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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.
06/07/2012 2012/388 Guidelines on certain aspects of the MiFID compliance function requirements Guidelines & Recommendations 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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06/07/2012 2012/387 en Guidelines on certain aspects of the MiFID suitability requirements Guidelines & Recommendations PDF
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06/07/2012 2012/388 EN Guidelines on certain aspects of the MiFID compliance function requirements Guidelines & Recommendations PDF
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22/06/2012 2012/382 MiFID Q&A in the area of investor protection and intermediaries Q&A 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.
11/06/2012 OJ/30/05/2012-PROC/2012/003 Drafting call for tenders for the logistics department of ESMA- deadline 16 July 2012 CLOSED Procedure PDF
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Model framework contract Contract notice Invitation letter Frequently Asked Questions
15/05/2012 OJ/27/04/2012 - PROC/2012/002 Invitation to tender for temporary workers at ESMA CLOSED Procedure PDF
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10/05/2012 OJ/27/04/2012 -PROC/2012/002 Temporary workers at ESMA CLOSED Procedure PDF
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The deadline for this tender is 12 June 2012. For further information, please also see the following documents: Invitation for tender Contract notice Draft contract Frequently asked questions Corrigendum
04/05/2012 OJ/20/04/2012-PROC/2012/001 Cleaning services and supply of cleaning products- deadline 6 June 2012 CLOSED Procedure PDF
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For further information, please also see the following documents: Draft contract Contract notice Invitation to tender Frequently Asked Questions Minutes of visit on 22 May 2012 Office plan - 3rd floor Office plan - 4th floor Office plan - 5th floor Office plan - 6th floor
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.
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.
24/02/2012 2012/128 ESMA readies guidelines on automated trading – application deadline starts , Press Release PDF
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ESMA today publishes the official translations of its final “Guidelines on systems and controls in an automated trading environment for trading platforms, investment firms and competent authorities” (ESMA/2011/456), first published on 21 December 2011. High Frequency Trading (HFT) is one form of automated trading.   By having translated the guidelines into all the official languages of the EU, today’s publication triggers a transitional period of two months within which national supervisors have to declare whether they intend to comply with the guidelines or otherwise explain the reasons for non-compliance which would be made public by ESMA. According to the ESMA Regulation national supervisors have to make every effort to comply with the Guidelines.
24/02/2012 2012/122 Guidelines- Systems and controls in an automated trading environment for trading platforms, investment firms and competent authorities , Guidelines & Recommendations PDF
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ESMA Board of Supervisors (the BoS) has decided on the 26 September 2018 to withdraw the guidelines on “Systems and controls in an automated trading environment for trading platforms, investment firms and competent authorities”. The guidelines were issued by ESMA, in February 2012, to ensure a common, uniform and consistent application of MiFID and MAD. The BoS decision to withdraw the guidelines is based on the subject matter being fully incorporated into MiFID II, MAR, and relevant delegated acts.

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22/12/2011 2011/457 ESMA outlines future automated trading regime for trading platforms, investment firms and competent authorities , Press Release PDF
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22/12/2011 2011/456 Final report- Guidelines on systems and controls in an automated trading environment for trading platforms, investment firms and competent authorities Guidelines & Recommendations PDF
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This is the final report. The guidelines along with the translations are published separately.

22/12/2011 2011/446 Consultation paper on guidelines on certain aspects of the MiFID compliance function requirements Consultation Paper PDF
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22/12/2011 2011/445 Consultation paper on guidelines on certain aspects of the MiFID suitability requirements Consultation Paper PDF
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09/12/2011 2011/431 Global regulators discuss OTC derivatives regulation , Press Release PDF
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Leaders and senior representatives of the authorities responsible for the regulation of the over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives markets in Canada, the European Union, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the United Statesmet met yesterday in Paris.