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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.
11/04/2012 JC/2012/30 EBA, ESMA and EIOPA publish two reports on Money Laundering , Press Release PDF
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18/04/2012 2012/256 ESMA approves credit ratings from Argentina and Mexico for use in the EU , Press Release PDF
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The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) announces today that it considers the regulatory frameworks for credit rating agencies (CRAs) of Argentina and Mexico to be in line with European Union rules.  Today’s announcement allows European financial institutions to continue using credit ratings issued in these countries for regulatory purposes after 30 April 2012.In order to facilitate regulatory information exchange, and as a precondition to endorsement, ESMA has entered into co-operation agreements for the supervision of CRAs with the national competent authorities of Argentina and Mexico.  Ratings issued under the regulatory frameworks of Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the United States have already been approved for use in the EU.
26/04/2012 2012/272 ESMA identifies divergence in Member States’ use of sanctions under the Market Abuse Directive , Press Release PDF
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The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published a report on the use of administrative and criminal sanctions by European Union (EU) national regulators under the Market Abuse Directive (MAD).  The report provides a comparison of the use of administrative sanctioning powers across 29 EEA Member States for 2008-2010.  The results of the report will provide input to the legislative process on the new market abuse regime.
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.
27/04/2012 2012/274 ESMA approves credit ratings from Brazil for use in the EU , Press Release PDF
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ESMA considers the regulatory framework for credit rating agencies (CRAs) of Brazil to be in line with European Union rules. This allows European financial institutions to continue using credit ratings issued in Brazil for regulatory purposes after 30 April 2012. In order to facilitate the exchange of regulatory information, and as a precondition to endorsement, ESMA has also entered into a co-operation agreement for the supervision of CRAs with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Brazil (Comissão de Valores Mobiliários – CVM).
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.
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 2012/330 ESMA finds high level of consistency in EU national regulators’ practices for the approval of investment prospectuses , Press Release PDF
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The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published today “Prospectus Directive – Good Practices in the approval process“,  a peer review report on the application of regulatory good practices by national supervisory authorities - competent authorities (CA)  when approving investment prospectuses.The review was conducted using good practice criteria that ESMA developed on selected areas of the Prospectus Directive dealing with the approval process for investment prospectuses.  The prospectuses provide investors with easy to understand and relevant information on investment products.  Peer review reports on national regulators’ procedures contribute to ESMA’s objective of fostering supervisory convergence and achieving a level playing field between jurisdictions.
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
25/06/2012 2012/403 ESMA proposes rules on derivatives, central counterparties and trade repositories Press Release PDF
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The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has launched a consultation on its technical standards under the Regulation on OTC derivatives, central counterparties and trade repositories (EMIR), which is aimed at improving the functioning of OTC derivatives markets in the European Union (EU).  EMIR aims to achieve this by reducing risks via the use of central clearing and risk mitigation techniques, increasing transparency via trade repositories (TR) and ensuring sound and resilient central counterparties (CCPs).
25/06/2012 2012/402 ESMA publishes its first Annual Report Press Release PDF
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28/06/2012 2012/441 ESMA proposes remuneration guidelines for alternative investment fund managers , Press Release PDF
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The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published today a consultation paper on proposed Guidelines on remuneration of alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs).  ESMA’s future guidelines will apply to managers managing alternative investment funds (AIFs) including hedge funds, private equity funds and real estate funds.  These funds will be asked to introduce sound and prudent remuneration policies and structures with the aim of increasing investor protection and avoiding conflicts of interest that may lead to excessive risk taking.
05/07/2012 2012/425 Keynote address of Steven Maijoor, Chair of ESMA at the Europlace Financial Forum Speech PDF
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Steven Maijoor delivered the key note speech at the Europlace Financial Forum in Paris on 4 July 2012.
06/07/2012 2012/424 ESMA publishes MiFID guidelines to enhance investor protection , Press Release PDF
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The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today published two final sets of guidelines aimed at enhancing the protection of investors in the EU. The guidelines relate to the provisions under the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) relating to the suitability of investment advice and the compliance function.
25/07/2012 2012/475 ESMA publishes ETF guidelines and consults on repo arrangements , Press Release PDF
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The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today published guidelines on Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) and other UCITS issues.  These guidelines will apply to national securities markets regulators and UCITS management companies.ESMA is also seeking views on the appropriate treatment of repo and reverse repo arrangements in the context of the guidelines on ETFs and other UCITS issues.