On January 29, 2016, the European Securities and Markets Authority published its Opinion on draft Implementing Technical Standards on Main Indices and Recognized Exchanges under the Capital Requirements Regulation. The Opinion sets out proposed updates to the draft ITS further to requirements under the CRR to define main indices and recognized exchanges. The definitions are required because the terms have been used in the specification of eligible collateral which is used for the calculation of credit risk by banks and investment firms subject to the CRR. ESMA provided the final draft ITS to the Commission in January 2015 for endorsement. The Commission notified ESMA that it intended to endorse the ITS with amendments by adding the Hang Seng Composite Index and the Russell 3000 Index. In ESMA’s Opinion, the Hang Seng Composite Index and the Russell 3000 Index should not be added to the list of main equity indices. Instead, ESMA suggests adding the Russell 1000 Index, the Shanghai Shenzhen CSI 300, the S&P BSE 100 Index and the FTSE Nasdaq Dubai UAE 20 Index to that the list. ESMA also undertook a full review of the ITS and suggests replacing the Nikkei 225 with the Nikkei 300 and the NZSE 10 with the S&P NZX 15 Index. ESMA recommends that the European Commission consider amending the current procedure used to update the list of indices and exchanges to a less burdensome and more speedy process, as the long timeframes required to update a legislative instrument such as an ITS are not appropriate for the frequency with which indices or exchanges are created or merged.

The Opinion is available at: https://www.esma.europa.eu/press-news/esma-news/esma-updates-crr-standard-main-indices-andrecognised-exchanges.