EU Benchmarks Regulation

ESMA publishes final rules to ensure integrity of EU financial benchmarks

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published its final report containing the draft regulatory and implementing technical standards (RTS/ITS) under the Benchmarks Regulation (BMR). These contain the detailed rules to implement the new European regulatory framework aimed at ensuring the accuracy and integrity of benchmarks across the European Union. The draft RTS/ITS set …

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ESMA finalises advice on future rules for financial benchmarks

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has finalised its technical advice to the European Commission on important aspects of future rules for benchmarks. In particular, ESMA provides advice on: how benchmarks’ reference values can be calculated by using data reporting structures under existing EU rules such as MiFID II and EMIR; some of the …

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ESMA to focus on supervisory convergence issues in 2017

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published its 2017 Work Programme which sets out its priorities and areas of focus for 2017 in support of its mission to enhance investor protection and promote stable and orderly financial markets. The programme reflects the shift in focus of ESMA’s work, from building the single rulebook, …

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ESMA consults on future rules for financial benchmarks

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today published a consultation paper regarding its draft regulatory and implementing technical standards (RTS/ITS) which will implement the Benchmarks Regulation (BR). ESMA is asking stakeholders to comment on its proposed RTS/ITS applicable to benchmark contributors, administrators and national competent authorities. The new European regulatory framework for benchmarks …

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EBA publishes decision on data for supervisory benchmarking

The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today its Decision on data for supervisory benchmarking. This Decision comes after the publication of the amended technical standards on benchmarking of internal approaches and requires Competent Authorities to submit data for the 2016 benchmarking exercise, focusing on High Default Portfolios and with reference to end-2015 data. A list …

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ESMA consults on implementing measures for Benchmarks Regulation

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today published a Consultation Paper (CP) on draft implementing measures regarding the Benchmarks Regulation (BR). ESMA is seeking stakeholder’s input on draft Technical Advice (TA) it is supposed to develop in order to detail the implementation of the incoming BR which was introduced following the rigging of …

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EBA and Commission agree on amended technical standards on benchmarking of internal approaches

The European Banking Authority (EBA) issued today an Opinion to the European Commission expressing agreement with its proposed amendments to the EBA Implementing Technical Standards (ITS) on benchmarking of internal approaches. These amendments, which were agreed with the EBA building on the experience of the 2014-15 benchmarking exercise, aim at ensuring a better quality of …

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ESMA publishes responses to Benchmarks Regulation consultation

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published the responses received to the Discussion Paper Benchmarks Regulation. ESMA had issued the consultation paper since it was requested by the Commission to provide technical on possible delegated acts to the regulation. The technical advice should be delivered within four months after the entry into force …

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ESMA consults on implementation of the Benchmarks Regulation

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today published a Discussion Paper (DP) regarding the technical implementation of the incoming Benchmarks Regulation (BR). ESMA is seeking stakeholder’s input to inform its future proposals on draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) and Technical Advice (TA) to the European Commission. Comments to the Discussion Paper are due …

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FCA publishes PS16/4 on access to regulated benchmarks

The FCA has today published a policy statement (PS16/4) on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory access to regulated benchmarks. The document reports on the main issues arising from Consultation Paper 15/18 and publish the final rules. In this consultation paper the FCA had set out proposals for fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory access to regulated benchmarks. This Policy Statement summarises …

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