The appropriate construction, and conditions for the usage, of a Consolidated Tape
Building a Capital Markets Union (CMU) serving the needs of European citizens and businesses is as ambitious as it is essential: the effort will enable pensioners and savers to share in the upside of Europe’s economic recovery. In the process, European capital markets also become more efficient and better integrated. This long-term vision is key to financing European innovation and to supporting the transition towards a more sustainable economy.
Increasing retail investors’ participation in capital markets is an essential component for building an effective CMU. EFAMA relentlessly advocates for effective disclosure rules and consumer empowerment.
EFAMA's Investment Management Forum has come to an end. This 27th edition demonstrated once again the value and importance of providing policymakers and investment managers with a platform to exchange views and debate how best to enable the investment management industry tackle some key societal challenges.
We thank your sponsors and look forward to welcoming you again next year. Save the date: 18-19 November 2022!
With European government no longer able to provide financial security to support citizens in later years, saving for retirement is key. Individuals need to save enough for retirement to ensure adequate income in old age.
EFAMA helps by raising awareness of the importance of saving for retirement and encouraging European authorities to further modernise relevant EU legislation. This includes strengthening competition in the occupational and personal pension markets, and fostering cross-border activities of pension providers and asset managers. Such legislation should seek to create economies of scale, to benefit savers.
Asset managers unleash the vast potential of sustainable finance by channelling capital into ESG investments and engaging with investee companies to improve their sustainability profile and foster long-term prosperity.
To strengthen the asset managers' role in financing the green transition, EFAMA contributes to the development and implementation of the EU Sustainable Finance agenda. This includes initiatives to fight greenwashing, increase transparency, improve the flow of ESG data and integrate sustainability in corporate governance.
To remain competitive and at the forefront of innovation, Europe must be open to cross-border flows of knowledge, ideas, capital and investment. The benefit in doing so ultimately accrues to European citizens and businesses.
While Europe rightly strives for high regulatory standards, rules need to be well calibrated, so Europe can partake in global competition on a level playing field. EFAMA's policy work consistently advocates for a dynamic regulatory environment, which enables European financial markets to remain globally competitive.
On the occasion of its annual meeting held on Friday 11 June, EFAMA’s General Meeting (GM) elected Naïm Abou-Jaoudé, CEO of CANDRIAM, as President for a two-year term, running until June
It gives me great pleasure to provide you with an overview of our activities since our Ordinary General Meeting of last year.
EFAMA has published its response to a consultation on the draft delegated act under Article 8 of the Taxonomy.
EFAMA has today published its Investment Fund Industry Fact Sheet for the first quarter of 2021, including information on owners of investment funds in Europe and their net purchases of funds during the fourth quarter of 2020.
EFAMA’s 2021 Fact Book, “Trends in European Investment Funds”, will be published at the end of June.
As in previous years, this year’s Fact Book provides an extensive analysis of key developments in the investment fund industry, inside and outside Europe.
EFAMA has published its response to the European Commission’s targeted consultation on the supervisory convergence and the Single Rule Book, focusing on three areas for improvement.
EFAMA is grateful for the opportunity to comment on the new OECD Public Discussion Draft on BEPS Action 6 and the treaty entitlement of non-CIV funds Discussion Draft on non-CIV examples. In addition EFAMA would like to make positive use of this opportunity and comment as well on the general situation of CIVs as well as of Non-CIVs against the background of the BEPS Action 6 implementation.
EFAMA welcomes the opportunity to respond to the EBA on its proposal for a new prudential regime for investment firms. As the EBA is aware, the activity of portfolio management on behalf of thirdparty clients broadly falls under three separate EU legal regimes:
i. Individual discretionary portfolio management performed by investment firms on a client-byclient basis, authorised under and complying with the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, as per Annex I Section A, point 4 (as recently amended by MiFID II);
EFAMA welcomes ESMA’s Consultation Paper on product governance requirements and specifically on the target market assessment and supports that the details of these requirements are laid out in the form of guidelines rather than Q&A. We agree with ESMA that drafting target market guidelines is an important aspect “for ensuring the common, uniform and consistent application” of the MIFID II product governance requirements, in particular since these rules have the potential to significantly alter the European distribution landscape.
EFAMA is closely monitoring the recent regulatory developments in the field of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing, in particular the due diligence duties of the asset management sector. EFAMA is embracing the objective of enhancing transparency and accessibility to the beneficial ownership information and also fully acknowledges the importance of obtaining accurate identification and verification data of natural and legal persons for fighting money laundering and terrorist financing.
EFAMA is the representative association for the European investment management industry. EFAMA represents through its 28 member associations and 62 corporate members EUR 21 trillion in assets under management of which EUR 12.6 trillion managed by 56,000 investment funds at end 2015. Just over 30,000 of these funds were UCITS (Undertakings for Collective Investments in Transferable Securities) funds, with the remaining 25,900 funds composed of AIFs (Alternative Investment Funds). Our industry provides significant and stable flows of finance to the European economy.
EFAMA supports every efforts made to enhance financial markets regulation which reinforces the stability and the transparency of the financial system.
In that perspective, EFAMA welcomes the opportunity to comment on the ESMA Consultation Paper on RTS specifying the scope of the consolidated tape for non-equity financial instruments. We consider that a consolidate tape (“CT”) is a key positive factor for price formation and transparency.
Prior to replying to the consultation, we wish to make the following general remarks
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EFAMA organised a webinar on investor education in October 2021 introducing our '5 tips to do more with your savings'.