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Esma consults on repo for ETFs and Ucits
25 July 2012
The consultation paper proposes a regime for repos and reverse repos for ETFs and other Ucits issues
The European Securities and Markets Authority (Esma) has launched a consultation on repo and reverse repo arrangements in the context of the guidelines for index-tracking Ucits funds including exchange traded funds (ETFs).
The market regulator announced the consultation today as it published its final guidelines for ETFs and other Ucits issues which include rules for securities lending arrangements.
In the consultation, Esma proposes a distinct regime for repos and reverse repos which would “allow a proportion of the Ucits to be non-recallable at any time at the initative of the Ucits”. This regime is different from that proposed for securities lending arrangements under the final guidelines, where Ucits will have to recall at any time any securities lent.
The guidelines on repos and reverse repos will eventually be integrated into the guidelines for index-tracking Ucits funds including ETFs. The consultation is open for two months until September 25.