Here, published on 11 February 2013.
Following its March 2o12 consultation on the proxy advisor industry, the European Securities and Markets Authority has today proposed the creation of a “Code of Conduct” for proxy advisors.
From the recommendation:
AIFMD: ESMA consults on guidelines on key concepts, and on draft regulatory technical standards on types of AIFMs
The European Securities and Markets Authority launched two AIFMD-related consultations on 19 December 2012:
Consultation on guidelines on key concepts of the AIFMD.
- Consultation on draft regulatory technical standards on types of AIFMs.
From the press release:
“The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has launched a consultation on Guidelines on key concepts of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD). The Directive provides the legal framework for both alternative investment funds (AIFs) and their managers (AIFMs).
ESMA’s draft guidelines are aimed at clarifying the rules applicable to hedge funds, private equity and real estate funds. These proposals help to clarify what entities fall under the remit of the AIFMD, thereby creating a level-playing-field by providing for consistent application of the provisions throughout the EU. In order to achieve this, the guidelines set out the criteria for what is considered to be:
• a collective investment undertaking;
• capital raising;
• defined investment policy; and
• the number of necessary investors.
The draft Guidelines will contribute to the creation of a level playing field in the area of AIFs.
Draft Technical Standards on Types of AIFMs
ESMA has also issued a consultation on Draft regulatory technical standards on types of AIFMs, which are aimed at ensuring the uniform application of the AIFMD across the EU. These standards distinguish between managers of AIFs whose investors have the right to redeem their shares at least annually (open-ended AIFs), and those whose investors have less frequent redemption rights.
Both papers follow an earlier discussion paper published by ESMA in February. For some of the issues covered in that paper, which are not addressed in the consultations published today, ESMA will take into account the Commission’s Level 2 implementing measures before deciding on the appropriate next steps.
The closing date for responses to these consultations is 1 February 2013. The Guidelines and Technical Standards will be finalised in the first half of 2013.”
The Commission adopted the Delegated Regulation supplementing the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive on 19 December 2012. The Delegated Regulation can be read here.
From the press release:
“The AIFMD is part of the Union’s response to the financial crisis, and aims to create a comprehensive and effective regulatory and supervisory environment for alternative investment fund managers in Europe. The Delegated Regulation is a precondition for the application of the AIFMD in EU countries and was adopted to supplement certain elements of the AIFMD. These rules concern the:
- conditions and procedure for the determination and authorisation of AIFMs, including the capital requirements applicable to AIFMs;
- operating conditions for AIFMs, including rules on remuneration, conflicts of interest, risk management, liquidity management, investment in securitisation positions, organisational requirements, rules on valuation;
- conditions for delegation;
- rules on depositaries, including the depositary’s tasks and liability;
- reporting requirements and leverage calculation;
- rules for cooperation arrangements.
The Delegated Regulation adopted today is subject to a three-month scrutiny period by the European Parliament and the Council and will enter into force, provided that neither co-legislator objects, at the end of this period and the day following publication in the Official Journal.”
UPDATE 11 January 2013: Here is Nabarro on the implications of the Delegated Regulation.
A well-designed graphic of the financial services regulatory landscape from the International Regulatory Strategy Group.
On 17 September 2012 ESMA issued a consultation paper on proposed remuneration guidelines for MiFID investment firms. ESMA press releases are here and here, and the consultation paper is here. From the press releases:
“The Guidelines aim to strengthen investor protection by seeking to improve the implementation of the MiFID rules on conflicts of interest, and thereby preventing mis-selling of products. The Guidelines will apply to investment firms, credit institutions, fund management companies when providing investment services, and to competent authorities. Firms must ensure that they have appropriate remuneration policies and practices in place, bearing in mind the obligation on firms to act honestly, fairly and professionally in the best interests of their clients.”
The consultation closes on 7 December 2012.
The new EU short selling regime will come into force on 1 November 2012, with the existing UK rules on short selling being abolished at the same time. We described the new EU regime in this post.
On 13 September 2012 ESMA, the EU securities and markets regulator, published a set of Q&As “to promote common supervisory approaches and practices amongst the EU’s national securities markets regulators on the requirements of the short selling regulation once it comes into force on 1 November 2012″. The Q&As can be read here and the accompanying ESMA press release is here.
The Q&As cover issues related to: