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14/09/2011 2011/288 Call for evidence- Empty voting , , Consultation Paper PDF
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13/02/2012 2011/MB/114 Summary of conclusions- Management Board meeting of 7 November 2011 Reference PDF
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22/07/2011 2011/MB/74 Summary of conclusions- Management Board meeting of 11 April 2011 Reference PDF
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22/07/2011 2011/MB/75 Summary of conclusions- Management Board meeting of 28 April 2011 Reference PDF
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22/07/2011 2011/MB/76 Summary of conclusions- Management Board meeting of 24 May 2011 Reference PDF
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01/03/2012 2011/MB/85 Management board meeting on 3 August 2011 Reference PDF
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02/12/2011 2011/MB/88 Summary of conclusions- Management Board meeting of 11 July 2011 Reference PDF
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02/12/2011 2011/MB/98 Summary of conclusions- Management Board meeting on 19 September 2011 Reference 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.
24/04/2012 2012/MB/15 Management Board meeting on 13 February 2012 Reference PDF
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29/06/2012 2012/MB/28 Management Board meeting on 16 April 2012 Reference PDF
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01/03/2012 2012/MB/3 Management board meeting on 19 December 2011 Reference PDF
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01/03/2012 2012/MB/4 Management board meeting on 30 January 2012 Reference PDF
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15/11/2012 2012/MB/49 Summary of conclusions MB meeting 18/06/12 Reference PDF
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15/11/2012 2012/MB/50 Summary of conclusions MB meeting 23/07/12 Reference PDF
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15/11/2012 2012/MB/59 Summary of conclusions MB meeting 10/09/12 Reference PDF
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19/02/2013 2012/MB/74 Summary of conclusions MB meeting 05/11/12 Reference PDF
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12/11/2013 2013/1643 Cover Note- Public statement containing information on shareholder cooperation and acting in concert under the Takeover Bids Directive (ESMA/2013/1642) , Reference PDF
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In accordance with its mandate to take appropriate action in the context of takeover bids as per Article 1.3 of Regulation (EU) 1095/2010 (ESMA Regulation), ESMA is releasing a public statement on shareholder cooperation and acting in concert under the Takeover Bids Directive (Directive 2004/25/EC). This statement has been prepared following the review and report by the European Commission on the application of the Takeover Bids Directive and is based on information collected about the practices and application of that Directive. The statement has been prepared in order to help shareholders identify activities in relation to which they can cooperate (insofar as those activities are available to them under national company law), without that cooperation, in and of itself, leading to a conclusion that the shareholders are acting in concert and thus being at risk of having to make a mandatory bid under the Takeover Bids Directive. These activities are presented in the statement in the form of a “White List”. The statement has been prepared by the Takeover Bids Network, a permanent working group operating under the auspices of ESMA that promotes exchange of information on practices and application of the Takeover Bids Directive across the European Economic Area, thereby strengthening a common supervisory culture. The Takeover Bids Network is a specialist group composed of the national competent authorities appointed under the Takeover Bids Directive. The competent authorities represented on the ESMA Board of Supervisors are not in all cases appointed as competent authorities within the Takeover Bids Directive. The authorities not represented on the Board of Supervisors but competent within the area of takeovers are the Austrian Takeover Commission, the Irish Takeover Panel, the Oslo Stock Exchange of Norway, the Takeover Panel of Sweden and the Takeover Panel of the United Kingdom. These five authorities have contributed to the public statement and will have regard to it in the same manner as the other members of the Takeover Bids Network when assessing whether shareholders are acting in concert under their national takeover rules.
25/11/2013 2013/1709 Review Panel Methodology Reference PDF
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11/03/2013 2013/280 Vacancy notice- Chair of Committee drafting a proxy advising industry Code of Conduct , Reference PDF
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