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ESMA Recommends Permanently Lowering the Reporting Threshold for Net Short Positions to 0.1 Percent

On May 20, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) proposed to the European Commission (Commission) a permanent reduction to the threshold to notify net short positions on shares to EU national competent authorities (NCAs) from 0.2 percent to 0.1 percent.

ESMA states that it examined the evidence obtained following its successive emergency decisions, which began in March 2020, to temporarily lower the notification threshold to 0.1 percent.

ESMA’s analysis showed that a substantial amount of additional and essential information became available to NCAs through the reporting of net short positions at a threshold of 0.1 percent. This additional transparency of the actual level of net short positions established in the market provides an improved ability by NCAs to conduct market oversight. ESMA therefore considers it necessary to permanently lower the reporting threshold to 0.1 percent.

The Commission may adopt a delegated act amending the notification threshold in Article 5(2) of the Short Selling Regulation.

ESMA Press Release

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Carolyn H. Jackson, International Attorney, Katten Muchin law firm
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Carolyn Jackson is a partner in Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP and is a Registered Foreign Lawyer. She provides US financial regulatory legal advice to a broad range of market participants, including commercial banks, investment banks, investment managers, broker-dealers, electronic trading platforms, clearinghouses, trade associations and over-the-counter derivatives service providers.

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Nathaniel Lalone, a partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP, has a broad range of experience in the regulation of financial products and financial markets, and frequently provides regulatory and compliance advice to trading venues, clearing houses and buy-side firms active in the over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives, futures and securities markets. He is actively involved in advising clients on the implementation of MiFID 2 and MiFIR in the European Union as well as the international reach of US financial services regulation. He also has significant experience with structuring...

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