exchange and consultation , Statement PDF
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07/03/2017 ESMA22-106-141 Joint Statement of the SMSG and the BSG on the Draft Guidelines on the Assessment of the Suitability , Statement PDF
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Joint Statement of the SMSG and the BSG on the Draft Guidelines on the Assessment of the Suitability of Members of the Management Body and Key Function Holders

28/06/2017 ESMA35-36-885 Product Intervention- General Statement , Statement PDF
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This statement provides an update on the European Securities and Markets Authority’s (ESMA) work in relation to the sale of contracts for differences (CFDs), binary options and other speculative products to retail investors.

 

ESMA has been concerned about the provision of speculative products such as CFDs, rolling spot forex and binary options to retail investors for a considerable period of time and has conducted ongoing monitoring and supervisory convergence work in this area. In this context, ESMA has previously published a number of Q&As on CFDs and other speculative products[1] to foster supervisory convergence, having established a CFD Task Force in July 2015, and also issued a further investor warning on the sale of CFDs, binary options and other speculative products in July 2016[2].

 

However, ESMA remains concerned that these supervisory convergence tools may not be sufficiently effective to ensure that the risks to consumer protection are sufficiently controlled or reduced. ESMA is therefore discussing the possible use of its product intervention powers under Article 40 of MiFIR to address investor protection risks in relation to CFDs, rolling spot forex and binary options.

 

ESMA is in the process of discussing the possible use of its product intervention powers under Article 40 of MiFIR, the possible content of any such measures, and how they could be applied. However, ESMA can confirm that the measures being discussed for (i) CFDs and rolling spot forex and (ii) binary options include proposals that take into account a number of measures that have been adopted or publicly consulted on by EU National Competent Authorities. These measures include leverage limits, guaranteed limits on client losses, and / or restrictions on the marketing and distribution of these products.

 

In accordance with Article 40 of MiFIR, any intervention measures must be approved by the ESMA Board of Supervisors and can only come into effect from 3 January 2018 at the earliest[3].

13/11/2017 ESMA50-157-828 ESMA alerts firms involved in Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) to the need to meet relevant regulatory requirements , Statement PDF
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13/11/2017 ESMA50-157-829 ESMA alerts investors to the high risks of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) , Statement PDF
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07/03/2017 ESMA50-1623096732-432 Opening remarks Financial Innovation Day Statement PDF
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07/03/2017 ESMA50-1623096732-432x Closing remarks Financial Innovation Day Statement PDF
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02/04/2020 ESMA70-151-2823 ESMA Report to the European Commission on Central Clearing Obligations for PSA- No 1 , , Consultation Paper PDF
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29/09/2017 ESMA71-99-602 ESMA appoints new chairs to Standing Committees , , , , , , , Statement PDF
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23/05/2018 ESMA71-99-979 ESMA appoints new chair to its Committee of Economic and Markets’ Analysis , Statement PDF
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05/12/2019 JC 2019 19 The introduction of fallbacks in OTC derivative contracts and the requirement to exchange collateral , Statement PDF
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07/11/2013 JC CP 2013 02 Joint Consultation Paper On Mechanistic references to credit ratings in the ESAs’ guidelines and recommendations Consultation Paper PDF
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The Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities (EBA, ESMA and EIOPA - ESAs) is launching today a one-month public consultation on the removal of mechanistic references to credit ratings in their guidelines and on the definition of sole and mechanistic reliance on such ratings. The term “sole and mechanistic reliance on credit ratings” is mentioned in Article 5b(1) of the European Regulation on Credit Rating Agencies (Regulation (EU) No 462/2013). However, neither its formal definition nor explanations of its meaning are included in the document. In order to have a common approach towards this issue, the ESAs have developed a definition of “sole and mechanistic reliance”, and are consulting with market participants on whether this definition is clear and can be used in practice. The consultation paper contains: - a proposed definition for “sole or mechanistic reliance”, including examples; - the provisions in the three ESAs’ guidelines that are not to be defined as mechanistic; and - those provisions that are to be considered as mechanistic and therefore should be amended. The ESAs intend to refer to this definition in all their future guidelines, recommendations and draft technical standards where relevant. The current public consultation also contributes to the initiative of the Financial Stability Board to reduce the reliance on ratings. The consultation paper is available on the websites of the three ESAs: EBA, ESMA and EIOPA. The consultation will end at close of business on 5 December. Responses can be made here.