ESMA Updates Q&As on Benchmark Regulation


On February 5, the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) published an updated version of its Q&As on the implementation of the Regulation on indices used in financial instruments and financial contracts or to measure the performance of investment funds (Regulation (EU) 2016/1011) (Benchmarks Regulation or BMR). The Q&As were first published in July 2017 and were last updated in December 2017.

The two new Q&As relate to commodity benchmarks (how the threshold in the exemption under Article 2(2)(g) of the BMR should be calculated – Q&A 4.4) and the definition of a benchmark and investment funds (what types of investment funds are considered to be using an index for the purpose of “tracking the return of [an] index” – Q&A 5.3).