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15/03/2012 2012/195 Keynote speech by Steven Maijoor, Chair of ESMA, at the EVCA Investors’ Forum Speech PDF
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This speech was given at the EVCA Investors’ Forum in Geneva on 15 March 2012
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.
27/03/2012 2012/224 ESMA seeks views on proxy advisors , , Press Release PDF
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ESMA published last Thursday a discussion paper (ESMA/2012/212) on proxy advisors active in the European Union, seeking views of stakeholders. The paper aims at giving an overview of the state and structure of the market, advisor’s methodologies, and on possible policy options. Generally, proxy advisors assist (institutional) investors and asset managers in their voting policy and strategy.  Currently, there are no rules in place on a pan-European basis regarding proxy advisors. ESMA will use the feedback received on this paper to publish a feedback statement in Q4 of 2012, which will also include ESMA’s view on whether there is a need for policy action in the area.
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.
27/04/2012 2012/273 How the new regulatory and supervisory framework protects Europe’s markets and consumers Speech PDF
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Speech given by Steven Maijoor, ESMA Chair, at the Central Bank of Ireland Stakeholder Conference on 27 April 2012.
10/05/2012 2012/307 European Accounting Association (EAA) 35th Annual Congress – Ljubljana, 9 May 2012 Speech PDF
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Speech delivered by Steven Maijoor at the 35th European Accounting Association Annual Congress in Ljubljana, Slovenia on Wednesday 9 May 2012.
11/05/2012 2012/314 Shaping the future of Europe’s financial markets Speech PDF
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Verena Ross, Executive Director of ESMA, delivered a speech on "Shaping the future of Europe's financial markets" to the Centre Forum this morning in London.
25/01/2012 2012/32 Credit Rating Agencies: What are the next steps? Speech PDF
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Speech by Verena Ross at a public hearing organised by the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Parliament, 24 January 2012 in Brussels
16/05/2012 2012/321 Public Statement at the 2012 IOSCO Annual Conference Speech PDF
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Steven Maijoor delivered a speech this morning at IOSCO's 2012 Annual Conference in Beijing where he was appearing on panel on New Financial Architecture and International Standards Setting in the Post-Crisis Era.
23/05/2012 2012/326 Speech by Steven Maijoor at the Government Borrowers Forum Speech PDF
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Speech given by Steven Maijoor, Chair of ESMA, at the Government Borrowers Forum in Helsinki on 23 May 2012
24/05/2012 2012/328 Keynote speech at the ICMA conference- Verena Ross Speech PDF
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Verena Ross, Executive Director of ESMA, today gave the keynote address at the ICMA conference in Milan
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
20/06/2012 2012/378 Operation of notifications of MiFID Article 41 suspensions and removals of financial instruments from trading Reference PDF
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This protocol has been created to ensure effective co-operation between Competent Authorities (CAs) with respect to their obligations under Article 41 of MiFID (Suspension and removal of in-struments from trading).The purpose of the notification obligations under Article 41 is to afford investors across all Mem-ber States the same level of protection regardless of where they trade. In order to achieve this outcome, a shared understanding of the different circumstances under which trading may be suspended in different Member States according to their national law and the expected course of action under Article 41 is helpful. To ensure trading is suspended or an instrument is removed from trading in an effective and timely way, an effective communication process is necessary.The protocol will be kept under review in light of practical experience.
20/06/2012 2012/380 ESMA’s technical advice on possible delegated acts concerning the Prospectus Directive as amended by the Directive 2010/73/EU , Consultation Paper PDF
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Responses to this consultation paper should be submitted online by 20 August 2012.
22/06/2012 2012/382 MiFID Q&A in the area of investor protection and intermediaries Q&A PDF
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06/07/2012 2012/387 Final report Guidelines on certain aspects of the MiFID suitability requirements , Final Report PDF
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21/08/2012 2012/387 BG Насоки относно определени аспекти на изискванията на MiFID за годност , Guidelines & Recommendations PDF
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21/08/2012 2012/387 CS Obecné pokyny k určitým aspektům požadavků směrnice MiFID ohledně vhodnosti , Guidelines & Recommendations PDF
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21/08/2012 2012/387 DA Retningslinjer for visse aspekter af egnethedskravene ifølge MiFID , Guidelines & Recommendations PDF
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21/08/2012 2012/387 DE Leitlinien zu einigen Aspekten der MiFID-Anforderungen an die Eignung , Guidelines & Recommendations PDF
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