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09/12/2014 2014/1474 Investor Protection and an integrated EU Capital Market- Steven Maijoor address to DSW/Better Finance for All Conference Speech PDF
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Steven Maijoor spoke at the DSW/Better Finance for All International Investors Conference in Wiesbaden on 9 December. His speech focused on two closely interlinked topics, namely the enhancement of the level of protection offered to investors and the accelerated harmonisation and integration of EU capital markets.
18/12/2014 2014/1575 Keynote Address to ICI Global Trading and Market Structure Conference, London- Verena Ross Speech PDF
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Verena Ross, ESMA Executive Director, addressed the ICI GLobal Trading and Market Structure Conference in London on 9 December 2014 on the topics of MiFID II and trade reporting issues.
25/02/2014 2014/224 Liquidity and new financial market regulation, European Market Liquidity Conference (AFME), London- Verena Ross, Executive Director Speech 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.
28/03/2014 2014/337 Keynote speech at EuroFinUse Conference on the Better Finance Manifesto, Steven Maijoor ESMA Chair Speech PDF
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How to restore European household’s confidence in long term savings and investments Steven Maijoor, Chair of ESMA EuroFinUse Conference on The Better Finance Manifesto, Brussels Excerpt “Allow me to begin my thoughts by summarising the current situation of the European financial sector: The effects of the financial crisis and the subsequent EU sovereign debt problems still linger on. There are: expectations for further bank deleveraging, a reluctance in the private sector towards raising capital on equity and debt markets, and only slowly receding doubts among investors about the stability of financial markets. But the situation is improving: The progress on implementing the post-crisis regulatory reform agenda as well as addressing the sovereign-bank nexus are vital building blocks for fostering confidence in the markets. In addition, the recent economic stabilization – reflected by an expected growth rate of 1.5% for 2014 in the EU – is already starting to lift the spirits of entrepreneurs and their appetite to engage in additional investment. This newly revived appetite requires new funding, either intermediated by banks or from securities markets. As our banking systems are going through an important phase of transformation, markets and policy makers increasingly look to securities markets for fresh impulses. And I very much concur that we need to explore what funding opportunities we can develop through capital market financing.”
05/06/2014 2014/607 Keynote Speech- Steven Maijoor, ESMA Chair at ICMA Annual Conference, Berlin Speech PDF
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Steven Maijoor, ESMA Chair, today delivered the keynote address at the International Capital Markets Association Annual General Meeting and Conference in Berlin. In the course of his speech he outlined the key elements needed to ensure the success of the EU's regulatory reform agenda: (excerpt) "1.    The EU single rule book for financial markets needs to be implemented and supervised. Implementing measures like technical standards are needed to ensure that the legislation works in practice and the rules need to be subject to credible supervision; and 2.    Supervisory convergence between the 28 EU member states is needed to ensure that the single rule book also results in a truly single EU financial market. Differences in supervision, and regulatory competition, will undermine the achievement of the objectives of stability and investor protection." While he specifically focused on the issues of financial inducements under MiFID II and collateral liquidity.
10/06/2014 2014/619 Keynote Speech- Steven Maijoor, ESMA Chair, at IBA Conference on the Globalisation of Investment Funds, Paris Speech PDF
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Steven Maijoor, ESMA Chair, delivered a keynote address to the International Bar Association's 25th Annual Conference on the Globalisation ofInvestment Funds in Paris. His speech focused on concentrated on potential financial stability risks linked to the phenomenon of "too big to fail" and the fund management industry and also on policy developments affecting the fund management industry. Excerpt "Addressing potential systemic risks in asset management will be an important part of our work going forward. As we develop our insights into the risks in the industry, it is clear that asset management has a specific profile that sets it apart from banking and other financial activities. This implies that the lens through which we see stability risks in banking and insurance, might not be the right one for asset management. Our proposal in this debate, therefore, is that in addition to looking at individual institutions, we must include in our analysis the very different types of activities of the asset management sector and their interdependence with systemic risks in the wider financial market."
22/09/2015 2015-1417 Steven Maijoor ISDA Europe Conference Speech 2015 Speech PDF
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01/07/2015 2015/1074 Speech at CISI 2015 Annual Conference by Verena Ross, ESMA Executive Director Speech PDF
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15/07/2015 2015/1133 Steven Maijoor- Opening statement at MiFID II/MiFIR Scrutiny Hearing at ECON Speech PDF
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19/01/2015 2015/123 Remarks by Steven Maijoor at Opening Session of Asian Financial Forum in Hong Kong, 19 January 2015 Speech PDF
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Introduction Let me first thank the Hong Kong authorities for inviting me to speak at this prestigious event about the important topic of long-term sustainable growth, which is very high on the agenda, both here in the East and in the West. It is good to be back in my birthplace. No, that is not a slip of the tongue. I was born in Hong Kong, about one mile from here in the area called Happy Valley. Consistent with that, I have always been an optimistic person, and that is a very valuable trait as a regulator. Although my family and I lived only shortly here in Hong Kong, I am proud of being born here, and I am sure that it gave me a good start in life. The core topic of this panel is long-term, sustainable growth in Asia. I am certainly not in a position to give a lecture on this topic as current Asian growth figures are on average higher than those in the European Union. Therefore I will listen carefully here today and take some lessons back home with me. Instead, I will share with you my current thinking on long-term growth from the perspective of an EU securities markets regulator. Let me first start with the regulatory response to the financial crisis and the frequently heard suggestion that this broad response is hampering economic recovery. The broad regulatory response was and is needed to prevent the recurrence of a crisis like the one we have experienced in the past seven years. The financial crisis has seriously destroyed economic growth. Since 2008, the EU has been on a systematically lower growth path, and is now more than 10% under the trend line as expected before the financial crisis started.
14/09/2015 2015/1349 Statement by Steven Maijoor ESMA Chair- ECON Hearing 14 September 2015 , Speech PDF
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14/09/2015 2015/1380 Statement by Steven Maijoor Chair ESAs Joint Committee- ECON Hearing 14 September 2015 , Speech PDF
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29/10/2015 2015/1615 Steven Maijoor speech at ECN , Speech PDF
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10/11/2015 2015/1639 Steven Maijoor at Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, European Parliament, Scrutiny Hearing on MiFID II , Speech PDF
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17/11/2015 2015/1679 Steven Maijoor Opening Statement ECON 17 Nov 2015 , Speech PDF
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17/11/2015 2015/1680 Verena Ross Statement ECON 17 Nov 2015 , Speech 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.
12/03/2015 2015/583 Regulators, pension funds and efficient financial markets Speech PDF
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24/03/2015 2015/620 MIFID/MIFIR- CSD hearing before ECON , Speech PDF
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