Who should read this paper?
This document will be of interest to all stakeholders involved in the securities markets. It is primarily of interest to competent authorities and firms that are subject to MiFID II and MiFIR – in particular, investment firms and credit institutions performing investment services and activities. This paper is also important for trade associations and industry bodies, institutional and retail investors and their advisers, and consumer groups, as well as any market participant because the MiFID II and MiFIR requirements seek to implement enhanced provisions to ensure investor protection and the transparency and orderly running of financial markets with potential impacts for anyone engaged in the dealing with or processing of financial instruments.
Responding to this paper
The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) invites responses to the specific questions listed in the ESMA MiFID II/MiFIR Consultation Paper.Please use this “form to reply” and save it under the proposed format (please see the proposed file name format below).
Please note that, in order to facilitate analysis of the large number of responses expected, ESMA will be using an IT tool that does not allow processing of responses which do not follow the formatting indications described below. Therefore, in responding stakeholders should:i. use the published template and send their responses in Word format;ii. not remove the tags of type - i.e. the response to one question has to be framed by the 2 tags corresponding to the question; andiii. if they have no response to a question, not delete it and leave the text “TYPE YOUR TEXT HERE” between the tags.
Naming protocol - In order to facilitate the handling of stakeholders responses please save your document using the following format:
ESMA_MiFID2_CP_NAMEOFCOMPANY_NAMEOFDOCUMENT: e.g.if the respondent were ESMA, the name of the reply form would be ESMA_MiFID2_CP_ESMA_REPLYFORM or ESMA_MiFID2_CP_ESMA_ANNEX1
Responses are most helpful:i. if they respond to the question stated;ii. contain a clear rationale, including on any related costs and benefits; andiii. describe any alternatives that ESMA should consider
Given the breadth of issues covered, ESMA expects and encourages respondents to specially answer those questions relevant to their business, interest and experience.
Responses must reach us by 1 August 2014.
All contributions should be submitted online at www.esma.europa.eu under the heading ‘Your input/Consultations’. Publication of responses
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