ESMA keynote address at Swedish Fund Association’s Annual Conference

On 13 May 2019, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published the keynote speech that Evert van Walsum (Head of Investors and Issuers Department, ESMA) gave at the Swedish Fund Association’s Annual Conference. In his speech Mr van Walsum covers sustainable finance, costs and fees borne by investors buying funds and investor protection more generally, with a focus on disclosure-related issues. In relation to sustainable finance Mr van Walsum notes that: EU co-legislators are agreed on two of the three European Commission legislative proposals. The agreed legislative proposals are: (i) disclosure requirements on how institutional investors integrate environmental, social and governance factors in their risk processes; and (ii) a new category of benchmarks intended to help investors compare the carbon footprint of their investments); the three European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) are now starting work on the mandated technical standards on disclosure;…

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