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    07/23/2018
    The European Securities and Markets Authority has fined five EU banks for issuing credit ratings without being authorized to do so by ESMA. The Credit Rating Agencies Regulation requires firms to register with ESMA as a Credit Rating Agency before issuing credit ratings to ensure that such ratings are independent, objective and of adequate quality.

    ESMA found that the banks had each issued credit research to their clients that included shadow ratings and opinions. ESMA deemed that these aspects of the reports amounted to a credit rating as defined in the CRA Regulation. None of the five banks have been authorized by ESMA under the CRA Regulation, nor have any of them applied for such authorization.

    The banks have a right of appeal to the Board of Appeal of the European Supervisory Authorities.

    View ESMA's press release and decision notices.

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