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23/06/2015 JC/DC/2015/01 Technical Discussion Paper (DP) on the PRIIPs Key Information Document (KID) , Consultation Paper PDF
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EBA, EIOPA, and ESMA (the ESAs) welcome comments on this Technical Discussion Paper on Risk, Performance Scenarios and Cost Disclosures in Key Information Documents for Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products (PRIIPs). The discussion paper is available on the websites of the three ESAs. Comments on this discussion paper can be sent using the response form, via the ESMA website under the heading ‘Your input/Consultations’ by 17 August 2015. Contributions not received in Word, or sent to an email address, or after the deadline, will not be processed. It is important to note that although you may not be able to respond to each and every question, the ESAs would encourage partial responses from stakeholders on those questions that they believe are most relevant to them. Publication of responses All contributions received will be published following the close of the consultation, unless you request otherwise. 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 the ESAs’ rules on public 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 the Board of Appeal of the ESAs and the European Ombudsman. Data protection Information on data protection can be found on the different ESAs’ websites under the heading ‘Legal notice’.
20/12/2013 2013/1974 Revision of the provisions on diversification of collateral in ESMA’s guidelines on ETFs and other UCITS issues Consultation Paper PDF
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23/06/2015 JC/DP/2015/01 reply form Response form to joint Discussion Paper on PRIIPS , Consultation Paper DOCX
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21/02/2012 2012/113 Questions and Answers- A Common Definition of European Money Market Funds- updated February 2012 Q&A PDF
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The purpose of this document is to promote common supervisory approaches and practices in the application of the guidelines on a Common Definition of European Money Market Funds developed by CESR by providing responses to questions posed by the general public and competent authorities. The content of this document is aimed at competent authorities to ensure that in their supervisory activities their actions are converging along the lines of the responses adopted by ESMA. However, the answers are also intended to help management companies by providing clarity as to the content of CESR’s guidelines on a Common Definition of European Money Market Funds, rather than creating an extra layer of requirements.
21/11/2016 2016/1586 Questions and Answers on UCITS Directive Q&A PDF
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06/08/2021 ESMA70-145-111 Q&A on the Market Abuse Regulation , Q&A PDF
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The purpose of this document is to promote common supervisory approaches and practices in the application of MAR and its implementing measures. It does this by providing responses to questions posed by the general public and competent authorities in relation to the practical application of the MAR framework

The content of this document is aimed at competent authorities to ensure that in their supervisory activities and their actions are converging along the lines of the responses adopted by ESMA and at helping issuers, investors and other market participants by providing clarity on the content of the market abuse rules, rather than creating an extra layer of requirements.

19/11/2021 ESMA35-42-1088 Q&A on the European crowdfunding service providers for business Regulation Q&A PDF
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26/11/2021 ESMA34-43-392 Q&A on the application of the UCITS Directive Q&A PDF
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31/05/2016 2016/774 Q&A on the Application of the EuSEF and EuVECA Regulations Q&A PDF
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16/07/2021 ESMA34-32-352 Q&A on the Application of the AIFMD , Q&A PDF
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01/04/2016 2016/419 Q&A Market Abuse Directive Q&A PDF
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23/07/2015 2015/1172 Guidelines on sound remuneration policies under the UCITS Directive and AIFMD Consultation Paper PDF
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Reasons for publication Article 14a(4) of Directive 2009/65/EC (“UCITS Directive”), as amended by Directive 2014/91/EU (“UCITS V Directive”) provides that ESMA shall issue guidelines addressed to competent authorities or financial market participants concerning the application of the remuneration principles set out under Article 14b of the UCITS Directive (“UCITS Remuneration Guidelines”). This consultation paper represents the first step in the development of the guidelines on remuneration policies required by the UCITS V Directive and sets out ESMA’s formal proposals for these guidelines. This consultation paper also proposes a targeted revision of the Guidelines on sound remuneration policies under the AIFMD (ESMA/2013/232) (“AIFMD Remuneration Guidelines”), which were published on 3 July 2013. Contents Section 2 explains the background to this document, while Section 3 explains the working method followed by ESMA while developing the draft guidelines. Sections 4 to 7 provide an overview of the content of the draft guidelines focusing on the main areas of difference between the requirements on remuneration under Directive 2011/61/EU (“AIFMD”) and UCITS V Directive. Annex I provides for a comparison table where the relevant UCITS V provisions on remuneration are marked up against the AIFMD provisions. Annex II sets out the list of questions contained in this paper. Annex III includes the draft cost-benefit analysis for the guidelines, while Annex IV sets out the text of the draft UCITS Remuneration guidelines and Annex V sets out the proposed amendment to the AIFMD Remuneration Guidelines. Next Steps ESMA will consider the feedback it receives to this consultation with a view to finalising the UCITS Remuneration Guidelines and publishing a final report by early Q1 2016, ahead of the transposition deadline for the UCITS V Directive (i.e. 18 March 2016). The final report is expected to also include the revision of the AIFMD Remuneration Guidelines which is proposed in the present paper. The consultation period will run until 23 October 2015.
19/12/2012 2012/845 Guidelines on key concepts of the AIFMD Consultation Paper PDF
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01/12/2014 2014/1326 Guidelines on asset segregation under the AIFMD Consultation Paper PDF
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Who should read this paper This document will be of interest to (i) depositaries of alternative investment funds and their delegates (including prime brokers and collateral managers) and their trade associations, (ii) alternative investment funds managers and their trade associations, as well as (iii) institutional and retail investors investing into such funds and their associations. Responding to this paper ESMA invites comments on all matters in this paper and in particular on the specific questions summarised in Annex 1. Comments are most helpful if they:1.    respond to the question stated;2.    indicate the specific question to which the comment relates;3.    contain a clear rationale; and4.    describe any alternatives ESMA should consider. ESMA will consider all comments received by 30 January 2015. All contributions should be submitted using the reply form, and uploaded on www.esma.europa.eu under the heading ‘Your input -Consultations’. Publication of responses All contributions received will be published following the close of the consultation, 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.
14/11/2013 2013/1649 ESMA’s policy orientations on possible implementing measures under the Market Abuse Regulation , Consultation Paper PDF
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The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published a Discussion Paper setting out its initial views on the implementing measures it will have to develop for the new Market Abuse Regulation (MAR). MAR aims to enhance market integrity and investor protection. It will achieve this by updating and strengthening the existing market abuse framework, by extending its scope to new markets and trading strategies, and by introducing new requirements. The Discussion Paper presents positions and regulatory options on those issues where ESMA will have to develop MAR implementing measures, likely to include Regulatory Technical Standards, Delegated Acts and Guidelines. These implementing measures are of fundamental importance to the new regime, as they set out how MAR’s enlarged scope is to be implemented in practice by market participants, trading platforms, investors, issuers and persons related to financial markets. In developing these regulatory options ESMA, where similar requirements already exist under the current Market Abuse Directive (MAD), has taken into consideration the existing MAD Level 2 texts and ESMA/CESR guidelines to set out the DP positions in light of the extended scope of MAR. This Discussion Paper is based on the version of the MAR Level 1 text agreed by the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission on 24 June 2013. Consultation Reference 2013/1649 Closing date for responses Monday, 27 January 2014 Contact market.integrity[at]esma.europa.eu
30/01/2012 2012/44 ESMA’s guidelines on ETFs and other UCITS issues Consultation Paper PDF
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In the summer of 2010 ESMA started looking into the operation of UCITS making use of the new investment freedoms introduced by the UCITS III Directive and the Eligible Assets Directive (2007/16/EC) in order to identify the possible impact on investor protection and market integrity. As part of this work, ESMA published a discussion paper on policy orientations on guidelines for UCITS Exchange-Traded Funds and Structured UCITS on 22 July 2011 (ESMA/2011/220), responses to which were due by 22 September. This consultation paper represents the next stage in the development of ESMA guidelines in this area. ESMA will take into account responses to this consultation paper in finalising the guidelines for adoption in Q2 2012.
24/05/2017 ESMA34-49-82 Draft technical advice, implementing technical standards and guidelines under the MMF Regulation Consultation Paper PDF
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19/12/2012 2012/844 Draft regulatory technical standards on types of AIFMs Consultation Paper PDF
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28/06/2012 2012/406 Draft Guidelines on sound remuneration policies under the AIFMD Consultation Paper PDF
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Annex II of the AIFMD establishes a set of rules (largely inspired from the provisions of Directive 2006/48/EC, the “CRD”) with which AIFMs have to comply when establishing and applying the remuneration policies for certain categories of their staff. Article 13(2) of the AIFMD requires ESMA to develop guidelines on sound remuneration policies which comply with Annex II of the AIFMD. This consultation paper represents the first step in the elaboration of the guidelines on remuneration policies required by the AIFMD and sets out ESMA’s formal proposals for these guidelines.Responses to this consultation paper will be taken into account by ESMA in finalising the guidelines on sound remuneration policies under the AIFMD. In finalising the guidelines, ESMA will also take into account the development of its work on the separate set of guidelines, which will be complementary to the CEBS Guidelines, focused on remuneration policies of investment firms from an investor protection point of view, for which a separate consultation paper will be published at the end of Q3 2012. ESMA aims to adopt the final text of the guidelines on sound remuneration policies under the AIFMD in Q4 2012. 
23/12/2014 2014/1577 Discussion Paper- Share classes of UCITS Consultation Paper PDF
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Reasons for publication The UCITS Directive recognises the possibility for UCITS to offer different share classes to investors but it does not prescribe whether, and to what extent, share classes of a given UCITS can differ from each other. ESMA has identified diverging national practices as to the types of share class that are permitted, ranging from very simple share classes (e.g. with different levels of fees) to much more sophisticated share classes (e.g. with potentially different investment strategies). Therefore, ESMA sees merit in developing a common understanding of what constitutes a share class of UCITS and of the ways in which share classes may differ from each other. Contents In this discussion paper, ESMA sets out its views on what constitutes a share class, including how to distinguish share classes from compartments of UCITS. The paper goes on to provide possible approaches to the extent of differentiation between share classes that should be permitted. Next Steps ESMA will take into account the feedback from stakeholders with a view to establishing a common position on the use of share classes by UCITS. ESMA appreciates that national practices on the use of share classes vary significantly. Therefore, ESMA will take into account the possible impact on current market practices when developing its final position on this topic.

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