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|11/01/2013||2013/12||Principles for Benchmarks-Setting Processes in the EU||Risk Analysis & Economics - Markets Infrastructure Investors||Consultation Paper||PDF
|31/07/2014||2014/944||Potential Risks Associated with Investing in Contingent Convertible Instruments||Warnings and publications for investors, Innovation and Products||Statement||PDF
|The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) is issuing this statement to clarify to institutional investors risks from a newly emerging asset class referred to by most market participants as contingent convertibles instruments (CoCos). If they work as intended in a crisis CoCos will play an important role to inhibit risk transfer from debt holders to taxpayers. They along with standards to improve the quality and quantity of bank capital reflect a considerate response to the former regulatory capital framework. However, it is unclear as to whether investors fully consider the risks of CoCos and correctly factor those risks into their valuation. ESMA believes there are specific risks to CoCos and that investors should take those risks into consideration prior to investing in these instruments.|
|23/02/2015||2015/168||Letter to EU Institutions re ESMA’s 2015 Work Programme||Corporate Information, Management Board, Board of Supervisors||Letter||PDF
|Dear Mr Gualtieri, Ms Ribkina and Commissioner Hill, On 30 September 2014 we sent you ESMA’s Work Programme for 2015, which was based on the budget request that had been approved by ESMA’s Board of Supervisors: a budget of €38,639,000 and 147 Establishment Plan posts. The EU budget had not been voted at the time. Following the adoption of the EU budget, ESMA’s 2015 expenditure budget is €33,601,402 (plus an additional €3,100,000 from assigned revenues for tasks delegated from National Competent Authorities) with an Establishment Plan of 137 posts. ESMA’s Board of Supervisors has approved a revised work programme to account for the difference of €5m and 10 Establishment Plan posts; representing a 15% reduction compared to the planned ESMA budget and 7% of its Establishment Plan. ESMA will therefore lack sufficient resources to execute all the tasks that were initially planned for 2015. The Work Programme explains the areas where reprioritisation had to take place, including the risk that ESMA will not fully meet its legal obligations, for instance due to the delay of delivery compared to legally set timetables. A summary of the deprioritised tasks is annexed to the Work Programme and reproduced in the table below. 2014/1200rev ESMA Work Programme|
|22/04/2015||2015/532||Investment using virtual currency or distributed ledger technology||Innovation and Products||Consultation Paper||PDF
|ESMA has been monitoring and analysing virtual currency investment over the last 6 months, to understand developments in the market, potential benefits or risks for investors, market integrity or financial stability, and to support the functioning of the EU single market. ESMA’s analysis is set out in this paper. ESMA is seeking to share its analysis in order to promote wider understanding of innovative market developments, and invites market participants and other stakeholders to submit feedback and any additional information on the following topics: Virtual currency investment products, i.e. collective investment schemes or derivatives such as options and CFDs that have virtual currencies (VCs) as an underlying or invest in VC related businesses and infrastructure; Virtual currency based assets/securities and asset transfers, i.e. financial assets such as shares, funds, etc. that are exclusively traded using virtual currency distributed ledgers (also known as block chains);and The application of the distributed ledger technology to securities/investments, whether inside or outside a virtual currency environment.|
|30/09/2016||2016/1408||ESMA appoints new chairs to Standing Committees||Board of Supervisors, Fund Management, Market Integrity, MiFID - Investor Protection||Statement||PDF
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:
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.
|02/06/2016||2016/773||Discussion Paper on the Distributed Ledger Technology Applied to Securities Markets||Innovation and Products, Risk Analysis & Economics - Markets Infrastructure Investors||Consultation Paper||PDF
|13/06/2016||2016/943||Statement by Verena Ross at ECON Public Hearing on Securitisation||Board of Supervisors, Speeches||Statement||PDF
|11/01/2013||EBA/BS/2013/001||Letter to EBF on Euribor||Risk Analysis & Economics - Markets Infrastructure Investors||Letter||PDF
|14/03/2013||ESA/2013/007||Possible Framework for the Regulation of the Production and Use of Indices Serving as Benchmarks in Financial and other Contracts||Risk Analysis & Economics - Markets Infrastructure Investors, Joint Committee||Letter||PDF
|09/02/2021||ESAs 2021 07||ESAs letter on DORA||Innovation and Products, Joint Committee||Letter||PDF
|10/04/2019||ESMA 50-164-2193||Letter to EC- FinTech action plan- ICT cybersecurity and outsourcing||Innovation and Products||Letter||PDF
|25/05/2021||ESMA-50-164-4518||Call for evidence- Digital Finance||Innovation and Products||Consultation Paper||PDF
|27/04/2018||ESMA22-103-753||Multilateral MoU on cooperation, information exchange and consultation||International cooperation, Joint Committee||Statement||PDF
|12/10/2020||ESMA22-105-1248||Steven Maijoor Opening Statement for ECON Hearing 12 October 2020||Board of Supervisors, Brexit, Corporate Information, COVID-19, Joint Committee, Speeches||Statement||PDF
|26/05/2021||ESMA22-328-603||ESMA response to the targeted consultation on the functioning of the ESAs||Board of Supervisors||Letter||PDF
|24/10/2022||ESMA24-436-1425||Verena Ross Opening Statement- 2022 ECON Annual Hearing, 24 October 2022||Board of Supervisors, CCP Directorate, Corporate Information, Innovation and Products, MiFID - Investor Protection, Speeches, Supervisory convergence, Sustainable finance||Statement||PDF
|03/04/2020||ESMA34-39-969||Public Statement of Consultation Practices||Board of Supervisors, Corporate Information||Statement||PDF
|28/06/2017||ESMA35-36-885||Product Intervention- General Statement||Innovation and Products, MiFID - Investor Protection||Statement||PDF
This statement provides an update on the European Securities and Markets Authority’s (ESMA) work in relation to the sale of contracts for differences (CFDs), binary options and other speculative products to retail investors.
ESMA has been concerned about the provision of speculative products such as CFDs, rolling spot forex and binary options to retail investors for a considerable period of time and has conducted ongoing monitoring and supervisory convergence work in this area. In this context, ESMA has previously published a number of Q&As on CFDs and other speculative products to foster supervisory convergence, having established a CFD Task Force in July 2015, and also issued a further investor warning on the sale of CFDs, binary options and other speculative products in July 2016.
However, ESMA remains concerned that these supervisory convergence tools may not be sufficiently effective to ensure that the risks to consumer protection are sufficiently controlled or reduced. ESMA is therefore discussing the possible use of its product intervention powers under Article 40 of MiFIR to address investor protection risks in relation to CFDs, rolling spot forex and binary options.
ESMA is in the process of discussing the possible use of its product intervention powers under Article 40 of MiFIR, the possible content of any such measures, and how they could be applied. However, ESMA can confirm that the measures being discussed for (i) CFDs and rolling spot forex and (ii) binary options include proposals that take into account a number of measures that have been adopted or publicly consulted on by EU National Competent Authorities. These measures include leverage limits, guaranteed limits on client losses, and / or restrictions on the marketing and distribution of these products.
In accordance with Article 40 of MiFIR, any intervention measures must be approved by the ESMA Board of Supervisors and can only come into effect from 3 January 2018 at the earliest.
 ESMA/2016/1166 Warning about CFDs, binary options and other speculative products published 25 July 2016
|13/04/2018||ESMA40-133-624||ESMA's response to WP29 Consultation on Guidelines on Derogations||International cooperation, Supervisory convergence||Letter||PDF
|13/11/2017||ESMA50-157-828||ESMA alerts firms involved in Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) to the need to meet relevant regulatory requirements||Innovation and Products, Warnings and publications for investors||Statement||PDF