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25/09/2000 00-064c The regulation of Alternative Trading Systems in Europe. A paper for the EU Commission Final Report PDF
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Alternative Trading Systems (ATS) offer electronic securities trading facilities outside the traditional trading channels. An expert group chaired by Howard Davies, Chairman of the UK FSA, has studied the impact of such systems in depth. The group has prepared a comprehensive report identifying and assessing the benefits and risks associated with the emergence of ATS and analysing the current regulatory treatment of such systems, within Europe and elsewhere. The report proposes both a short term and a long term option for a harmonised regulatory treatment of such systems in Europe.The paper was submitted to the European Commission as FESCO"s contribution to the preparation of the forthcoming Green Paper on possible amendments to the Investment Services Directive. The Green Paper will shortly be published as a basis for consultation with Member States, the financial services industry and other interested parties. However, the FESCO paper noted that, while the Green Paper on the ISD might be the catalyst for a far-reaching review of the regulatory approach to ATS, it would not provide a short-term solution. Accordingly, FESCO proposed that the short-term solution should take the form of a set of additional regulatory requirements for ATS operating as investment firms.FESCO will be working on proposals for what those additional regulatory requirements might be over the next six months, with a view to producing a consultation paper in the first half of 2001. This consultation paper will provide an opportunity for interested parties to comment in detail on the FESCO proposals. If, however, in the meantime interested parties have any specific comments on the possible additional regulatory requirements identified in paragraph 71 of the September paper, they should make these known to the Secretariat of FESCO via the following e-mail address: fdankers@europefesco.org
14/04/2011 2011/112 Final report- Guidelines to competent authorities and UCITS management companies on risk meas-urement and the calculation of global exposure for certain types of structured UCITS Final Report PDF
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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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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.
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. 
25/07/2012 2012/474 Report and consultation paper on guidelines on ETFs and other UCITS issues Final Report PDF
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This paper sets out ESMA’s guidelines on ETFs and other UCITS issues. The guidelines are adapted to the type of UCITS, management technique or financial instrument in question and are detailed in Annex III of the documentThis document also sets out in Annex IV a public consultation on the treatment of repo and reverse repo arrangements on which ESMA is seeking feedback from stakeholders. The feedback to this further consultation will be used by ESMA to finalise its position on this specific issue, which will be incorporated into the rest of the guidelines already adopted by the Authority (cf. Annex III of this document).
04/12/2012 2012/722 Guidelines on repurchase and reverse repurchase agreements Final Report PDF
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The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today published its final guidelines on repurchase and reverse repurchase agreements for UCITS funds.  The guidelines state that UCITS should only enter into such agreements if they are able to recall at any time any assets or the full amount of cash.

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.
24/05/2013 2013/600 Guidelines on key concepts of the AIFMD Final Report PDF
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  Executive Summary Reasons for publication On 23 February 2012, ESMA published a discussion paper (DP) on key concepts of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive and types of AIFM (2012/117), which was followed on 19 December 2012 by the publication of a consultation paper (CP) on guidelines on key concepts of the AIFMD (2012/845). The CP set out formal proposals for guidelines ensuring common, uniform and consistent application of the concepts in the definition of ‘AIF’ in Article 4(1)(a) of the AIFMD by providing clarification on each of these concepts. This final report sets out the final text of the guidelines on key concepts of the AIFMD.

15/11/2013 2013/1339 Guidelines on reporting obligations under Articles 3(3)(d) and 24(1), (2) and (4) of the AIFMD (revised) Final Report 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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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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