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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 2012/264 Comment letter to EFRAG on its discussion paper- Accounting for business combinations under common control Letter PDF
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05/07/2012 2012/376 Letter to Eurostat- Suitability of IPSAS for EU Member States Letter PDF
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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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21/08/2012 2012/387 EL Κατευθυντήριες γραμμές σχετικά με ορισμένες πτυχές των απαιτήσεων καταλληλότητας που προβλέπονται στη MiFID , Guidelines & Recommendations PDF
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06/07/2012 2012/387 en Guidelines on certain aspects of the MiFID suitability requirements Guidelines & Recommendations PDF
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21/08/2012 2012/387 ES Directrices relativas a determinados aspectos de los requisitos de idoneidad de la MiFID , Guidelines & Recommendations PDF
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21/08/2012 2012/387 ET Finantsinstrumentide turgude direktiivi (MiFID) sobivusnõuete teatud aspektide suunised , Guidelines & Recommendations PDF
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21/08/2012 2012/387 FI Ohjeet rahoitusmarkkinadirektiivin soveltuvuusvaatimusten tietyistä näkökohdista , Guidelines & Recommendations PDF
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21/08/2012 2012/387 FR Orientations concernant certains aspects relatifs aux exigences d'adéquation de la directive MIF , Guidelines & Recommendations PDF
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06/02/2014 2012/387 HR Smjernice o određenim aspektima MiFID-ovih zahtjeva vezanih uz primjerenost Guidelines & Recommendations PDF
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21/08/2012 2012/387 HU Iránymutatások a MiFID szerinti alkalmassági követelmények bizonyos szempontjairól , Guidelines & Recommendations PDF
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