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19/07/2012 2011/454 MOU on the supervision of CRAs- ESMA and ASIC , Reference PDF
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This document contains two copies of the MOU, signed by ESMA and by the ASIC.
19/07/2012 2012/124 MOU on the supervision of CRAs- ESMA and MAS , Reference PDF
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19/07/2012 MOU SFC ESMA MOU on the supervision of CRAs- ESMA and SFC Hong Kong , Reference PDF
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19/07/2012 MOU SEC ESMA MOU on the supervision of CRAs- ESMA and SEC , Reference PDF
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19/07/2012 MOU CNV ESMA MOU on the supervision of CRAs- ESMA and CNV Argentina , Reference PDF
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19/07/2012 MOU Canada ESMA MOU on the supervision of CRAs- ESMA and Canadian authorities , Reference PDF
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23/01/2013 2013/87 2013 CRA supervision and policy work plan Reference PDF
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18/02/2013 MOU ESMA/DFSA MOU on the supervision of CRAs- ESMA and Dubai FSA , Reference PDF
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05/07/2013 2013/ITMG/14 Terms of Reference IT Management and Governance Group Reference PDF
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16/12/2013 2013/1933 CRAs’ Market share calculation according to Article 8d of the CRA Regulation Reference PDF
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22/12/2014 2014/1583 Credit Rating Agencies’ 2014 market share calculations for the purposes of Article 8d of the CRA Regulation Reference PDF
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One of the objectives of the CRA Regulation is to increase competition in the markets for credit ratings by encouraging issuers to use smaller credit rating agencies. To this end, Article 8d(1) of the CRA Regulation states that where issuers or related third parties intend to appoint at least two CRAs to rate an issuance or entity, they shall consider appointing at least one CRA with no more than 10% of the total market share. They will consider this where the issuer or related third party finds that such a CRA is capable of rating the relevant issuance or entity and there is such a CRA available to rate the issuance or entity in question. Where it is not possible to appoint at least one CRA with no more than 10% of the total market share, the issuer or related third party shall document this. The obligations in Article 8d are supervised and enforced at national level by sectoral competent authorities. To help issuers and related third parties carry out this evaluation, Article 8d(2) of the CRA Regulation requires ESMA to publish a list of CRAs registered in the European Union (EU) on its website every year, indicating their total market share and the types of credit ratings issued.
10/07/2015 2015/1174 Public statement- ESMA registers modeFinance as credit rating agency Reference PDF
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17/11/2015 2015/1736 form_to_reply_vr_cra Reference DOCX
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11/12/2015 2015/1870 Registration form Open Hearing on Discussion Paper Reference DOCX
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05/02/2016 2016/234 ESMA’s supervision of credit rating agencies and trade repositories- 2015 annual report and 2016 work plan. , Report PDF
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The European Securities and Markets Authority’s (ESMA) annual report and work programme has been prepared according to Article 21 of Regulation 1060/2009 on credit rating agencies as amended (the CRA Regulation) and Article 85 of Regulation 648/2012 on OTC derivatives, central counterparties and trade repositories (EMIR). It highlights the direct supervisory activities carried out by ESMA during 2015 regarding credit rating agencies (CRAs) and trade repositories (TRs) and outlines ESMA’s main priorities in these areas for 2016.

ESMA adopts a risk-based approach to the supervision of CRAs and TRs in accordance with its overall objectives of promoting financial stability and orderly markets and enhancing investor protection. This risk-based approach requires the analysis of information from a variety of sources and the application of multiple supervisory tools including day-to-day supervision, cycle of engagement meetings with supervised entities, on-site inspections and dedicated investigations.

In order to build on the expertise that ESMA has developed through its supervision of CRAs and TRs, ESMA created a single Supervision Department in November 2015. ESMA intends to draw on the best practices identified from the supervision of both types of entity to further enhance its supervisory effectiveness in future.

04/04/2016 2016/219 ToR CRA TC Reference PDF
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04/04/2016 2016/226 ToR ITMG Reference PDF
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30/06/2016 MOU FSB ESMA MoU on the supervision of CRAs- ESMA and FSB South Africa , Reference PDF
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13/07/2016 2016/1121 REPLY FORM Reply form for the Consultation Paper on the Guidelines on the validation and review of CRAs’ methodologies Reference DOCX
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16/12/2016 2016/1662 2016-1662 Competition & Choice in the Credit Rating Industry Report PDF
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