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28/05/2021 ESMA81-393-98 Supervisory Briefing on Benchmark administrators’ presence in their Member States of location and outsourcing , Report 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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10/11/2016 2016-1567 ESMA finalises advice on future rules for financial benchmarks Press Release 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.

16/05/2019 ESMA34-45-712 Verena Ross- ICMA 2019 conference speech , , , Speech PDF
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15/07/2020 ESMA42-111-4128 PEER REVIEW ON GUIDELINES ON ENFORCEMENT OF FINANCIAL INFORMATION- Country report DE , , Report PDF
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03/11/2020 ESMA42-111-5349 Fast Track Peer Review Report- Wirecard , , Report PDF
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06/12/2017 ESMA50-164-1173 Press Release MiFID/MAR Transitional Transparency Calculations , , , , Press Release PDF
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02/06/2017 ESMA70-143-5 Methodological framework for mandatory benchmarks contributions Report PDF
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29/03/2017 ESMA70-145-48 Draft technical standards under the Benchmarks Regulation Report PDF
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14/02/2020 ESMA70-156-1778 ESMA’s response to the Commission’s consultation on the BMR review Report PDF
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28/09/2021 ESMA70-156-4871 Keynote speech Natasha Cazenave- FIA IDX conference, 27 September 2021 , , , , 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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23/01/2017 ESMA71-844457584-329 ESMA Chair keynote address at PRIME Finance Conference , , Speech PDF
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16/12/2019 ESMA71-99-1266 Press release on joint GLs on cooperation and information exchange , , Press Release PDF
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14/02/2020 ESMA71-99-1285 ESMA responds to European Commission consultation on the Benchmark Regulation review , Press Release PDF
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09/03/2020 ESMA71-99-1287 ESMA Supervision WP 2020 , , , , , Press Release PDF
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17/04/2020 ESMA71-99-1313 Benchmarks MoU- 30 Mar (MAS ESMA) , , Press Release PDF
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