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07/02/2014 2014/154 HU Az összetett termékekbe történő befektetések kockázatai , Investor Warning PDF
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07/02/2014 2014/154 IT Rischi dell’investimento in prodotti complessi , Investor Warning PDF
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07/02/2014 2014/154 LV Ar ieguldījumiem sarežģītos produktos saistītie riski , Investor Warning PDF
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07/02/2014 2014/154 LT Investavimo į sudėtingus produktus rizika , Investor Warning PDF
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07/02/2014 2014/154 MT Ir-riskji li tinvesti fi prodotti kumplessi , Investor Warning PDF
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07/02/2014 2014/154 PL Zagrożenia związane z inwestowaniem w produkty złożone , Investor Warning PDF
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07/02/2014 2014/154 PT Os riscos de investir em produtos complexos , Investor Warning PDF
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07/02/2014 2014/154 RO Riscurile investirii în produse complexe , Investor Warning PDF
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07/02/2014 2014/154 SK Riziká investovania do komplexných produktov , Investor Warning PDF
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07/02/2014 2014/154 SL Tveganja, ki jih prinašajo naložbe v kompleksne produkte , Investor Warning PDF
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07/02/2014 2014/154 ES Riesgos de las inversiones en productos complejos , Investor Warning PDF
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07/02/2014 2014/154 SV Risker med att investera i komplexa produkter , Investor Warning PDF
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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.
24/04/2014 2013/922 Compliance table- suitability guidelines , Compliance table PDF
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24/04/2014 2013/923 Compliance table- compliance guidelines , Compliance table PDF
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18/06/2014 2014/639 Call for expressions of interest regarding the renewal of the Consultative Working Group of the ESMA Secondary Markets Standing Committee Reference PDF
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The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) is looking to newly constitute a Consultative Working Group (CWG) for the ESMA Secondary Markets Standing Committee (SMSC) as the two-year-term of the existing CWG has recently expired. ESMA is therefore calling for expressions of interest from stakeholders to become a member of the CWG by 13 July 2014. The application form should be accompanied by a CV. The model European CV is recommended.It is optional for applicants, though recommended, to attach a letter of motivation.
07/10/2014 2014-1213 Guidelines compliance table for Guidelines on remuneration policies and practices (MiFID) Compliance table PDF
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06/11/2014 2014/1334 MiFID database- Contact emails of national competent authorities for market participants [updated] Reference PDF
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ESMA has established a list of national contacts, to which questions pertaining to the content of specific entries should be sent.  Please use this list to contact the relevant competent authority if you a have a query regarding shares which have been included in or ex-cluded from the list, the calculations for a specific entry or its status as liquid/not liquid.

19/12/2014 2014/1569 Annex Annex to Technical Advice on MiFID II and MiFIR- investor protection topics Reference PDF
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26/02/2015 2015/496 MiFID II – Switching on the light without turning-off the tap- Verena Ross, Executive Director, ESMA , Speech PDF
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Verena Ross, Executive Director of ESMA, delivered the keynote speech at the ABA/Law Society Capital Markets Conference 2015 in London on MiFID II which focused on transparency and liquidity issues.