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ESMA Unveils One-Stop Company Portal for Information on EU Authorization

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets
On May 7, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) announced a new portal for investors seeking information on whether a financial services provider is authorized within the European Union. The portal includes registers of the following: Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) investment firms, including systematic internalizers; MiFID trading venues; MiFID data reporting service… Continue Reading

ESMA Releases Latest Double Volume Cap Data Under MiFID II

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets
On May 8, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) updated its public register with the latest set of double volume cap (DVC) data under the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II). The update follows last month’s update to the DVC public register (for further details, see the April 13 edition of Corporate… Continue Reading

ESMA Publishes First Liquidity Assessment for Bonds Subject to MiFID II Transparency Requirements

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets
On May 2, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its first liquidity assessment for bonds that are subject to the pre- and post-trade requirements of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation.… Continue Reading

ESMA Seeks EC Clarification on Ancillary Activity Test Under MiFID II

Posted in EU Developments
The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a letter to the European Commission (EC) dated April 9, requesting clarification with respect to the exemption available to non-financial entities (NFEs) from having to be authorized as an investment firm under the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II).… Continue Reading

ESMA Publishes Updated Double Volume Cap Public Register

Posted in EU Developments
On April 10, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published updated results of the double volume cap (DVC) mechanism on its website—for the period of March 1, 2017 to February 28, 2018, and for already published DVCs. The DVC mechanism is set out in the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR) and is designed… Continue Reading

ESMA Publishes Final Report: Technical Advice Under the Prospectus Regulation

Posted in EU Developments
On April 3, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a final report with its technical advice under the European Union Prospectus Regulation. The report covers the format and content requirements for a prospectus, the EU growth prospectus, and the scrutiny and approval process for a prospectus.… Continue Reading

ESMA Further Updates Its Q&As on the Benchmarks Regulation

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, EU Developments, Financial Markets, UK Developments
On March 22, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) updated its Q&As on the European Union (EU) Benchmarks Regulation (BMR). The Q&As aim to promote common supervisory approaches and practices in the day-to-day application of the BMR. The updated Q&As on the BMR add one new question and answer which considers the application of… Continue Reading

ESMA Updates MiFID II Q&As on Investor Protection

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets
On March 23, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) updated its Q&As relating to investor protection under the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR). The Q&As include updated existing questions and answers relating to inducements, information on costs and charges, and post-sale reporting. The… Continue Reading

ESMA Updates Q&As on Market Abuse Regulation

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets
On March 23, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) updated its Q&As on the Market Abuse Regulation (MAR). ESMA last updated the Q&As on December 14, 2017, as reported in the Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest edition of December 15, 2017. The updated Q&As now consider the disclosure of inside information related to the… Continue Reading

ESMA Publishes List of Trading Venues and CCPs Benefitting From a Transitional Exemption From the Access Provisions of MiFIR

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets
On March 26, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a list of the trading venues and central counterparties (CCPs) benefitting from a temporary exemption from the access provisions set out in Articles 35 and 36 of the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR). CCPs and trading venues had until January 3 to apply… Continue Reading

ESMA Clarifies Quoting Obligations Under MiFIR for Systematic Internalizers

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets
On March 26, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its final report on proposed amendments to the regulatory technical standards on transparency requirements for trading venues and investment firms in respect of shares, depositary receipts, exchange-traded funds, certificates and other similar financial instruments. The report included amendments regarding transaction execution obligations in respect… Continue Reading

ESMA Publishes Speech on Supervisory Convergence, Transaction Cost Transparency and Pan-European Regulators

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, EU Developments, Financial Markets
Steven Maijoor, Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) spoke on March 20, regarding ESMA’s work during the past year. In his speech, Mr. Maijoor commented on ESMA’s work in relation to: supervisory convergence to limit the scope for regulatory arbitrage in light of the United Kingdom’s upcoming withdrawal from the European Union… Continue Reading

FCA Confirms Amendment to the LEI Validation Rule Effective March 2018

Posted in UK Developments
On March 2, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) updated its webpage for firms subject to transaction reporting obligations under the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive. The European Securities and Markets Authority’s (ESMA) statement on December 20, 2017, regarding transition measures (for further information please see the January 5 edition of Corporate & Financial… Continue Reading

ESMA Publishes Trading Volumes and Calculations Regarding the Double Volume Cap Under MiFID II

Posted in EU Developments
On March 7, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published trading volumes and calculations regarding the double volume cap (DVC) under the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR).… Continue Reading

Warning to Consumers on Virtual Currency Risks Issued by EBA, EIOPA and ESMA

Posted in Digital Assets and Virtual Currencies, EU Developments
On February 12, the European Banking Authority (EBA), the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) and the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) (collectively the three European Supervisory Authorities (three ESAs)) published a joint warning to consumers relating to the high risks of buying and/or holding virtual currencies (such as Bitcoin, Ether and Ripple).… Continue Reading

ESMA Publishes Updated Version of Its Q&As on Short Selling Regulation

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets
On February 5, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) updated its set of Questions and Answers (Q&As) on the implementation of Regulation (EU) 236/2012 (the Short Selling Regulation). The aim of the Q&As is to promote common supervisory approaches and practices in the application of the Short Selling Regulation by regulators across the European… Continue Reading

FCA Transaction Reporting Instrument Reference Data Errors and Omissions Form Now Available

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets, UK Developments
On January 11, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) updated its webpage on instrument reference data to make available a new instrument reference data errors and omissions form for trading venues or systematic internalizers (SIs) to complete if their instrument reference data is incomplete or inaccurate.… Continue Reading

ESMA Consults on Guidelines on Anti-Procyclicality Margin Measures for CCPs

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets
On January 8, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a consultation paper on draft guidelines on anti-procyclicality margin measures for central counterparties (CCPs). The European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) recognizes that margin calls and haircuts on collateral by CCPs may have procyclical effects. EMIR therefore requires CCPs to regularly monitor and, if necessary,… Continue Reading

ESMA Delays Publication of Data on Double Volume Cap Mechanism Under MiFID II

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets
On January 9, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a press release announcing that it has decided to delay the publication of data on the double volume cap (DVC) mechanism as required under the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR).… Continue Reading

ESMA Publishes Consultation Papers on Draft Technical Standards Implementing the Securitisation Regulation

Posted in EU Developments
On December 19, 2017, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published three consultation papers on draft technical standards implementing the Securitisation Regulation (SR). The SR lays down common rules on securitization and creates a European framework for simple, transparent and standardized (STS) securitization.… Continue Reading

ESMA Publishes Final Report and Technical Advice on the Evaluation of Certain Elements of the Short Selling Regulation

Posted in EU Developments
On December 21, 2017, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a final report containing technical advice to the European Commission (EC) on the evaluation of certain elements of the Short Selling Regulation (SSR) that became effective on November 1, 2012.… Continue Reading