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FCA statement – Supervisory flexibility on the short selling indicator

On 13 January 2022, the FCA issued a new web page stating that it is putting in place temporary measures for the reporting of the short selling indicator in transaction reports while it considers changes to the UK transaction reporting regime. Transaction reports submitted to the FCA under UK MiFIR must contain a designation to … Continue Reading

FCA Primary Market Bulletin 37

On 9 December 2021, the FCA published Primary Market Bulletin 37. In this edition the FCA: Covers the implementation of postponed rules that require issuers to publish their annual financial reports in a structured format. Explains the importance of adequate business continuity procedures for Primary Information Providers (PIPs) and suggest issuers may want to consider … Continue Reading

Primary Market Effectiveness Review: Feedback and final changes to the Listing Rules (PS21/22)

On 2 December 2021, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published Policy Statement 21/22 ‘Primary Market Effectiveness Review: Feedback and final changes to the Listing Rules’ (PS21/22). In PS21/22 the FCA provides feedback to the comments received on Consultation Paper 21/21 ‘Primary Markets Effectiveness Review’ (CP21/21) and sets out final rules. In CP21/21 the FCA sought … Continue Reading

Primary Market Bulletin 36

On 15 November 2021, the FCA issued a special edition of its Primary Market Bulletin. The Bulletin focusses on the introduction of specific Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) aligned climate-related disclosure requirements for listed companies and sets out the FCA’s disclosure expectations and supervisory strategy. This includes an important consultation on the addition … Continue Reading

FCA consults on proposals to boost disclosure of diversity on listed company boards and executive committees

On 28 July 2021, the FCA published Consultation Paper 21/24: Diversity and inclusion on company boards and executive committees (CP21/24). The key proposals in CP21/24 include: The FCA wants to change the Listing Rules to require, as an ongoing listing obligation, issuers that are in scope (see below) to disclose publicly in their annual financial … Continue Reading

FCA CP21/21: Primary Markets Effectiveness Review

On 5 July 2021, the FCA published Consultation Paper 21/21: Primary Markets Effectiveness Review (CP21/21). In CP21/21 the FCA discusses the functioning of the listing regime so that it can better understand the purpose and value to both issuers and investors of listing. This will provide input to how the FCA can improve the listing … Continue Reading

ESMA proposes lowering the reporting threshold for net short positions to 0.1% on a permanent basis

On 20 May 2021, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) made a recommendation to the European Commission to permanently lower the threshold to notify net short positions on shares to Member State national competent authorities from 0.2% to 0.1%. The Commission may adopt a delegated act modifying the notification threshold in Article 5(2) of … Continue Reading

ESMA updates its Q&As relating to the Prospectus Regulation

On 5 May 2021, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) updated its Q&As on the Prospectus Regulation. ESMA has added three new Q&As that provide clarification on: The application of Article 4(1) of the CRA Regulation to credit rating disclosure in prospectuses. How to determine the home Member State in the context of global … Continue Reading

ESMA updates its Q&As relating to the Prospectus Regulation

On 31 March 2021, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) updated its Q&As on the Prospectus Regulation. ESMA has added four new Q&As that seek to clarify: The application of the exemption in Article 1(5)(b) of the Prospectus Regulation in a situation concerning non-transferable securities. The application of the Prospectus Regulation where shares can … Continue Reading

Primary Market Bulletin 33

On 29 March 2021, the FCA published issue 33 of Primary Market Bulletin. In this issue the FCA covers: Brexit-related changes for EEA audit firms. Information on Short Selling Regulation notification compliance. Recent enforcement action. The new online portal for submitting major shareholdings notifications which went live on 22 March 2021. The FCA also covers … Continue Reading

ESMA guidelines on disclosure requirements under the Prospectus Regulation

On 4 March 2021, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published guidelines that are based on Article 20(12) of the Prospectus Regulation and Article 16(1) of the ESMA Regulation. The guidelines apply to Member State competent authorities and market participants and are intended to establish consistent, efficient and effective supervisory practices among Member State … Continue Reading

IOSCO work programme 2021/22

On 26 February 2021, the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) published its work programme for 2021/2022. Ashley Alder, Chair of the IOSCO Board, said: “In 2020, our agenda was dominated by the response to COVID-19 induced market stresses. IOSCO has actively taken steps to address potential financial stability risks including a particular focus on … Continue Reading

ESMA – languages accepted for scrutiny of the Prospectus and translation requirements for summaries

On 29 January 2021, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a table designed to facilitate the passporting of prospectuses and provide transparency for market participants regarding the use of languages by different competent authorities: Languages accepted for scrutiny of the prospectus. This shows the languages that each national competent authority accepts when acting … Continue Reading

Delegated Regulation supplementing the Prospectus Regulation as regards the minimum information content of the document to be published for a prospectus exemption in connection with a takeover by means of an exchange offer, a merger or a division

On 16 December 2020, the European Commission adopted a Delegated Regulation supplementing the Prospectus Regulation as regards the minimum information content of the document to be published for a prospectus exemption in connection with a takeover by means of an exchange offer, a merger or a division together with annexes. The Delegated Regulation is based … Continue Reading

ESMA renews its decision requiring net short position holders report positions of 0.1% and above

On 17 September 2020, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) announced that it was renewing its decision to temporarily require the holders of net short positions in shares traded on an EU regulated market to notify the relevant national competent authority if the position reaches or exceeds 0.1% of the issued share capital. The … Continue Reading

Commission Regulations amending the Prospectus RTS Regulation and Delegated Regulation

On 14 September 2020, there was published in the Official Journal of the EU: Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/1272 of 4 June 2020 amending and correcting Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/979 supplementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to regulatory technical standards on key financial information in the summary … Continue Reading

ESMA decision renewing temporary decision to lower reporting threshold for holders of net short positions

On 30 July 2020, there was published in the Official Journal of the EU, the decision from the European Securities and Markets Authority renewing the temporary requirement to natural or legal persons who have net short positions to temporarily lower the notification thresholds of net short positions in relation to the issued share capital of … Continue Reading

ESMA renews its decision requiring net short position holders to report positions of 0.1% and above

On 11 June 2020, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued a public statement confirming that it had renewed its decision to temporarily require the holders of net short positions in shares traded on an EU regulated market to notify the relevant Member State national competent authority (NCA) if the position exceeds 0.1% of … Continue Reading

Approach taken by the Financial Conduct Authority (the FCA)

As market volatility has increased in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak, several competent authorities have imposed bans on short sales in certain shares.   Approach taken by the Financial Conduct Authority (the FCA) To date, the FCA has introduced only temporary prohibitions on short selling in certain listed instruments, on the 13 and 17 … Continue Reading

FCA updates statement on short selling bans and reporting

On 31 March 2020, the FCA updated its statement on short selling bans and reporting as follows: “On 16 March 2020, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued a decision to temporarily amend the threshold for notifying net short positions to Competent Authorities under the SSR [Short Selling Regulation] from 0.2% of issued share … Continue Reading

ESMA confirms application date of equity transparency calculations

On 27 March 2020, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) announced that it had decided to keep the date of application of the transparency calculations for equity instruments of 1 April 2020 unchanged. ESMA has recently been asked by some stakeholders to postpone the date of application – required by MiFID II / MiFIR … Continue Reading

Short selling update

As market volatility has increased in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak, several competent authorities have imposed bans on short sales in certain shares. Approach taken by the FCA To date, the FCA has introduced only temporary prohibitions on short selling in certain listed instruments, on the 13 and 17 March 2020, as set out … Continue Reading
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