Autorité des marchés financiers (France)

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Not to be confused with the Autorité des marchés financiers (Québec)
Financial Markets Authority
Autorité des marchés financiers
Agency overview
Formed 1 August 2003
Jurisdiction France
Headquarters France Paris, France
Agency executive Gérard Rameix, Chairman
Website http://www.amf-france.org

The Autorité des Marchés Financiers (the name translates to Financial Markets Authority) is the stock market regulators in France. The AMF is an independent public body that is responsible for safeguarding investments in financial instruments and in all other savings and investment as well as maintaining orderly financial markets.

Organisation overview[edit]

According to its web site the autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) was established by the Financial Security Act of 1 August 2003. It was formed from the merger of the Commission des opérations de bourse (COB), the Conseil des marchés financiers (CMF) and the Conseil de discipline de la gestion financière (CDGF). The AMF is an independent public body with legal personality and financial autonomy with the duty of:[1]

  • safeguard investments in financial instruments and in all other savings and investment vehicles
  • ensure that investors receive material information
  • maintain orderly financial market

It falls under the European regulatory umbrella of MiFID.

Substantial shareholdings[edit]

Shareholders are required to notify their holdings to the AMF when their stake exceeds or falls below certain thresholds. According to the act of 26 July 2005 the lowest disclosure threshold is 5% (article l. 233-7 of the commercial code). Pursuant the same article allows that companies can set additional notification thresholds in their articles of association [2]

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