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ESMA sees significant increase in EU market abuse sanctions to €88 million in 2019

On 21 December 2020, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its annual report on administrative and criminal sanctions, as well as other administrative measures, issued under the Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) in 2019. The report shows that Member State national competent authorities (NCAs) and other authorities imposed a total of €88 million in … Continue Reading

ACER latest Q&As on REMIT

On 17 December 2020, the EU Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators published the 24th edition of its Q&As on the Regulation of wholesale energy market integrity and transparency (REMIT). The following new entries have been inserted in the Q&As: Page 72, III.3.46: Could you please clarify when considering REMIT obligations if we should … Continue Reading

ESMA submits two draft technical standards under the Market Abuse Regulation to the European Commission

On 29 October 2020, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a final report on amendments to the Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) for the promotion of the use of SME growth markets. Regulation (EU) 2019/21158 on the promotion of the use of SME growth markets (SME GM Regulation) amended Articles 13 of MAR (by … Continue Reading

Commission Implementing Regulation on ITS on forms and procedures for co-operation under MAR published in OJ

On 7 October 2020, there was published in the Official Journal of the EU, Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1406 of 2 October 2020 laying down implementing technical standards with regard to procedures and forms for exchange of information and cooperation between competent authorities, ESMA, the Commission and other entities under Articles 24(2) and 25 of … Continue Reading

Commission adopts ITS on forms and procedures for co-operation under MAR

On 5 October 2020, the European Commission adopted an Implementing Regulation laying down implementing technical standards with regard to procedures and forms for the exchange of information and cooperation between competent authorities, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), the Commission and other entities under Articles 24(2) and 25 of the Market Abuse Regulation (MAR). … Continue Reading

ESMA publishes outcomes of MAR review

Introduction On 24 September 2020, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a review report of the Market Abuse Regulation (MAR). The report is the first in-depth review of the functioning of MAR since its implementation in 2016, and its recommendations will feed into the European Commission’s review of MAR. Background The report covers … Continue Reading

ACER updates REMIT guidance documentation

On 30 June 2020, the Agency for the Co-operation of Energy Regulators (ACER) updated the following documents concerning the Regulation on wholesale energy market integrity and transparency (REMIT): Q&As on REMIT (23rd edition). The new Q&As cover inside information, REMIT definitions, obligations and prohibitions for market participants. In particular, it deals with the question of … Continue Reading

European Commission report on the implementation of the CSMD

On 13 March 2020, the European Commission published a report regarding the implementation of the Directive on Criminal Sanctions for Market Abuse (CSMAD). The CSMAD establishes minimum rules for criminal sanctions for insider dealing, for unlawful disclosure of inside information and for market manipulation. It ensures the effective implementation of the Market Abuse Regulation by … Continue Reading

ESMA issues 2019 report on accepted market practices under MAR

On 13 December 2019, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its second annual report on the application of accepted market practices (AMPs) in accordance with the Market Abuse Regulation (MAR). ESMA’s report provides an overview on the establishment and application of AMPs in the EU after MAR became applicable, including the AMPs established … Continue Reading

ESMA issues second annual report on penalties and measures issued under MAR

On 12 December 2019, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its second annual report on administrative and criminal sanctions and other administrative measures imposed by Member State competent authorities (NCAs) under the Market Abuse Regulation (MAR). The report covers the period from January to December 2018 and contains aggregated information on administrative and … Continue Reading

FMLC letter to ESMA consultation on MAR review

On 29 November 2019, the Financial Markets Law Committee (FMLC) published a letter responding to the European Securities and Markets Authority’s (ESMA) consultation paper on the review of the Market Abuse Regulation (MAR). In the letter, the FMLC raises concerns that the possibility to later amend the definition of inside information is likely to be … Continue Reading

ESMA final report on draft RTS on co-operation arrangements under MAR

On 8 October 2019, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued its final report on a set of draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) on co-operation arrangements under the Market Abuse Regulation (MAR). Article 26 of MAR mandates ESMA to develop draft RTS containing a template document for cooperation arrangements that are to be used … Continue Reading

ESMA consults on MAR review – focus on spot FX contracts, inside information and benchmarks

Introduction On 3 October 2019, the European and Securities Markets Authority (ESMA) published a consultation paper on the Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) review report. Article 38 of MAR requires the European Commission (Commission) to present a report to the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union to assess various provisions of MAR. In … Continue Reading

ESMA consults on MAR review

On 3 October 2019, the European and Securities Markets Authority (ESMA) published a consultation paper on the provisions of the Market Abuse Regulation (MAR). Article 38 of MAR requires the European Commission (Commission) to present a report to the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union to assess various provisions of MAR. In … Continue Reading

ESMA updates MiFID II Q&As on investor protection and intermediaries’ topics

On 29 May 2019, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published an updated version of its Q&As on MiFID II and MiFIR investor protection and intermediaries’ topics. The updated Q&As insert: (i) five new questions on best execution; and (ii) four new questions on information on costs and charges.  … Continue Reading

Commission request to ESMA on clarifying Article 38 of MAR

On 15 May 2019, the European Commission (Commission) published a letter (dated 20 March 2019) that it sent to the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) regarding technical advice on the report to be submitted by the Commission under Article 38  of the Market Abuse Regulation (MAR). Under Article 38 of MAR, the Commission is … Continue Reading

ESMA annual report on administrative and criminal sanctions and other administrative measures under MAR

On 15 November 2018, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its latest annual report regarding aggregated information on all administrative sanctions and other administrative measures imposed by national competent authorities and criminal sanctions imposed in a given year.… Continue Reading

ESMA updates MAR Q&As

On 12 November 2018, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published an updated version of its Q&As on the Market Abuse Regulation (MAR). The updated Q&As inserts one new question on the application of the prohibition contained in Article 19(11) MAR to issuers. Specifically, the new question asks whether the prohibition encompasses transactions of … Continue Reading

CoRDiS imposes penalty for market manipulations on the wholesale energy market

On 5 October 2018, the Dispute Settlement and Sanctions Committee (CoRDiS) of French Regulatory Commission (CRE) fined VITOL S.A. €5 million for engaging in market manipulation on the French Southern virtual Gas Trading Point (PEG Sud) between 1 June 2013 and 31 March 2014. The EU Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) has … Continue Reading

ESMA updates MAR Q&As

On 1 October 2018, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) updated their Q&As on the Market Abuse Regulation (MAR). Three new Q&As have been added relating to the delayed disclosure of inside information under Article 17(5) of the MAR, which can be found on pages 13 – 15 of the Q&As.… Continue Reading

Implementing Regulation on ITS on co-operation under MAR published in OJ

There has been published in the Official Journal of the EU (OJ), Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/292 of 26 February 2018 laying down implementing technical standards with regard to procedures and forms for exchange of information and assistance between competent authorities according to Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council … Continue Reading

ESMA final draft ITS on supervisory cooperation for market abuse investigations

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published its final draft Implementing Technical Standards (ITS) regarding the application of the Market Abuse Regulation. The final draft ITS cover the procedures and forms for exchange of information and assistance between Member State competent authorities (NCAs) and ESMA as well as with other EU authorities, entities … Continue Reading

ESMA updates Q&As on MAR

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published an updated version of its Q&A on Market Abuse Regulation (MAR). ESMA has added answers on the following questions: How should permission to trade in a closed period, which may be granted in certain circumstances to persons discharging managerial responsibilities (PDMR) in accordance with Article 19(12) … Continue Reading

ESMA updates Q&A on MAR

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has updated its Q&As on the Market Abuse Regulation (MAR). The updated Q&As include a new detailed answer on the obligations of the issuers in the particular case of delayed inside information that then loses its price sensitivity feature during the delay period. View ESMA updates Q&A on … Continue Reading
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