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14/09/2011 2011/288 Call for evidence- Empty voting , , Consultation Paper PDF
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22/11/2011 2011/219 ESMA comment letter on the EU Commission Green Paper- The EU Corporate Governance Framework , Letter 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.
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.
25/09/2015 2015/1463 ESMA Consultation Paper on ESEF , , Consultation Paper PDF
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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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09/02/2016 2016/235 Comment letter on Taxonomy due process , , Letter PDF
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14/11/2016 2016/1565 Final Report on the clearing obligation for financial counterparties with a limited volume of activity , Final Report PDF
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05/01/2017 2016/1621 2016-1621 ESMA letter to EC on postponement of ESEF RTS , , Letter PDF
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18/12/2017 ESMA32-60-204 Final report on the RTS on the European Single Electronic Format Final Report PDF
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13/07/2018 ESMA31-59-995 ESMA letter to EC on PR Level 1 Letter 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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16/07/2018 ESMA33-128-504 Letter to DG FISMA on STS Notification and Verificaion Letter PDF
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15/10/2018 ESMA31-62-1114 2017 Report on EEA prospectus activity Final Report PDF
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07/06/2019 ESMA32-60-474 Draft RTS amending Delegated Regulation (EU) 2018/815 on the updates of the taxonomy to be used for the ESEF , Final Report PDF
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31/01/2020 ESMA31-59-1451 Letter to EC concerning ESMA's techical advice on general equivalence criteria for prospectuses Letter PDF
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03/02/2020 ESMA70-156-1757 Consultation Paper- MiFIR report on SI Consultation Paper PDF
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04/02/2020 ESMA70-156-2188 Consultation paper on Review Report Transparency Equity DVC TOS Consultation Paper PDF
4.75 MB
10/03/2020 ESMA70-156-2189 Consultation paper on Review Report on Transparency for Non-equity TOD Consultation Paper PDF
7.93 MB