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15/04/2011 2011/121 Discussion paper- ESMA’s policy orientations on possible implementing measures under Article 3 of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive Consultation Paper PDF
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13/07/2011 2011/209 Consultation paper- ESMA's draft technical advice to the European Commission on possible implementing measures of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive Consultation Paper PDF
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20/07/2011 2011/224 Consultation paper- Guidelines on systems and controls in a highly automated trading environment for trading platforms, investment firms and competent authorities Consultation Paper PDF
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22/07/2011 2011/220 Discussion paper- ESMA’s policy orientations on guidelines for UCITS Exchange-Traded Funds and Structured UCITS Consultation Paper PDF
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23/08/2011 2011/270 Consultation paper- ESMA's draft technical advice to the European Commission on possible implementing measures of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive in relation to supervision and third countries Consultation Paper PDF
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13/10/2011 2011/342 Opinion- Practical arrangements for the late transposition of the UCITS IV Directive Opinion PDF
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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.
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.
23/02/2012 2012/117 Discussion paper on Key concepts of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive and types of AIFM Consultation Paper PDF
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This document will be of interest to asset management companies and trade associations of asset management companies managing funds falling in the scope of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive. Responses to this discussion paper will help ESMA in finalising its policy approach. In light of the feedback received, ESMA will develop a consultation paper in Q2 2012 setting out formal proposals for draft regulatory technical standards on Article 4(4) of the AIFMD. The results of that public consultation will be used by ESMA in finalising the draft regulatory technical standards to be submitted to the European Commission for endorsement by the end of 2012. 
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. 
20/11/2012 2012/721 Opinion on Article 50(2)(a) of the UCITS Directive Opinion 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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19/12/2012 2012/845 Guidelines on key concepts of the AIFMD Consultation Paper PDF
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24/05/2013 2013/599 AIFM reporting XSD schema and samples Consultation Paper ZIP
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The CP setting out draft ESMA’s guidelines on reporting obligations under Articles 3 and 24 of the AIFMD (ESMA/2013/592) is supplemented by AIFM reporting XSD schema and samples that AIFMs will have to use to report the information under Articles 3 and 24 to their national competent authorities. ESMA is also seeking feedback from stakeholders on these documents 
24/05/2013 2013/592 Consultation paper on ESMA’s guidelines on AIFMD reporting obligations under Articles 3 and 24 of the AIFMD Consultation Paper PDF
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Consultation paper on ESMA’s guidelines on AIFMD reporting obligations under Articles 3 and 24 of the AIFMD ESMA’s consultation paper (CP) on AIFMD reporting obligations contains in draft guidelines to national competent authorities (NCAs) for securities markets on reporting obligations for AIFMs under Articles 3 and 24 of the AIFMD.  These draft guidelines, set out in Annex III, provide clarification on the information that AIFMs should report to NCAs, the timing of such reporting together with the procedures to be followed when AIFMs move from one reporting obligation to another.  Annex IV of the CP includes the reporting template set out in Regulation 231/2013.  Annex V sets out a diagram which summarises the reporting obligations of AIFMs, as determined by the total value of assets under management and the nature of the AIFs managed or marketed.  Annex VI provides stakeholders with detailed IT guidance for XML filing.  The CP is accompanied by the publication of the AIFM reporting XSD schema (ESMA/2013/599) that AIFMs will have to use to report the information under Articles 3 and 24 to NCAs and on which ESMA is also seeking feedback from stakeholders.
01/08/2013 2013/1072 Practical arrangements for the late transposition of the AIFMD Opinion PDF
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The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published an Opinion on arrangements for the late imposition of the AIFMD. The scope of the opinion is confined to the provision of collective portfolio management services. Arrangements before implementation of the Directive in all Member States Notification of marketing of EU AIFs when the host MS of the AIFM has not transposed the Directive (Articles 31 and 32 of the Directive) ESMA believes that, if the Directive has been transposed in the home MS of the AIFM, the competent authority of the host MS of the AIFM (Article 32) or home MS of the AIFM (Article 31) may not refuse a valid notification under the Directive on the ground that the Directive has not yet been transposed in the host MS. This applies irrespective of whether the marketing is done using the freedom to provide services or by means of a branch. Management passport (Article 33 of the Directive) ESMA believes that AIFMs established in a MS that has transposed the Directive should be able to manage an EU AIF via the management passport, both using the freedom to provide services or by means of a branch, in a MS where the Directive has not been transposed, irrespective of the provisions currently in place in such jurisdiction since the relevant provisions of the Directive are of a self-executing nature, and provided the AIFM is authorised to manage that type of AIF in accordance with Article 33(1) of the AIFMD. Any local restrictions on AIFMs that are not in accordance with the AIFMD will need to be disapplied.
01/10/2013 2013/1340 Collection of information for the effective monitoring of systemic risk under Article 24(5), first sub-paragraph, of the AIFMD Opinion PDF
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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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27/03/2014 2014/332 Structured Retail Products- Good practices for product governance arrangements , Opinion PDF
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Legal basis 1.    Regulation (EU) No 1095/2010 (ESMA Regulation)  sets out the European Securities and Markets Authority’s (ESMA) scope of action, tasks and powers which include “enhancing customer protection”, and “foster[ing] investor protection”.  2.    In order to continue delivering on this investor protection statutory objective, ESMA is issuing this opinion on certain aspects linked to the manufacturing and distribution of structured retail products (SRP). This opinion takes into account relevant work done in this field both at European and interna-tional level.  3.    This opinion is without prejudice to the requirements for the provision of investment services and activities established in the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID)  and its implementing measures (notably, Directive 2006/73/EC), the regulatory developments arising from the MiFID review or existing product rules that may apply to SRPs.  4.    ESMA’s competence to deliver an opinion is based on Article 29(1) (a) of the ESMA Regulation. In accordance with Article 44(1) of the ESMA Regulation, the Board of Supervisors has adopted this opinion. Background 5.    In its July 2013 report on ‘Retailisation in the EU’ , ESMA highlighted that, from a consumer protec-tion perspective, retail investors may face difficulties in understanding the drivers of risks and returns of structured products. If retail investors do not properly understand the risk and reward profile of structured products, and if the products are not properly assessed against the risk appetite of retail investors, retail investors might be exposed to unexpected losses and this might lead to complaints, reputational risks for manufacturers and distributors, and a loss of confidence in the regulatory framework and, more broadly, in financial markets. 6.    In 2013, ESMA mapped the measures adopted in the EU Member States in relation to complex products in order to identify issues and to better understand the rationale behind national initiatives (by looking at similarities and differences in the various approaches, and reviewing how complexity has been treated in the different EU Members States). 7.    As a result, ESMA has developed a broad set of non-exhaustive examples of good practices, attached as Annex 1 hereto, illustrating arrangements that firms - taking into account the nature, scale and complexity of their business - could put in place to improve their ability to deliver on investor protection regarding, in particular, (i) the complexity of the SRPs they manufacture or distribute, (ii) the nature and range of the investment services and activities undertaken in the course of that business, and (iii) the type of investors they target. These good practices should also be a helpful tool for competent authorities in carrying out their supervisory action. Opinion 8.    ESMA considers that sound product governance arrangements are fundamental for investor protec-tion purposes, and can reduce the need for product intervention actions by competent authorities. 9.    ESMA considers that, when supervising firms manufacturing or distributing an SRP, competent authorities should promote, in their supervisory approaches, the examples of good practices for firms set out in Annex 1 hereto. 10.    Although the good practices set out in Annex 1 hereto focus on structured products sold to retail investors, ESMA considers that they may also be a relevant reference for other types of financial in-struments (such as asset-backed securities, or contingent convertible bonds), as well as when financial instruments are being sold to professional clients. 11.    The exposure to risk is an intrinsic feature of investment products. The good practices set out in Annex 1 refer to product governance arrangements and do not (and cannot) aim at removing investment risk from products.
22/05/2014 2014/548 Discussion Paper on MiFID II/MiFIR , Consultation Paper PDF
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This publication is the first step in the process of translating the MiFID II/MiFIR requirements into practically applicable rules and regulations to address the effects of the financial crisis and to improve financial market transparency and strengthen investor protection.MiFID II/MiFIR introduces changes that will have a large impact on the EU’s financial markets, these include transparency requirements for a broader range of asset classes; the obligation to trade derivatives on-exchange; requirements on algorithmic and high-frequency-trading and new supervisory tools for commodity derivatives. It will also strengthen protection for retail investors through limits on the use of commissions; conditions for the provision of independent investment advice; stricter organisational requirements for product design and distribution; product intervention powers; and the disclosure of costs and charges.Responding to this paperThe European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) invites responses to the specific questions listed in the ESMA MiFID II/MiFIR Discussion Paper.Please use this “form to reply”.The level 1 texts adopted by the European Council during its 13 May 2014 meeting are available here: MiFID II and MiFIR. These links are from the Council Press Release.

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