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12/02/2018 ESMA71-99-946 Press release- ESAs warn consumers of risks in buying virtual currencies Press Release PDF
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18/01/2018 ESMA71-99-930 Product Intervention Call for Evidence PR , Press Release PDF
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09/01/2018 ESMA71-99-925 ESMA Double Volume Cap delay , Press Release PDF
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20/12/2017 ESMA70-145-401 ESMA statement for smooth implementation of LEI Statement PDF
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15/12/2017 ESMA71-99-910 Statement on preparatory work of the European Securities and Markets Authority in relation to CFDs and binary options offered to retail clients , Statement PDF
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14/12/2017 ESMA70-151-957 MiFID II Q&A on post-trading issues , Q&A PDF
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06/12/2017 ESMA50-164-1173 Press Release MiFID/MAR Transitional Transparency Calculations , , , , Press Release PDF
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29/11/2017 ESMA71-99-661 Peer Review on MiFID Compliance Function Press Release , , Press Release PDF
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09/10/2017 ESMA71-99-613 ESMA highlights importance of LEI for MiFIDII/MiFIR compliance , Press Release PDF
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The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published a Briefing on the Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) as part of its efforts to raise industry awareness and facilitate compliance with the LEI requirements under MiFID II ahead of its 3 January 2018 launch.

ESMA expects market participants to take all necessary steps to ensure full compliance with the LEI requirements under MiFID II. Based on its previous experience with EMIR reporting, ESMA urges reporting entities not to delay in addressing this important matter, as advance preparation will help in avoiding backlogs and ensuring that all market participants are ready for the new regime.

29/09/2017 ESMA71-99-602 ESMA appoints new chairs to Standing Committees , , , , , , , 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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26/09/2017 ESMA71-99-599 EBA and ESMA provide guidance to assess the suitability of management body members and key function holders , , , Press Release PDF
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The European Banking Authority (EBA) and the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) have published their joint Guidelines to assess the suitability of members of management bodies and key function holders.

06/07/2017 ESMA71-99-514 Press release- ESMA proposes simplifications for prospectuses , Press Release PDF
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28/06/2017 ESMA35-36-885 Product Intervention- General Statement , Statement PDF
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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[1] 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[2].

 

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[3].

28/06/2017 ESMA70-156-158 Letter to co-legislators on MiFID II implementation Letter PDF
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05/04/2017 ESMA71-99-386 Press release: ESMA clarifies market structure issues under MiFID II Press Release PDF
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31/03/2017 ESMA35-36-794 Q&A Relating to the provision of CFDs and other speculative products to retail investors under MiFID Q&A PDF
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14/02/2017 ESMA70-872942901-19 Letter- MiFID II SIs operating broker crossing networks Letter PDF
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19/12/2016 2016/1673 2016-1673 Q&A on MiFID II commodity derivatives topics Q&A PDF
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10/11/2016 2016/1570 ESMA consults on transparency rules for package orders under MiFID II Press Release PDF
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