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13/12/2012 2012/824 Written statement from the Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) to the Agriculture Committee of the U.S. House of Repre-sentatives on the Dodd-Frank derivatives reform and the challenges facing U.S. and international markets Speech PDF
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07/02/2012 2012/73 What problems do consumers face when seeking financial advice?- speech by Steven Maijoor Speech PDF
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This speech was delivered at the EP/EC event "Financial advice provided by non-profit entities to consumers" on 7 February 2012.
03/10/2018 ESMA70-156-787 WFE_Speech_Steven Maijoor Speech PDF
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16/05/2019 ESMA34-45-712 Verena Ross- ICMA 2019 conference speech , , , Speech PDF
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17/11/2015 2015/1680 Verena Ross Statement ECON 17 Nov 2015 , Speech PDF
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28/11/2018 ESMA35-43-1376 Verena Ross Keynote speech at DSW-Better Finance International Investors’ Conference , Speech PDF
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05/12/2017 ESMA34-45-450 Verena Ross Keynote ICI Global conference Speech PDF
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22/09/2017 ESMA71-319-53 Verena Ross Keynote AFME Compliance and Legal Conference , Speech PDF
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26/04/2013 2013/514 Towards an EU-Securities Market: Challenges for Banks. ESMA Executive Director, Verena Ross Speech PDF
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25 April 2013, National Bank of Belgium, Brussels European Banking Federation Conference – National Bank of Belgium        
06/06/2018 ESMA71-319-79 Towards a genuine single European financial market – the role of regulation and supervision, CIRSF Annual International Conference 2018- Lisbon- Verena Ross Speech PDF
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04/04/2016 2016/220 ToR FISC Reference PDF
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17/10/2017 ESMA71-99-635 The State of European Financial Markets- Steven Maijoor, Opening Address, ESMA Conference , Speech PDF
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26/04/2012 2012/271 The sovereign debt crisis and the EU single market: where is further work needed from a securities markets perspective? Speech PDF
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This speech was given by Steven Maijoor, ESMA Chair, at the ECB high level conference on Financial Integration and Stability on 26 April 2012.
13/06/2012 2012/367 The role of ESMA in European and international regulatory cooperation Speech PDF
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Speech by Verena Ross, Executive Director of ESMA, given on 12 June 2012 at the International Council of Securities Associations in Copenhagen
11/07/2011 2011/11/07 The new European Supervisory Markets Authority: helping enhance the resilience of financial markets Speech PDF
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The new European Supervisory Markets Authority: helping enhance the resilience of financial markets - speech by Michel Barnier, EU Commissioner, at the ESMA inauguration

06/07/2011 2011/203 The European Fund Industry Paradigm , Speech PDF
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The European Fund Industry Paradigm: Combining Long Term Investment Horizons and Risk Profiles Opening speech by Steven Maijoor, Chair of ESMA, at the Paris EUROPLACE Financial Forum - 6 July 2011

01/06/2015 2015/904 The Capital Markets Union, Asset Management and Stability , Speech PDF
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Steven Maijoor delivered a speech at the 26th Annual Conference of the International Bar Association on the Globalisation of Investment Funds.
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.
08/02/2012 2012/77 Strengthening Investor Protection- Opening Statement by Verena Ross at ECON hearing Speech PDF
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This speech was given by Verena Ross, ESMA Executive Director, as an opening statement at the ECON hearing on the MiFID Review, on 5 December 2011.
16/06/2015 2015/936 Steven Maijoor’s opening remarks to ECON hearing on MiFID II Speech PDF
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