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14/09/2011 2011/288 Call for evidence- Empty voting , , Consultation Paper PDF
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22/03/2012 2012/212 Discussion Paper- An Overview of the Proxy Advisory Industry. Considerations on Possible Policy Options , Consultation Paper PDF
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This Discussion Paper focuses on the development of the proxy advisory industry in Europe, which mainly serves institutional investors such as asset managers, mutual funds and pension funds. Following its fact-finding work in 2011, ESMA recognises the proxy advisory industry within Europe is, or is expected to be, growing in prominence and investors are, or are expected to be, increasingly using proxy advisor services. In this paper ESMA identifies several key issues related to the proxy advisory market which may have an impact on the proper functioning of the voting process. The range of policy options that ESMA will consider, and on which it seeks further input from market participants, consists of four broad areas, including: 1.    No EU-level action at this stage 2.    Encouraging Member States and/or industry to develop standards 3.    Quasi-binding EU-level regulatory instruments 4.    Binding EU-level legislative instruments ESMA will consider these options based on the feedback it receives from market participants, and, if appropriate, will undertake further policy action, either directly or by providing an opinion to the European Commission. The reason to bring up some policy options is due to the fact that proxy advisors are currently not regulated at a pan-European level. Nevertheless, there are relevant European rules that apply to investors (e.g. for UCITS management companies when exercising voting rights). In addition, there are also well-recognised corporate governance standards that apply to issuers at a national level (based on the “comply or explain approach”) and some complements to improve standards of stewardship among investors. All feedback received from this Discussion Paper will be duly considered. ESMA expects to publish a feedback statement in Q4 of 2012 which will summarise the responses received and will state ESMA’s view on whether there is a need for policy action in this area.
18/12/2015 2015/1887 Follow-up report on the development of the Best Practice Principles for Providers of Shareholder Voting Research and Analysis , Final Report PDF
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08/06/2015 2015/920 Impact of the Best Practice Principles for Providers of Shareholder Voting Research and Analysis , Consultation Paper PDF
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Responding to this Call for Evidence ESMA invites comments on all matters in this paper and in particular on the specific questions presented throughout the paper. Comments are most helpful, if they:a.    respond to the question stated;b.    indicate the specific question to which they relate; andc.    contain a clear rationale.  ESMA will consider all comments received by 27 July 2015. All contributions should be submitted online at www.esma.europa.eu under the heading ‘Your input - Consultations’. Publication of responses All contributions received will be published following the close of the Call for Evidence, unless you request otherwise.  Please clearly and prominently indicate in your submission any part you do not wish to be publically disclosed. A standard confidentiality statement in an email message will not be treated as a request for non-disclosure. A confidential response may be requested from us in accordance with ESMA’s rules on access to documents. We may consult you, if we receive such a request. Any decision we make not to disclose the response is reviewable by ESMA’s Board of Appeal and the European Ombudsman.Data protection Information on data protection can be found at www.esma.europa.eu under the heading Legal Notice.Who should read this Call for Evidence This Call for Evidence will be of relevance to persons and entities participating in the voting chain, particularly proxy advisors, investors, companies listed in Europe, proxy solicitors and consultants.
10/11/2016 2016-1560 Final Report on Technical Advice under the Benchmarks Regulation Final Report PDF
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29/09/2016 2016/1406 Draft technical standards under the Benchmarks Regulation Consultation Paper PDF
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15/02/2016 2016/288 Discussion Paper Benchmarks Regulation , Consultation Paper PDF
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27/05/2016 2016/723 Consultation Paper on ESMA technical advice on Benchmarks Regulation , 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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15/10/2018 ESMA31-62-1114 2017 Report on EEA prospectus activity Final Report PDF
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13/07/2018 ESMA31-62-962 Consultation Paper on minimum information content for prospectus exemption Consultation Paper PDF
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13/07/2018 ESMA31-62-996 Consultation Paper on Guidelines on Risk Factors Consultation Paper PDF
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16/05/2019 ESMA34-45-712 Verena Ross- ICMA 2019 conference speech , , , Speech PDF
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06/03/2019 ESMA35-43-1740 Keynote by ESMA Chair Maijoor at ALFI Asset Management Conference , Speech PDF
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20/12/2018 ESMA70-145-1008 Final report on Guidelines on non-significant benchmarks Final Report PDF
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02/06/2017 ESMA70-145-81 Final report on draft RTS on cooperation with third countries under BMR Final Report PDF
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09/03/2020 ESMA70-156-1464 Draft Regulatory Technical Standards under the Benchmarks Regulation Consultation Paper PDF
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04/06/2019 ESMA71-319-120 FESE Dinner Address , , , , Speech PDF
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25/09/2019 ESMA71-319-141 Introductory remarks- Second roundtable on euro risk-free rates Speech PDF
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29/10/2019 ESMA71-319-150 Conference on the adaptation of interest rate benchmarks to the new European regulation on benchmarks- Steven Maijoor ESMA Chair at CNMV Conference , Speech PDF
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