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18/02/2015 JC/GL/2014/43 Appendix 1 Compliance table for JC guidelines for complaints-handling for the securities (ESMA) and banking (EBA) sectors , Compliance table PDF
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The table contains details of the competent authorities* who comply or intend to comply with the ESAs’ Joint Guidelines on complaints-handling for the securities (ESMA) and banking (EBA) sectors.

14/08/2015 2015/1261 Guidelines compliance table- Guidelines on the application of definitions C6 and C7 under MiFID I Compliance table
19/11/2015 2015/1750 EMIR statement re bank guarantees energy market Statement PDF
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28/01/2016 2016/102 Statement by Steven Maijoor on behalf of the ESAs , Statement PDF
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Statement at the ECON scrutiny hearing on behalf of the ESAs.

02/02/2016 2016/165 Public Statement- Supervisory work on potential closet index tracking Statement PDF
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The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) is issuing this statement to inform stakeholders and especially investors about the potential for some European collective investment funds to be ‘closet index trackers’, and to give details on the work that ESMA has been doing in this context.

Introduction

  1. ESMA’s attention was drawn to an alleged practice in the European collective investment management industry whereby asset managers claim, according to their fund rules and investor information documentation, to manage their funds in an active manner while the funds are, in fact, staying very close to a benchmark and therefore implementing an investment strategy which requires less input from the investment manager. At the same time, it is alleged that these funds charge management fees in line with those of funds that are considered to be actively managed[1]. This practice is commonly referred to as ‘closet indexing’ or ‘index hugging’.
  2. In many EU Member States, NCAs have launched or are in the process of launching specific investigations, in addition to their regular monitoring and supervisory functions, to determine the potential extent of closet indexing in their jurisdictions, with a focus on equity funds at this stage. At the same time, the issue has been the subject of considerable attention by investor protection groups and the media throughout the European Union.

Reasons for issuing this statement

  1. The issues around ‘closet indexing’ form part of a broader issue on the effectiveness of investor disclosure and the legitimate expectations of investors in respect of the service provided by some asset managers. Nonetheless, the potential practice of closet indexing in Europe raises questions that merit closer analysis. The analysis carried out by ESMA (see paragraphs 9 to 16 for more details) indicates that there might be a small, but not insignificant number of funds in the EU equity fund sector that may be closet index trackers. If the existence of this practice were to be confirmed by further supervisory scrutiny carried out at national level, this could mean that:
  1. investors could be making investment decisions based on an expectation that they will be provided with a more active fund management service than they receive in practice and, therefore, may be paying higher management fees than that usually envisaged for a passive/not significantly active management service;
  2. investors may be exposed to a different risk/return profile than they expect; and
  3. some asset managers may not provide clear descriptions of how funds are managed in key disclosure documents such as the fund’s Prospectus and Key Investor Information Document (KIID).
  1. ESMA considers it important that fund managers take their commitments in disclosure documents seriously. Managers should expect supervisory consequences where evidence for incorrect disclosures is proven.
 

[1] ESMA recognises that management fees may depend on a number of factors.

10/02/2016 2016-278 EU-US approach CCP equivalence , Statement PDF
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16/02/2016 ESMA70-151-3417 Comply or explain table for G&R on CCP college , Compliance table PDF
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16/02/2016 ESMA70-151-3418 Comply or explain table for G&R on IO arrangements , Compliance table PDF
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16/02/2016 ESMA70-151-3419 Comply or explain table for G&R on PFMIs , Compliance table PDF
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12/04/2016 2016/602 Compliance table- Guidelines on ETFs and other UCITS issues , Compliance table PDF
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04/05/2016 2016/675 Compliance table- Guidelines on sound remuneration policies under the AIFMD (ESMA/2013/232) , Compliance table PDF
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20/06/2016 2016/940 Statement by Steven Maijoor at ECON MiFID II/MiFIR Scrutiny Session, 21 June 2016 , Statement PDF
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30/09/2016 2016/1408 ESMA appoints new chairs to Standing Committees , , , Statement PDF
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The Board of Supervisors of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has appointed the following individuals to serve as chairs of its standing committees:

  • Hannelore Lausch, Executive Director of the Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht (BaFin), Germany, will chair the Market Data Standing Committee;
  • Cyril Roux, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI, will chair the Investment Management Standing Committee; and
  • Merel van Vroonhoven, Chair of the Autoriteit Financiële Markten (AFM), Netherlands, will chair the Investor Protection and Intermediaries Standing Committee.

The standing committees are expert groups drawn from ESMA staff and the national competent authorities for securities markets regulation in the Member States, and are responsible for the development of policy in their respective areas.  The appointments are for a period of two years and commence with immediate effect.

23/02/2017 ESMA70-708036281-185 ESAs communication on variation margin exchange under the EMIR RTS on OTC derivatives Statement PDF
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07/03/2017 ESMA22-106-141 Joint Statement of the SMSG and the BSG on the Draft Guidelines on the Assessment of the Suitability , Statement PDF
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Joint Statement of the SMSG and the BSG on the Draft Guidelines on the Assessment of the Suitability of Members of the Management Body and Key Function Holders

21/03/2017 JC1 Statement- ESAs welcome European Commission’s public consultation on their operation Statement PDF
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28/09/2017 ESMA70-154-356 Public statement- Joint work plan of ESMA and NCAs for opinions on MiFID II pre-trade transparency waivers and position limits Statement PDF
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29/09/2017 ESMA71-99-602 ESMA appoints new chairs to Standing Committees , , , , , , , Statement PDF
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04/10/2017 ESMA34-43-352 Compliance table for the Guidelines on sound remuneration policies under the UCITS Directive , Compliance table PDF
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04/10/2017 ESMA34-32-316 Compliance table for the Guidelines sound remuneration policies under the AIFMD (ESMA/2016/579) , Compliance table PDF
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