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ESMA issues Q&As on the implementation of MAR

26 October 2016

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has issued today a set of Questions and Answers (Q&As) regarding the implementation of the Market Abuse Regulation (MAR).

ESMA is required to play an active role in building a common supervisory culture by promoting common supervisory approaches and practices. In this regard, the Authority develops Q&As as and when appropriate to elaborate on the provisions of certain EU legislation or ESMA guidelines. Today’s Q&As include detailed answers on:

  • Managers’ transactions; and
  • Investment recommendation and information recommending or suggesting an investment strategy

The purpose of this document is to promote common supervisory approaches and practices in the application of MAR and its implementing measures. It does this by providing responses to questions posed by the general public and competent authorities in relation to the practical application of the MAR framework.

The content of this document is aimed at competent authorities to ensure that in their supervisory activities and their actions are converging along the lines of the responses adopted by ESMA and at helping issuers, investors and other market participants by providing clarity on the content of the market abuse rules, rather than creating an extra layer of requirements.