On June 14, 2010, the EU Commission published a consultation paper setting out certain options for potential legislation in respect of short selling and requesting responses to those proposals by July 10, 2010 (the “Short Selling Consultation”).
The Short Selling Consultation contemplates the following key restrictions on short selling:
The Short Selling Consultation also proposes that national regulators be empowered to temporarily prohibit or impose conditions on short selling of shares or bonds of European Companies or of the sovereign debt of EU member states in “emergency” circumstances.
We anticipate that a short selling regulation (with direct effect on all EU market participants) reflecting the proposals made in the Short Selling Consultation will come into force in Q1 or Q2 of 2011.
This article was originally published by Bingham McCutchen LLP.