The ESMA View on Blockchain

12 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2017 Last revised: 29 Apr 2017

Date Written: April 26, 2017


A report in February 2017 reflects the ESMA view on the use of distributed ledger technology for securities markets. While ESMA finds that any further regulatory action would be premature for the time being, it advocates active engagement from European and international regulators. This report demonstrates the willingness of the regulator to learn and acquire a deeper understanding of the benefits and challenges that come with the new technology. It paves the way to further regulatory action once a specific use case for securities markets matures.

Keywords: Blockchain, DLT, Financial Regulation, ESMA, European Union, Securities Markets, Clearing, Settlement

Suggested Citation

Ngo, Khanh Dang, The ESMA View on Blockchain (April 26, 2017). Available at SSRN: or

Khanh Dang Ngo (Contact Author)

Simmons & Simmons LLP ( email )

MesseTurm Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 49
Frankfurt am Main, 60308

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