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NOTICE OF MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
CONCERNING MONITORING OF THE ONGOING COMPLIANCE
WITH RECOGNITION CONDITIONS BY CCPs ESTABLISHED IN CANADA



January 4, 2016

The Ontario Securities Commission, together with the Autorité des marchés financiers and the Manitoba Securities Commission, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (the "Supervisory MOU") with the European Securities and Markets Authority ("ESMA"). The Supervisory MOU establishes cooperation and information sharing arrangements between the signatory authorities regarding the monitoring of the ongoing compliance with recognition conditions by Central Counterparties ("CCPs") established and recognized or designated as a clearing house or clearing agency in Manitoba, Ontario or Québec which have applied for recognition under the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation ("EMIR") to provide clearing services to clearing members or trading venues established in the European Union. EMIR provides that cooperation arrangements must be established between ESMA and non-EU authorities whose legal and supervisory framework for CCPs have been deemed equivalent to EMIR by the European Commission as a precondition for ESMA to recognise CCPs established under those non-EU authorities to provide services to clearing members or trading venues established in Europe.

The Supervisory MOU is subject to the approval of the Minister of Finance. The Supervisory MOU was delivered to the Minister of Finance on January 4, 2016.

Questions may be referred to:

Cindy Wan
Senior Advisor
Office of Domestic and International Affairs
Tel: 416-263-7667
E-mail: cwan@osc.gov.on.ca

Memorandum of Understanding

ESMA

European Securities and Markets Authority ("ESMA")

and

AMF

Autorité des marchés financiers ("AMF")

MSC

Manitoba Securities Commission ("MSC")

OSC

Ontario Securities Commission ("OSC")

Memorandum of Understanding Related to European Securities and Markets Authority's Monitoring of the Ongoing Compliance with Recognition Conditions by CCPs Established in Canada -- Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec

In view of central counterparties ("CCPs") established and recognized in Manitoba, Ontario and Québec having applied to the European Securities and Markets Authority ("ESMA") for recognition as CCPs, pursuant to Article 25 of EMIR (defined below), the Autorité des marchés financiers of Québec ("AMF"); the Manitoba Securities Commission ("MSC") and the Ontario Securities Commission ("OSC") (each, a "Local Authority" and collectively, the "Local Authorities") and ESMA have reached this Memorandum of Understanding ("MoU") regarding arrangements for cooperation related to ESMA's monitoring of the ongoing compliance by the Covered CCPs with the recognition conditions set out in Article 25 of EMIR (the "Recognition Conditions").

Under Article 25(6) of EMIR, the European Commission has adopted an Implementing Decision determining that the legal and supervisory arrangements of Manitoba, Ontario and Québec ensure that Covered CCPs comply with legally binding requirements which are equivalent to the requirements of EMIR, that Covered CCPs are subject to effective supervision and enforcement in Manitoba, Ontario or Québec on an ongoing basis, and that their legal framework provides for an effective equivalent system for the recognition of CCPs under the legal regimes of third countries.

Article 25(2)(c) of EMIR requires the establishment of cooperation arrangements as a precondition for ESMA to recognise CCPs established in Manitoba, Ontario or Québec to provide clearing services to clearing members or trading venues established in the European Union.

Therefore, the purpose of this MoU is two-fold, namely to 1) ensure the fulfilment of the condition set out in Article 25(2)(c) of EMIR, i.e., that cooperation arrangements have been established as regards the Covered CCPs; and 2) express the Authorities' willingness to consult, cooperate and exchange information in the interest of fulfilling responsibilities and mandates of each Local Authority and ESMA in relation to the Covered CCPs.

This MoU is an arrangement between each Local Authority and ESMA and not a collective arrangement with other European Union authorities, nor between the Local Authorities outside of the context of this MOU. As such, it will not impact any arrangements which may be agreed directly between other European Union authorities and the Local Authorities, nor between the Local Authorities.

Article 1

Definitions

For the purpose of this MoU:

a) "Authority" means a signatory to this MoU or any successor thereto;

b) "Books and Records" means documents, electronic media, and books and records within the possession, custody and control of, and other information about, a Covered CCP;

c) "Central counterparty or CCP" means a legal person that interposes itself between the counterparties to the contracts traded on one or more financial markets, becoming the buyer to every seller and the seller to every buyer;

d) "Covered CCP" means a CCP established in Canada and recognized either (i) as a clearing agency in the province of Ontario; or (ii) as a clearing house in the province of Québec; or (iii) as a clearing agency in the province of Manitoba under The Securities Act or designated as a clearing house under The Commodity Futures Act, which has applied for recognition to, or where the context permits, has been recognized by, ESMA pursuant to Article 25 of EMIR;

e) "Emergency Situation" means the occurrence of an event that could materially impair the financial or operational condition of a Covered CCP;

f) "EMIR" means Regulation (EU) No 648/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 July 2012 on OTC derivatives, central counterparties and trade repositories;

g) "ESCB" means the European System of Central Banks;

h) "Governmental Entity" means:

i. If the Requesting Authority is a Local Authority:,

(a) their respective provincial finance ministry and other provincial government agencies;

(b) The Bank of Canada, the British Columbia Securities Commission or any other provincial or territorial securities or derivatives regulatory authority in Canada which, from time to time, becomes party to the Memorandum of Understanding Respecting the Oversight of Certain Clearing and Settlement Systems, dated March 19, 2014,{1} as amended or supplemented from time to time; and

ii. If the Requesting Authority is ESMA, the authorities identified in Article 25(3) of EMIR, namely,

(a) the competent authority of a Member State in which the Covered CCP provides or intends to provide clearing services and which has been selected by the CCP;

(b) the competent authorities responsible for the supervision of the clearing members of the CCP that are established in the three Member States of the European Union which make or are anticipated by the CCP to make the largest contributions to the default fund of the CCP referred to in Article 42 of EMIR on an aggregate basis over a one-year period;

(c) the competent authorities responsible for the supervision of trading venues located in the European Union, served or to be served by the CCP;

(d) the competent authorities supervising CCPs established in the European Union with which interoperability arrangements have been established;

(e) the relevant members of the ESCB of the Member States in which the CCP provides or intends to provide clearing services and the relevant members of the ESCB responsible for the oversight of the CCPs with which interoperability arrangements have been established;

(f) the central banks of issue of the most relevant European Union currencies of the financial instruments cleared or to be cleared;

i) "Implementing Decision" means Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2015/2040 of 13 November 2015.

j) "Laws and Regulations'' means, in relation to ESMA, applicable European Union legislation within ESMA's scope of action as set out in Article 1(2) of Regulation (EU) No. 1095/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 November 2010 establishing a European Supervisory Authority (European Securities and Markets Authority), amending Decision No 716/2009/EC and repealing Commission Decision 2009/77/EC and, in relation to Local Authorities, the Commodity Futures Act (Manitoba), the Securities Act (Manitoba), the Securities Act (Ontario), the Commodity Futures Act (Ontario), the Securities Act (Québec), the Derivatives Act (Québec), An Act respecting the Autorité des marchés financiers (Québec) and the rules, regulations, decisions, directions and orders adopted pursuant to them;

k) "On-site Inspection" means any regulatory visit by ESMA to the premises of a Covered CCP located in the Local Authorities' territory, including inspection of Books and Records;

l) "Person" includes a natural person, unincorporated association, partnership, trust, investment company or corporation and may be a Covered CCP;

m) "Requested Authority" means:

i. Where the Requesting Authority is ESMA, the Local Authority to whom a request is made under this MoU; or

ii. Where the Requesting Authority is a Local Authority, ESMA; and

n) "Requesting Authority" means the Authority making a request under this MoU.

Article 2

General provisions

1. Pursuant to the regime under EMIR for recognition of third-country CCPs, ESMA does not have direct supervision or enforcement powers over the Covered CCPs and relies on the supervision and enforcement capabilities of the Local Authorities which supervise and enforce compliance with the Local Authorities' Laws and Regulations.

2. This MoU covers only cooperation with regards to Covered CCPs, as between each of the Local Authority/ies and ESMA. It does not cover cooperation with regards to CCPs established in the European Union because ESMA does not have direct supervisory powers in respect of such CCPs. For the avoidance of doubt, this MoU does not cover, in particular, cooperation in respect of CCPs established in the European Union of the supervisory college of which ESMA is a member.

3. This MoU is a statement of intent to consult, cooperate and exchange information in connection with the responsibilities and mandates of each Authority in relation to the Covered CCPs, including ESMA's monitoring of the ongoing compliance by the Covered CCPs with the Recognition Conditions. The cooperation and information sharing arrangements under this MoU should be interpreted and implemented in a manner that is permitted by, and consistent with, the laws and other legal or regulatory requirements applicable to each Authority.

4. This MoU does not create any legally binding obligations, confer any rights or supersede any domestic laws. This MoU does not confer upon any Person the right or ability, directly or indirectly, to obtain, suppress or exclude any information or to challenge the execution of a request for assistance under this MoU.

5. This MoU is not intended to limit or condition the discretion of an Authority in any way in the discharge of its regulatory or supervisory responsibilities or to prejudice or affect in any way the individual responsibilities, competencies or autonomy of any Authority. This MoU does not limit an Authority to taking solely those measures described herein in fulfilment of its responsibilities and mandates. In particular, this MoU does not affect any right of any Authority to communicate with or obtain information or documents from any Person subject to its jurisdiction that is established in the territory of the other Authority.

6. The Authorities should, within the framework of this MoU, provide each other with the fullest cooperation permissible under their Laws and Regulations in relation to the responsibilities and mandates of each Authority in relation to the Covered CCPs recognized in their jurisdiction, including ESMA's monitoring of the ongoing compliance by the Covered CCPs with the Recognition Conditions. Following notification, cooperation may be denied:

a) Where cooperation would require an Authority to act in a manner that would violate its Laws and Regulations;

b) On the grounds of national public interest for the Local Authorities or European public interest for ESMA; or

c) Where a request for assistance has not been made in accordance with the terms of this MoU.

7. The Authorities represent that as of the date of this MoU no domestic secrecy or blocking laws or regulations should prevent them from providing assistance to one another in accordance with the terms of this MoU.

8. If a Requested Authority anticipates that it will incur substantial costs in responding to a request for assistance under this MoU, it may request a cost-sharing arrangement with the Requesting Authority before the Requested Authority continues to respond to the request for assistance, unless otherwise agreed.

9. To facilitate communication and cooperation under this MoU, the Authorities hereby designate contact persons the details of which are as set out in the Appendix. Any amendments to the details of contact persons shall be communicated without undue delay to the other Authorities.

Article 3

Scope of cooperation

1. The Authorities recognise the importance of close communication concerning the Covered CCPs and intend to cooperate regarding:

a) general issues, including with respect to regulatory, supervisory or other developments concerning the Covered CCPs;

b) issues relevant to the operations, activities and services of the Covered CCPs; and

c) any other areas of mutual interest.

2. The Authorities recognise in particular the importance of close cooperation in the event that a Covered CCP, particularly one whose failure likely would be systemically important to an Authority, experiences, or is threatened by, a potential financial crisis or other Emergency Situation.

3. Cooperation will be most useful in circumstances where issues of regulatory concern may arise, including but not limited to:

a) the initial application of a Covered CCP for recognition in the European Union pursuant to Article 25 of EMIR;

b) changes in a Covered CCP's internal rules, policies and procedures that could affect the way in which the Covered CCP complies with any Recognition Conditions; or

c) regulatory or supervisory actions or approvals taken by the Local Authorities or ESMA in relation to a Covered CCP, including changes to the relevant obligations and requirements to which the Covered CCPs are subject that may impact the Covered CCPs' continued compliance with the Recognition Conditions.

4. Notification. ESMA or the relevant Local Authority shall seek to inform, respectively, the relevant Local Authority/ies or ESMA as soon as practicable of:

a) any known material event that could adversely impact the financial or operational stability of a Covered CCP, including where the Covered CCP is deemed to be in breach of the conditions of any license, registration, authorisation or recognition, or of any Laws and Regulations to which it is subject;

b) enforcement or regulatory actions or sanctions, including the withdrawal, revocation, suspension or modification of any license, registration, authorisation or recognition concerning or related to a Covered CCP and which may have a material effect on the Covered CCP;

c) any material extension of the range of activities and services that a Covered CCP provides with respect to current or new asset classes or current or new European Union trading venues;

d) material changes to the Laws and Regulations to which the Covered CCPs are subject;

e) in respect of notification by ESMA to the Local Authority[/ies], any permission or approval granted to a Covered CCP to provide clearing services to clearing members, trading venues or, when known to the Covered CCP, clients established in the European Union, including in respect of branches of entities established in the European Union; and

f) in respect of notification by ESMA to the Local Authority[/ies], any request to a Covered CCP to observe a measure that ESMA has adopted to ensure compliance with the Recognition Conditions, or to cease a practice that ESMA determines is contrary to the Recognition Conditions.

The information to be provided by an Authority pursuant to this paragraph will refer to the Covered CCPs recognized by that Authority. The determination of what constitutes "material extension", "material changes", "material event", "adversely impact" or "material effect" will be left to the reasonable discretion of the Authority providing the information.

5. Exchange of Written Information. Each Authority, upon written request, intends to provide the Requesting Authority with assistance in endeavouring to obtain information not otherwise available to the Requesting Authority and, where needed, interpreting such information so as to enable the Requesting Authority to assess compliance with the Laws and Regulations to which the Covered CCPs are subject, provided that the Requested Authority is authorised to collect such information. Such requests shall be made pursuant to Article 4 of this MoU, and the Authorities anticipate that such requests will be made in a manner that is consistent with the goal of minimising administrative burdens.

The information covered by this paragraph includes without limitation:

a) information that would assist the Requesting Authority in verifying that a Covered CCP complies with the relevant obligations and requirements of the Laws and Regulations of the Requesting Authority;

b) information that would assist ESMA in verifying compliance with its request to a Covered CCP to observe a measure that ESMA has adopted to ensure compliance with the Recognition Conditions or to cease a practice that ESMA determines is contrary to the Recognition Conditions;

c) information that would assist the Requesting Authority in understanding changes to the relevant obligations and requirements to which the Covered CCPs are subject under the Laws and Regulations of the Requested Authority;

d) information relevant to the financial and operational conditions of a Covered CCP, which might include periodic reports submitted directly by a Covered CCP to an Authority;

e) relevant regulatory information and filings that a Covered CCP is required to provide to an Authority; and

f) regulatory reports and assessments, or findings or information contained therein, prepared by an Authority in respect of a Covered CCP.

Article 4

Execution of requests for information

1. To the extent possible, a request for written information pursuant to Article 3(5) should be made in writing (which may be transmitted electronically) and addressed to the relevant contact person identified in the Appendix. A request generally should specify at least the following:

a) the information sought by the Requesting Authority;

b) a concise description of the matter that is the subject of the request and the purpose for which the information is sought, including the Laws and Regulations applicable to the activity;

c) to whom, if anyone, including any Governmental Entity, onward disclosure of information is likely to be necessary and the reason for such disclosure; and

d) the desired time period for reply and, where appropriate, the urgency thereof.

2. In Emergency Situations, the ESMA or the relevant Local Authority/ies shall endeavour to notify, respectively, the relevant Local Authority/ies or ESMA of the Emergency Situation and communicate information between each other as deemed appropriate in the particular circumstances, taking into account all relevant factors, including the status of efforts to address the Emergency Situation. During Emergency Situations, requests for information may be made in any form, including orally, provided such communication is confirmed in writing as promptly as possible following such notification.

Article 5

On-site Inspections

1. ESMA does not intend to conduct any On-site Inspection of the Covered CCPs as part of its monitoring of the ongoing compliance by Covered CCPs with the Recognition Conditions, since under Article 25(6) of EMIR, the European Commission has adopted an Implementing Decision determining that the legal and supervisory arrangements of the Local Authorities ensure that Covered CCPs comply with legally binding requirements which are equivalent to the requirements of EMIR, that Covered CCPs are subject to effective supervision and enforcement in the provinces of Manitoba, Ontario or Québec on an ongoing basis, and that the legal framework of the Local Authorities provides for an effective equivalent system for the recognition of CCPs authorised under the legal regime of third countries.

2. Given that ESMA, in respect of Covered CCPs, relies on the supervision and enforcement capabilities of the Local Authorities, which supervise and enforce compliance with the Local Authorities' Laws and Regulations, any On-site Inspections by ESMA officers will only be considered in exceptional circumstances and subject to the prior agreement of the Local Authorities.

3. In such exceptional circumstances, the Authorities should discuss and reach understanding on the terms regarding an On-site Inspection by ESMA officers, in particular in determining the respective roles and responsibilities of the Authorities. ESMA will act in accordance with the following procedure before conducting an On-site Inspection:

a) ESMA will consult the Local Authorities with a view to reaching an understanding on the intended timeframe for, and the purpose and scope of, any On-site Inspection. The Local Authorities may, in their discretion, accompany or assist the visiting ESMA officers during the On-site Inspection.

b) When establishing the scope of any proposed On-site Inspection by ESMA officers, ESMA will consider the supervisory activities of the Local Authorities given ESMA's reliance on the supervision and enforcement capabilities of the Local Authorities in respect of Covered CCPs and will consider any information that was made available or is capable of being made available by the Local Authorities.

c) Upon request, the Local Authorities will assist ESMA in reviewing, interpreting and analysing the contents of public and non-public Books and Records and obtaining information from directors and senior management of a Covered CCP.

Article 6

Permissible uses of information

1. The Requesting Authority may use non-public information obtained under this MoU solely for the purpose of ensuring, monitoring or assessing compliance with the Laws and Regulations of the Requesting Authority.

2. Before using non-public information furnished under this MoU for any purpose other than that stated in Article 6(1), the Requesting Authority must obtain the written consent of the Requested Authority for the intended use. If consent is denied by the Requested Authority, the Authorities will consult to discuss the reasons for withholding approval of such use and the circumstances, if any, under which the intended use by the Requesting Authority might be allowed.

3. If an Authority ("Receiving Authority") receives, via a third party that is not a signatory to this MoU, non-public information originally provided by the other Authority ("Disclosing Authority") that is related to the Disclosing Authority's supervision and oversight of a Covered CCP and that the Receiving Authority is aware it was obtained by the third party from the Disclosing Authority on a confidential basis, the Receiving Authority will use and treat the information in accordance with the terms of this MoU.

4. The restrictions in this Article do not apply to an Authority's use of information it obtains directly from a Covered CCP.

Article 7

Confidentiality and onward sharing of information

1. Except as provided in Article 7(2)-(4) or pursuant to a legally enforceable demand, each Authority will keep confidential and agree not to disclose, to the extent permitted by law, non-public information received under this MoU, requests made under this MoU, the contents of such requests, and any other matters arising under this MoU. The terms of this MoU are not confidential.

2. Each Local Authority may share non-public information obtained under this MoU with another Local Authority so long as that other Local Authority uses and treats that information in accordance with this MoU.

3. As required by law or authorised by law, it may become necessary for a Requesting Authority to share non-public information obtained under this MoU with a Governmental Entity in its jurisdiction. In such circumstances and to the extent permitted by law:

a) The Requesting Authority intends to notify the Requested Authority; and

b) Prior to the Requesting Authority sharing the non-public information, the Requesting Authority will provide adequate assurances to the Requested Authority concerning the Governmental Entity's use and confidential treatment of the information, including, as necessary, assurances that:

i. The Governmental Entity has confirmed that it requires the information for the purpose of enabling it to fulfil its responsibilities and mandates as described in Article 1; and

ii. The information will not be shared by the Governmental Entity with other parties without getting the prior written consent of the Requested Authority.

4. The requirements in Article 7(3) do not apply where the Requesting Authority shares non-public information obtained under this MoU with a Governmental Entity that falls within the scope of Article 1(h)(i)(b), so long as the Local Authority ensures that such Governmental Entity uses and treats that information in accordance with this MoU.

5. Except as provided in Article 7(2) or (3) if disclosure is otherwise required by law, the Requesting Authority must obtain the prior written consent of the Requested Authority before disclosing non-public information received under this MoU to any non-signatory to this MoU. The Requested Authority will take into account the level of urgency of the request and respond in a timely manner. During an Emergency Situation, consent may be obtained in any form, including orally, provided such communication is confirmed in writing as promptly as possible following such notification. If consent is denied by the Requested Authority, the Requesting and Requested Authorities will consult to discuss the reasons for withholding approval of such disclosure and the circumstances, if any, under which the intended disclosure by the Requesting Authority might be allowed.

6. To the extent possible, the Requesting Authority should notify the Requested Authority of any legally enforceable demand for non-public information that has been furnished under this MoU. When complying with the demand, the Requesting Authority intends to assert all appropriate legal exemptions or privileges with respect to such information as may be available.

7. The Authorities intend that the sharing or disclosure of non-public information, including deliberative and consultative materials, pursuant to the terms of this MoU, will not constitute a waiver of privilege or confidentiality of such information.

8. The Authorities acknowledge that nothing in this Article 7 prevents an Authority from disclosing information it receives directly from a Covered CCP.

Article 8

Successor authorities

1. Where the relevant functions of an Authority are transferred or assigned to another authority or authorities, the terms of the MoU shall apply to the successor authority or authorities performing those relevant functions, such successor authority or authorities shall become a signatory or signatories to this MoU without the need for any further amendment to this MoU, and notice will be provided to the other Authorities. This will not affect the right of any Authority to give prior written notice as provided in Article 11(2) that it no longer wishes to be a signatory to this MoU if it wishes to do so.

Article 9

Amendments

1. The Authorities intend to periodically review the functioning and effectiveness of cooperation arrangements between the Authorities. This MoU may be amended with the written consent of all signatories.

Article 10

Execution of the MoU

1. This MoU will enter into force on the date that it is signed by the Authorities except for the OSC, where it will enter into force on the date when endorsement by the respective Ministry in accordance with the applicable legislation is notified to the other parties by the OSC.

Article 11

Termination

1. This MoU will remain operative for an unlimited period of time.

2. If an Authority wishes to no longer be a signatory to this MoU, it shall provide thirty (30) calendar days prior written notice to the other Authorities.

3. If an Authority gives such notice, the other Authorities will consult concerning the disposition of any pending requests made pursuant to this MOU. If an agreement cannot be reached through consultation, cooperation will continue with respect to all requests for assistance that were made under the MoU before the expiration of the 30-day period until all requests are fulfilled or the Requesting Authority withdraws such request(s) for assistance.

4. In the event of termination of this MoU, information obtained under this MoU will continue to be treated in the manner described under Articles 6 and 7.

5. If this MoU is terminated without being substituted in a reasonable timeframe by an equivalent arrangement, pursuant to Article 25 of EMIR, ESMA will consider the withdrawal of recognition of the Covered CCPs.

Signatures

Date: 30/11/2015

European Securities and Markets Authority
Ontario Securities Commission
"Steven Maijoor"
"Monica Kowal"
Steven Maijoor
Monica Kowal,
Chairman
Acting Chair
Autorité des marchés financiers
Manitoba Securities Commission
"Louis Morisset"
"Donald G. Murray"
Louis Morisset
Donald G. Murray
President and Chief Executive Officer
Chair

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Appendix

Contact Persons

European Securities and Markets Authority
Ontario Securities Commission
Name: Fabrizio Planta
Name: Director, Office of Domestic and International Affairs
Telephone: +33 1 5836 4270
Telephone: (416) 593-8131
Email: fabrizio.planta@esma.europa.eu
Email: mourequest@osc.gov.on.ca
Autorité des marchés financiers
Manitoba Securities Commission
Name: Corporate secretary
Name: Chris Besko, Director
Telephone: (514) 395-0337 ext.2517
Telephone: (204)-945-2561
Email: anne-marie.beaudoin@lautorite.qc.ca
Email: chris.besko@gov.mb.ca