ESMA issued its final report on guidelines for the assessment of knowledge and competence under MiFID II on 17 December 2015. These guidelines come into force on 3 January 2017, and specify the criteria for the assessment of the necessary knowledge and competence requirements of investment firms’ staff.

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ESMA also issued its final report on guidelines on cross-selling practice under MiFID II on 22 December 2015. These guidelines come into force on 3 January 2017, and include principles on improving disclosures when products are cross sold, addressing conflicts of interest and improving understanding on whether purchasing individual products offered in package is possible.

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ESMA issued a consultation paper on guidelines on transaction reporting, reference data, order record keeping & clock synchronisation on 23 December 2015. The consultation is open for comment until 23 March 2016.

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