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Lucas Wurfbain, Feedstock

Feedstock platform offers MiFID II research compliance

Tue, 14/03/2017 - 10:17

London-based Feedstock is operating a research platform that offers buy-side fund managers a one-stop-shop to managing their research activities under MiFID II. »

Hanno Klein, FIX Trading Community

FIX Trading Community enhances FIX Protocol to meet requirements of MiFID II and MiFIR

Mon, 27/02/2017 - 09:24

FIX Trading Community, the non-profit financial trading standards body, has published a document detailing extensions to the FIX Protocol to meet the requirements of MiFID II and MiFIR. »

Tobias Paulun, EEX

Competition and market dynamics form basis for consumers to benefit from the Energy Union

Tue, 07/02/2017 - 13:39

The European Energy Exchange (EEX) and the European EPEX SPOT power exchange have met with representatives of the EU Commission and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs at the “E-world energy & water” trade fair to discuss the legislative proposals of the so-called “Winter package” (Clean energy for all Europeans) of the EU Commission. »

A ‘KURE’ for regulatory fatigue

Mon, 06/02/2017 - 11:12

By Ras Sipko, KOGER – For the past four years, alternative fund managers with US investors have been coming to terms with the far-reaching effects of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act or FATCA. Some 60-plus countries have signed up to cooperate with the IRS in order to enforce FATCA and this year the compliance burden is set to grow yet again. On 31st May 2017, fund managers will have to submit their first filing under the OECD Common Reporting Standards initiative, which can best be thought of as global FATCA or 'GATCA'. »

James Williams, Global Fund Media

Multiple growth drivers boost Ireland’s Funds Industry

Mon, 06/02/2017 - 11:04

There are a number of encouraging developments in Ireland that would, on the surface, appear to place it on a strong footing to further enhance its reputation as Europe's leading onshore alternative funds jurisdiction.  »

Cyril Delamere, ML Capital

ML Capital evolves fund solutions offering

Mon, 06/02/2017 - 10:55

ML Capital, one of Ireland's leading management company groups, has grown to exceed EUR3 billion of AUM over the last 12 months. The growth trajectory over recent years has enabled ML Capital to evolve from being a leading UCITS platform operator to being more of a fund solutions provider to managers and investors alike.  »

John Bohan, Apex Fund services

Moving towards the paperless office

Mon, 06/02/2017 - 10:50

The Irish Government is keen to embrace the FinTech revolution as is evidenced by its IFS2020 strategy for International Financial Services, which aims to create 10,000 new jobs in the IFS sector by 2020.  »

Linda Gorman, Quintillion

Forging closer links with clients

Mon, 06/02/2017 - 10:42

Alternative fund managers have had a myriad of regulatory change to contend with over recent years. In the early stages, many chose to take on the reporting burden themselves. This was very much a learning curve.  »

James Williams, Global Fund Media

Ireland: Positioning to be the European RegTech leader

Mon, 06/02/2017 - 10:34

Dublin's International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) employs over 38,000 people and is home to some of the world's leading financial institutions; industry stalwarts such as Merrill Lynch, ABN Amro, JP Morgan.  »

Jack Inglis, AIMA

AIMA publishes guide to MiFID2

Fri, 03/02/2017 - 09:29

The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) has published a guide for investment managers to help them understand and implement the requirements of the European Union’s updated Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID2). »

Pat Lardner, Irish Funds

Irish Funds and Deloitte to develop blockchain proof of concept for regulatory reporting

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 10:15

Irish Funds is working with industry participants and Deloitte to develop a blockchain proof of concept for regulatory reporting. »

Bill Prew, Indos Financial

Fund managers need to be alert to successfully navigate a hard Brexit

Tue, 31/01/2017 - 12:19

Bill Prew (pictured), CEO of Indos Financial, the independent depositary firm, writes that the UK government has finally revealed its Brexit position. “Any chance of a soft Brexit or retained membership of the Single Market has apparently been removed. The UK will almost certainly pull out of the Single Market although some hope policymakers will negotiate a transitional arrangement to avoid a cliff-edge Brexit. »

Stefan Hendrickx, Ancoa

Energie Steiermark selects Ancoa for energy trade surveillance

Thu, 26/01/2017 - 10:09

Ancoa, a provider of contextual surveillance and analytics for exchanges, regulators, buy- and sell-side firms, has been selected by Energie Steiermark to monitor trading activity covered by MAR (Market Abuse Regulation) and REMIT.   »

Gina Miller, SCM Direct

UK government loses Gina Miller Brexit vote appeal

Tue, 24/01/2017 - 09:51

A majority of eight to three of the Supreme Court judges has found in favour of Gina Miller’s (pictured) campaign that the UK Government cannot trigger Article 50 to begin the formal process of leaving the European Union without an Act of Parliament.  »

John Dowdall, Silverfinch

Silverfinch strengthens data model with PRIIPs templates

Mon, 23/01/2017 - 10:02

Silverfinch, a look-through and data distribution hub for client regulatory reporting, has launched new templates to its data model in response to the upcoming Key Information Document (KID) regulation for Packaged Retail Investment and Insurance Products (PRIIPs). »

Jeremy Davies, RSRCHXchange

Asset managers reduce bank research spend ahead of MiFID II

Thu, 12/01/2017 - 08:51

There has been a distinct shift of research budgets away from the top nine investment banks, according to an analysis of the readiness of asset managers for the research unbundling rules coming into effect in January 2018. »

Dan Kuhnel, ANNA

ANNA opens consultation on fee models for the Derivatives Service Bureau

Mon, 09/01/2017 - 09:28

The Association of National Numbering Agencies (ANNA) has opened the fee model consultation for the ANNA Derivatives Service Bureau (DSB). »

TGE obtains PFSA approval for CO2 auction platform

TGE obtains PFSA approval for CO2 auction platform

Wed, 21/12/2016 - 15:20

The Polish Financial Supervision Authority (PFSA) has unanimously granted approval to Towarowa Giełda Energii (TGE) to operate an auction platform for CO2 emission allowances. »

Todd Moyer, Confluence

RegTech to trigger asset management back office transformation in 2017

Fri, 16/12/2016 - 09:10

Confluence predicts that the rise of regulatory technology (RegTech) in 2017 will trigger a transformation of the asset management back office, with improved data management and technology solutions delivering operating model improvements through automation. »

Pat Lardner, Irish Funds

Irish Funds welcome final agreement on money market funds

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 09:56

Irish Funds, the representative body for the international cross-border investment funds industry in Ireland, has welcomed the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee’s (ECON) approval of the final compromise text on the EU’s Money Market Fund Regulation (MMFR). »

Jack Inglis, AIMA

AIMA publishes guide to managed accounts

Wed, 07/12/2016 - 13:34

The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) has published a guide for fund managers wishing to establish a managed account, a popular form of investing in hedge funds that gives greater control over the management of the account to the investor. »

Tobias Paulun, EEX

EEX highlights importance of market mechanisms in building the Energy Union

Thu, 01/12/2016 - 07:47

The European Energy Exchange (EEX) has welcomed the Winter Package, published by the European Commission, which introduces proposals for legislation on the EU energy market and the development of renewable energy going forward. »

Pat Lardner, Irish Funds

Irish Funds welcomes proposals to amend loan fund rules

Wed, 30/11/2016 - 10:39

Irish Funds, the representative body for the international cross-border investment funds industry in Ireland, has welcomed the Central Bank of Ireland’s announcement on its intention to amend the requirements for Loan originating Qualifying Investor AIFs (L-QIAIFs), as set out in the AIF Rulebook. »

Sven Kasper, State Street

MiFID II is top concern for asset managers, says State Street research

Mon, 21/11/2016 - 10:23

Nearly three quarters (73 per cent) of asset managers are concerned about the challenges presented by MiFID II, research by State Street Corporation shows. »

Timothy Massad, CFTC

Supervisory stress tests of clearinghouses prove positive

Thu, 17/11/2016 - 09:00

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has issued a report detailing the results of a supervisory stress test of five major clearinghouses based in the US and the UK, and the results for all five proved positive. »

Francois Pfister, Ogier

Legislation reform and arrival of Chinese banks spell good news for Luxembourg

Thu, 10/11/2016 - 13:39

Signs including a new unregulated fund product, reform of company law and the moves of eight Chinese banks to Luxembourg suggest a bright future for Luxembourg, says Ogier practice partner Francois Pfister. »

Timothe Fuchs, Fuchs Asset Management

Know your investors before launching in Europe

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 11:36

Timothe Fuchs (pictured) is the CEO of eponymous Luxembourg-based Fuchs Asset Management. With regulation becoming so vast and complex, especially in Europe, he is in no doubt that alternative investment managers need all the help they can get with respect to the day-to-day operational and compliance demands of running AIFMD-compliant funds. »

Lee Godfrey, KNEIP

The virtues of good data governance

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 11:31

As asset managers face a barrage of global regulation and compliance demands, one of the biggest challenges they face is knowing who is responsible for the firm's data and where its source is located.  »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Luxembourg well placed to capitalise on Fintech revolution

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 11:26

Fund jurisdictions will need to keep their finger on the pulse of digital technology if they are to remain competitive over the coming years. Disruptive players are springing up on a daily basis offering innovative payment solutions, transaction solutions to improve efficiency.  »

Kavitha Ramachandran, Maitland Group

On track to launch first set of RAIFs

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 11:23

The introduction of the Reserved Alternative Investment Fund under the Luxembourg Bill of Law N∞6929 (Bill 6929) this year could be a game changer for the jurisdiction. In short, the RAIF is an investment fund product that removes the double layer of regulation. Rather, the regulation focuses on the AIFM and crucially, gives fund sponsors a quicker time to market.  »

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