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Wednesday 14 March 2012

IMA EXPRESSES CONCERNS ABOUT ESMA ADVICE ON SHORT SELLING

In its response to the European Securities and Markets Authority's (ESMA) draft technical advice on the regulation of short selling*, IMA Director of Wholesale Guy Sears, said:

“Our member firms strongly support having a consistent definition and approach to short selling across the EU.
 
“However ESMA’s advice to the EU Commission appears to contradict the original regulation on hedging across national boundaries by proposing limits. This would be against investors’ interest and could run the risk of increasing the cost of investment in EU economies.
 
“We are also concerned that the consultation process has had to be very rushed; no-one wants this important work to result in sub-standard legislation.”


-ENDS-
 

*Consultation paper: Draft technical advice on possible Delegated Acts concerning the regulation on short selling and certain aspects of credit default swaps


For further information please contact:
Navdeep Sidhu, Press Officer - 020 7831 0898 or 07843 517618
Mona Patel, Head of Communications - 020 7831 0898 or 07834 089332
Email: press@investmentuk.org

Notes for Editors
To read IMA’s response to ESMA’s guidance click here.

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