FAQ-MAR

FAQ - MAR (Market Abuse Regulation)

New Market Abuse Regulation

On 3 July 2016, the new Market Abuse rules, including Regulation 596/2014 on market abuse (“MAR”) and Directive 2014/57/EU on criminal sanctions for market abuse, entered into force. MAR is a regulation and is, as such, directly applicable in every EU Member State.

This new set of rules is repealing Directive 2003/6/EC with respect to the Market Abuse related obligations when issuing securities on European Regulated Market which had been translated in Luxembourg by the law of 9 May 2006.

l. General Questions and Answers

  • 2. What are the specific impacts of MAR for Issuers of securities listed on the Euro MTF?

    There is no impact on Issuers of securities listed on the Euro MTF, as long as they also have securities listed on the “Bourse de Luxembourg” Regulated Market.

    In general, LuxSE believes MAR requirements to be more directed toward equity instruments, which are more actively traded and expects, therefore, only minor impacts on Issuers of debt securities listed only on the Euro MTF.

ll. Requirements to Disclose Inside Information

  • 1. What are the requirements for Issuers listing on LuxSE markets with respect to ad hoc disclosure?

    Under MAR, Issuers of listed securities on LuxSE markets have, inter alia, an obligation to ensure the disclosure of inside information.

    In the event that disclosure of inside information could have a negative impact on the Issuer and could ‘prejudice the legitimate interests of the Issuer’, it is permitted under conditions to delay the public disclosure (1). Such a delay is subject to a written notification to the national regulator (CSSF).

    (1) MAR §49 p.10 and MAR Article 17 (4)

  • 2. How should inside information be ‘publicly disclosed’?

    Inside information shall be made public in a manner which enables fast access and complete, correct, timely assessment of the information by the public and, where applicable, in the officially appointed mechanism (OAM) (2).

    In addition, the information must be made available on the Issuer’s website for a period of 5 years (2).

    For Issuers listing on “Bourse de Luxembourg” Regulated Market, LuxSE provides the storage of this data through its OAM service and can assist with its FNS services for dissemination.

    For Issuers listing on the Euro MTF, LuxSE FNS services may also be used.

    (2) MAR Article 17 (1)

  • 3. Specific impacts and recommendations for Issuers with securities listed on the Euro MTF

    a) Prior to the introduction of MAR, listing requirements for the Euro MTF already included rules for Issuers to disclose inside information as soon as it became available (previous Articles 1001 and 1004 of LuxSE Rules & Regulations). These rules have now been removed from Euro MTF listing requirements, as this is now a legal obligation imposed by MAR. There is therefore no real impact for Issuers listing on the Euro MTF regarding disclosure of inside information as they have always been required to do so.

    b) LuxSE recommends that inside information be publicly disseminated in the context of good corporate governance practices.

lll. Maintenance and Disclosure of Insider List

  • 2. Specific impacts and recommendations for Issuers with securities listed on the Euro MTF

    a) For Issuers listing on the Euro MTF, but also on “Bourse de Luxembourg” Regulated Market, LuxSE believes there is no impact. It is indeed expected that the insider list shall be the same whatever market is elected by the Issuer for listing its financial instruments.

    b) This requirement is more relevant to equity instruments, which are more actively traded and thus, requests for insider lists related to debt securities listed on the Euro MTF are unlikely to be numerous.

    c) Finally LuxSE estimates tha the financial impact is limited to the cost of administering the Insider list.

lV. Reporting and public disclosure of managers’ transactions

  • 2. When and how must the managers' transactions be publicly disclosed?

    Managers' transactions must be publicly disclosed no later than 3 business days (6) after the transaction execution.

    Issuers shall use a reliable media to disseminate managers’ transactions to the public and, where applicable, shall use the officially appointed mechanism (OAM) (7).

    For Issuers listing on “Bourse de Luxembourg” Regulated Market, LuxSE provides the storage of this data through its OAM service and can assist with its FNS services for dissemination.

    For Issuers listing on the Euro MTF, LuxSE FNS services may be used.

    (6) MAR Art 19 (3) §1

    (7) MAR Art 19 (3) §2

  • 3. Specific impacts and recommendations for Issuers with securities listed on the Euro MTF

    a) LuxSE expects that the requirement to disclose managers’ transactions will only have a very small impact on Issuers with debt securities listed on the Euro MTF. Managers tend to hold equity rather than bonds issued by their employer. In the event that managers do hold bonds from their own company, they tend to hold them until maturity. In our experience, PDMR bond transactions are extremely rare.

    b) LuxSE estimates that the financial impact is limited to the cost of administering the list of PDMR and persons closely associated with them and informing in writing their PDMR of their obligations under MAR with respect to transactions on the Issuer’s financial instruments if and when existing.