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15/10/2018 ESMA31-62-1114 2017 Report on EEA prospectus activity Final Report PDF
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27/03/2020 ESMA31-69-263 Application form CSFC CWG Reference DOCX
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04/12/2017 ESMA31-69-163 FORM Application form for CFSC CWG , Reference DOCX
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06/11/2020 ESMA32-65-293 Application form for CFSC CWG , Reference DOCX
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04/12/2015 2015/1408 rev Application form for Corporate Finance Consultative Working Group , Reference DOCX
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18/12/2017 ESMA65-8-5306 Benchmarks attributes Reference PDF
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17/04/2020 ESMA71-99-1313 Benchmarks MoU- 30 Mar (MAS ESMA) , , Press Release PDF
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11/12/2019 ESMA70-154-1504 Briefing BMR Recognition application Reference PDF
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27/03/2020 ESMA31-69-261 Call for expression of interest CFSC CWG 2020 Reference PDF
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06/11/2020 ESMA32-65-292 Call for expression of interest CFSC CWG 2020 Reference PDF
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04/12/2015 2015/1407 rev Call for expression of interest- Renewal of the Corporate Finance Consultative Working Group , Reference PDF
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04/12/2017 ESMA31-69-163 Call for expressions of interest for the Consultative Working Group of ESMA’s Corporate Finance Standing Committee (CFSC) , Reference PDF
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07/02/2018 ESMA71-99-945 EC ECB ESMA FSMA press release on WG on RFR composition Press Release PDF
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13/10/2016 2016 IFRS Press Release ESMA and IFRS® Foundation strengthen cooperation , , Press Release PDF
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06/06/2013 2013/684 ESMA and the EBA publish final principles on benchmarks , , Press Release PDF
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17/04/2020 ESMA70-155-9524 ESMA BMR Equivalence MoU MAS , Reference PDF
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29/09/2016 2016/1407 ESMA consults on future rules for financial benchmarks , Press Release PDF
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15/02/2016 2016/291 ESMA consults on implementation of the Benchmarks Regulation , , Press Release PDF
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The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today published a Discussion Paper (DP) regarding the technical implementation of the incoming Benchmarks Regulation (BR). ESMA is seeking stakeholder’s input to inform its future proposals on draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) and Technical Advice (TA) to the European Commission.

Benchmarks are used in financial markets as a reference to price financial instruments and to measure performance of investment funds, as well as being an important element of many financial contracts and their integrity is critical to financial markets and to investors in particular. The BR’s objective is to improve the governance and control over the benchmark process, thereby ensuring their reliability and protecting users. The changes aim to:

  • improve the quality of the input data and methodologies used by benchmark administrators;
  • ensure that benchmark contributors provide adequate data and are subject to proper controls; and
  • ensure the supervision and viability of critical benchmarks.

Steven Maijoor, ESMA Chair, said:

“The Benchmark Regulation, once implemented, will ensure the accuracy, robustness and integrity of benchmarks and the benchmark setting process by clarifying the behaviours and standards expected of administrators and contributors. These requirements will ensure that benchmarks are produced in a transparent and reliable manner and so contribute to well-functioning and stable markets, and investor protection.

“ESMA, in preparing for its work on regulatory technical standards and technical advice, is keen to ensure that all affected stakeholders have their views heard on this important topic and we hope that all interested parties will take this opportunity to contribute.”

The DP is seeking stakeholder’s feedback in the following areas:

  • definition of benchmarks;
  • requirements for the benchmark oversight function;
  • requirements for the benchmark input data;
  • governance and control requirements for supervised benchmark contributors;
  • authorisation and registration of an administrator; and
  • transparency requirements regarding the benchmark methodology.

The exact date when the Benchmarks Regulation will enter into force is still unknown as it has not yet been published in the Official Journal of the EU.

Next steps

ESMA will hold an open hearing on the DP on 29 February 2016 in Paris. It will use the responses to its DP to develop detailed implementing measures on which it will publish a follow-up consultation in Q3 2016.

10/11/2016 2016-1567 ESMA finalises advice on future rules for financial benchmarks Press Release PDF
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29/04/2020 ESMA71-99-1323 ESMA NAL Opinion on delegated acts climate benchmarks , Press Release PDF
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