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|23/12/2015||2015/1909||Guidelines on Transaction Reporting Reference Data Order Record Keeping and Clock Synchronisation||MiFID - Secondary Markets||Consultation Paper||PDF
The European Securities and Markets Authority's (ESMA) consultation paper seeks stakeholders’ views on the draft guidance on the application of the provisions of the ESMA RTS on transaction reporting, instrument reference data, order record keeping and clock synchronisation (RTS 22, 23, 24 and 25). This guidance complements the technical standards and will be essential for the consistent implementation of the new MiFIR rules.
Section 1 specifies individual scenarios applicable to a given transaction reporting activity. Each of the scenarios is accompanied with the precise technical formats and schema to be used to represent the specific reportable values. Section 2 specifies scenarios applicable to specific order record keeping activities. In addition to the reporting and record keeping scenarios, these sections also provide a number of other clarifications on the application of the requirements under the new technical standards which were requested by the market participants during the consultations on the MiFID II technical standards but could not be addressed in the final technical standards due to the level of detail and specificity of such requests. Section 3 provides clarifications on the application of the clock synchronisation requirements.
ESMA will consider the feedback it received to this consultation in Q2 2016 and expects to publish in the second half of 2016.
|03/02/2015||2015/233||Call for Evidence Competition, Choice and Conflicts of Interests in the CRA Industry||Credit Rating Agencies||Consultation Paper||PDF
|18/02/2015||2015/319||Addendum Consultation Paper- MiFID II/MiFIR||MiFID - Secondary Markets||Consultation Paper||PDF
|The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published today a consultation paper (CP) which complements the transparency section of the CP on MiFID II/MiFIR published on 19 December 2014. This CP covers the following non-equity asset classes: foreign exchange derivatives; credit derivatives; other derivatives; and contracts for difference (CFDs). For each asset class two sections are provided: the first presents the analysis on the definition of a liquid market and the second includes the calculations on the pre-trade and post-trade transparency large in scale (LIS) and size specific to the instrument (SSTI) thresholds. The last section of the CP completes draft RTS 9 (Transparency requirements in respect of bonds, structured finance products, emission allowances and derivatives) published in Annex B of the CP on MiFID II/MiFIR on 19 December 2014, where rules and tables were included for bonds, structured finance products, emission allowances and derivatives not covered in this more recent analysis. This CP should be read in conjunction with ESMA’s CP on MiFID II/MiFIR and the related Annex B published on 19 December 2014. This consultation runs until 20 March 2015. ESMA will use the input received to finalise its draft RTS which will be sent for endorsement to the European Commission in mid-2015. MiFID II/ MiFIR and its implementing measures will be applicable from 3 January 2017.|
|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.|
|20/03/2015||2015/558||Call for evidence on private and bilateral SFIs||Credit Rating Agencies||Consultation Paper||PDF
|This call for evidence should be read by all those involved in the EU securitisation markets. It is particularly targeted at the following market participants and the groups and trade associations who represent them: • Issuers, originators and sponsors of Structured Finance Instruments (SFIs);• Investors acting in the securitisation markets;• Market intermediaries other than the issuers, originators and sponsors of SFIs.Responses are most helpful to ESMA when they clearly indicate which question is being answered and provide evidence in support of the response, such as concrete examples of practices experienced, data or costs estimates. Should respondents feel that the distinction provided for by the two proposed categories (issuers vs. investors) is not suitable to their particular situation, ESMA welcomes these contributions in alternative format. ESMA will consider all responses that have been received by 20 May 2015. All contributions should be submitted online at www.esma.europa.eu under the heading ‘Your input - Consultations’.|
|24/03/2015||2015/610||Draft guidelines on complex debt instruments and structured deposits||MiFID - Investor Protection||Consultation Paper||PDF
|Who should read this paper This paper is primarily of interest to competent authorities and firms that are subject to MiFID, in particular, investment firms and credit institutions performing investment services and activities. This paper is also important for trade associations, investors, and consumer groups, because the guidelines seek to implement enhanced provisions to ensure investor protection with potential impacts for anyone engaged in dealing with or processing of financial instruments. ESMA invites comments on all matters in this paper and in particular on the specific questions summarised in Annex 1. Comments are most helpful if they:• respond to the question stated;• indicate the specific question to which the comment relates;• contain a clear rationale; and• describe any alternatives ESMA should consider. ESMA will consider all comments received by 15 June 2015. All contributions should be submitted online at www.esma.europa.eu under the heading ‘Your input - Consultations’. Publication of responses All contributions received will be published following the close of the consultation, unless you request otherwise. Please clearly and prominently indicate in your submission any part you do not wish to be publically disclosed. A standard confidentiality statement in an email message will not be treated as a request for non-disclosure. A confidential response may be requested from us in accordance with ESMA’s rules on access to documents. We may consult you if we receive such a request. Any decision we make not to disclose the response is reviewable by ESMA’s Board of Appeal and the European Ombudsman. Data protection Information on data protection can be found at www.esma.europa.eu under the heading Legal Notice.|
|23/04/2015||2015/753||Draft guidelines for the assessment of knowledge and competence||MiFID - Investor Protection||Consultation Paper||PDF
|The European Securities and Markets Authority is required by Article 25(9) of MiFID II to develop guidelines specifying criteria for the assessment of knowledge and competence of the investment firm’s personnel giving investment advice or information about financial instruments, investment services or ancillary services to clients on behalf of the investment firm to fulfil their obligations under Article 24 and Article 25.In accordance with Article 16(2) of the ESMA Regulation, this paper sets out, for consultation, draft ESMA guidelines on certain aspects of MiFID II for the assessment of knowledge and competence. ESMA considers that these guidelines will establish a knowledge and competence framework that will set principles for individuals in MiFID firms that give investment advice or information about financial instruments, investment services or ancillary services to clients on behalf of the investment firm.The purpose of these guidelines is to improve investor protection by increasing the knowledge and competence of individuals in investment firms providing services to clients.|
|13/07/2016||2016/1121||Consultation Paper on the Guidelines on the validation and review of Credit Rating Agencies’ methodologies||Credit Rating Agencies||Consultation Paper||PDF
|15/07/2016||2016/1137||Call for evidence on Asset segregation and custody services||Fund Management||Consultation Paper||PDF
|20/09/2016||2016/1389||Discussion Paper on the trading obligation for derivatives under MiFIR||MiFID - Secondary Markets||Consultation Paper||PDF
|03/10/2016||2016/1422||CP on RTS specifying the scope of the consolidated tape for non-equity financial instruments||MiFID - Secondary Markets||Consultation Paper||PDF
This consultation paper (CP) seeks stakeholders’ views on the draft Regulatory Technical Standard (RTS) ESMA is required to draft under Article 65(8)(c) of Directive 2014/65/EU with regard to the consolidated tape for non-equity instruments.
The input from stakeholders will help ESMA in finalising this draft RTS. Respondents to the consultations are encouraged to provide the relevant data to support their arguments or proposals.
Section 2 introduces the topic. Section 3 addresses the issue of specialisation of the CT, whereas section 4 discusses which trading venues and APAs should be mandatorily included in the CT. Finally, the CP ends with section 5 which discusses the inclusion of new trading venues and APAs to the CT as well as the removal of a trading venue or APA from the CT.
On the basis of the responses to this CP, ESMA will finalise the draft RTS and submit the final report to the European Commission for endorsement. The consultation closes on 5 December.
|05/10/2016||2016/1436||Consultation Paper on Draft guidelines on MiFID II product governance requirements||MiFID - Investor Protection||Consultation Paper||PDF
|05/10/2016||2016/1437||Consultation Paper on Guidelines on the management body of market operators and data reporting services providers||MiFID - Secondary Markets||Consultation Paper||PDF
|06/10/2016||2016/1440||Guidelines on the calibration, publication and reporting of trading halts||MiFID - Secondary Markets||Consultation Paper||PDF
|28/10/2016||2016/1529||Joint ESMA and EBA Guidelines on the assessment of the suitability of members of the management body and key function holders||Guidelines and Technical standards, MiFID - Investor Protection||Consultation Paper||PDF
|10/11/2016||2016/1562||Consultation Paper- Draft RTS on package orders for which there is a liquid market||MiFID - Secondary Markets||Consultation Paper||PDF
|06/04/2016||2016/570||Discussion Paper on UCITS share classes||Fund Management||Consultation Paper||PDF
|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
|25/01/2016||2016/96||Slides from ESMA’s Open Hearing on validation and review of CRAs’ methodologies||Credit Rating Agencies||Consultation Paper||PDF
|04/04/2017||33-5-94||Response Form CRA Endorsement Guidelines||Credit Rating Agencies||Consultation Paper||DOCX