This paper provides harmonised standards for stabilisation practices in the context of a public offer and an harmonised disclosure regime for the Allotment of securities as well as some basic principles of the Allotment process. This work has not been elaborated under a formal mandate of the EU Commission in the context of the future Directives on Insider Dealing and Market Manipulation or the future Directive on Prospectuses. However, these standards represent an important "acquis" for any future work to be undertaken on the same subject.
This set of Standards and Rules provides harmonised core conduct of business rules for retail investors in the following areas: Standards and Rules of general application, information to be provided to customers, the "know your customer" standards and the duty of care, customers agreements, dealing requirements (including the "best execution" standards) and individual discretionary portfolio management. The profesional and counterparty regime, including the categorisation of investors paper, requires further work by CESR.