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A Short Story: The European Union’s New Rules on Short Selling - Ipreo

The European Union’s new rules on short selling came into effect on Nov 1st, 2012. The first ever pan-EU set of rules on short-selling, issued by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), not only bans naked short-selling of EU-listed shares but also imposes tough disclosure requirements harmonized across countries in the region, different from the several unenforceable directives issued in the past by ESMA’s predecessor CESR.  The new rules apply to all securities whose principal trading venue is in the EU. 

As an examination of investor holdings in the wake of the recent regulatory changes, Ipreo has surprisingly found that many institutional investors traditionally identified as “long-only” in fact possess some very large short positions.

About Ipreo

Ipreo is a global leader in providing market intelligence tools, real-time analysis, advisory services and technology solutions to investor relations professionals throughout the world. With dedicated teams in London, Paris, Frankfurt and Vienna, Ipreo services hundreds of corporate clients across Europe. Led by the industry innovators in the field of Global Shareholder ID, Ipreo’s suite of market intelligence offerings is unrivalled in its depth and scope of quantitative and qualitative analysis.

Published: 1 February, 2013


A Short Story: The European Union’s New Rules on Short Selling

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Nick Arbuthnott
Managing Director, Global Markets Intelligence
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