Euronext Amsterdam - New Year's reception

Intro Maurice - new years reception 2018

Growth is back in Europe - 2018 promises to become a good year in continuation of 2017, as economic forecasts point to a sustained period of strong growth. Growth is back!

We need good cooperation and partnership in the Netherlands. Responding to new trends in the European market, adapt quickly to changes and profit from growth in Europe. 

Maurice van Tilburg, CEO Euronext Amsterdam and Head of Market Operations Euronext

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Best Performer Awards 2017

Euronext Amsterdam awarded the all-round best performing listed company and ETF* at Euronext Amsterdam for 2017. The awards were presented during the New Year’s reception that took place on Friday January 12, at Beursplein 5 in Amsterdam.

This year’s winners are

All-Round Best Performer 2017

AMG has successfully made use of the capital markets last year. This resulted in an increase in share price of 183%, which resulted in a market capitalization increase by 201%. A remarkable accomplishment. 

Dr. Heinz Schimmelbusch, CEO at AMG

Dr. Heinz Schimmelbusch, CEO at AMG, accepted the All-round Best Performer Award for 2017. 

Best Performer ETF 2017

The most traded ETF in 2017 at Euronext Amsterdam was the S&P 500 ETF, for which we congratulate Vanguard.

Wim van Zwol, Head of Institutional Sales, Northern European Institutions at VAM,

Wim van Zwol, Head of Institutional Sales, Northern European Institutions at VAM, accepted the Best Performer ETF Award for 2017. 

Big bang for European capital markets

Euronext Amsterdam - Steven Maijoor, Chair ESAM

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Keynote speaker Steven Maijoor, Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) closed the trading day at Euronext Amsterdam 

2017 has been a good year for equity investors because of the increased values of the stock market, but it has also been a good year due to the increasing importance of capital markets in the financial system. An important condition for the success of the Capital Markets Union remains a high degree of consumers protection; consumers are only willing to participate in capital based financing if they have a high degree of trust. MiFID II, which has been in force since 3 January, could make an important contribution to this. The upcoming year will be a critical year for us, as it remains to be seen how European capital markets will respond to the changing monetary policy and to the most important capital market leaving the EU.

Steven Maijoor, Chair ESMA

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Steven Maijoor

Steven Maijoor has been the Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) since taking up office 1 April 2011. He is the first chair of the authority and is currently serving his second five-year term. He is responsible for representing the Authority as well as chairing ESMA’s Board of Supervisors and the Management Board.  The role of the Board of Supervisors is to give strategic guidance to ESMA and make all main regulatory and supervisory decisions. The Management Board's purpose is to ensure that the Authority carries out its mission and performs its tasks.


ESMA is an independent EU Authority that contributes to safeguarding the stability of the European Union's financial system by enhancing the protection of investors and promoting stable and orderly financial markets.


MiFID II and MiFIR will ensure fairer, safer and more efficient markets and facilitate greater transparency for all participants. New reporting requirements and tests will increase the amount of information available, and reduce the use of dark pools and OTC trading.  The rules governing high-frequency-trading will impose a strict set of organisational requirements on investment firms and trading venues, and the provisions regulating the non-discriminatory access to central counterparties (CCPs), trading venues and benchmarks are designed to increase competition.

The protection of investors is strengthened through the introduction of new requirements on product governance and independent investment advice, the extension of existing rules to structured deposits, and the improvement of requirements in several areas, including on the responsibility of management bodies, inducements, information and reporting to clients, cross-selling, remuneration of staff, and best execution. (Source ESMA)


  • These awards are based exclusively on measurable figures from 2017.
  • Performance for listed companies means the strongest increase in market capitalization within Euronext Amsterdam’s main indices; AEX, AMX, AsCX, over the year 2017.
  • The ETF award is based on the trading volume in ETFs in 2017 amongst the listed ETFs at Euronext Amsterdam, and is based on the most traded ETF listed at Euronext Amsterdam in 2017.