ESMA has Published a Further Version of its Q&As on the MAR


The European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA“) published a further version of its Q&As on the Market Abuse Regulation (“MAR“) on November 21, 2017.

The two new questions and answers are on the following topics:

  • ESMA states that the insider dealing prohibition in Article 14 of MAR applies during closed periods referred to in Article 19(11) of MAR in the same way as it does at any other time. Therefore a person discharging managerial responsibilities (“PDMR“) must also comply with Article 14. When an issuer allows a PDMR to trade under Article 19(12) of MAR, the PDMR must always give consideration as to whether or not the relevant transaction would constitute insider dealing.

ESMA states that the types of transaction by a PDMR prohibited during a closed period under Article 19(11) of MAR are the same as those types of transaction subject to the notification requirements set out under Article 19(1) of MAR, although Article 19(11) of MAR only applies to a PDMR when conducting transactions on its own account or for the account of a third party, whereas the notification of transactions required under Article 19(1) of MAR also applies to persons closely associated to a PDMR.