On March 30, the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) opened a public consultation on draft guidelines under the Market Abuse Regulation (“MAR”).

ESMA is consulting on its proposed non-exhaustive indicative list of information expected or required to be published on commodity derivatives markets or spot markets for the purposes of determining inside information regarding commodity derivatives and of triggering the prohibitions for insider dealing.

Under MAR, inside information in relation to commodity derivatives must relate to either the commodity derivatives themselves or to the related spot commodity contract. However there is a wide variety of commodities markets and commodity derivatives markets which may require distinguishing between types of information specific to these markets. ESMA is giving further consideration to the scope of the instruments or products concerned.

ESMA will consider all comments received by May 20. Consultation Paper.