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Dan Viola, Sadis & Goldberg

What impact will the Trump administration have on the fiduciary rule?

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 10:55

By Dan Viola, partner, Sadis & Goldberg – Status of the new DOL fiduciary rule. The Department of Labor’s (the DOL) new fiduciary ruling (the Rule) has created strife in the securities industry and has the potential to significantly impact how financial advisers and brokers will manage retirement accounts in the future.   »

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Invest in Cyprus - Strategic location

Mon, 20/02/2017 - 15:21

With its ideal geographical position at the crossroads of three continents – Europe, Africa and Asia, Cyprus plays a key role in the region of the Eastern Mediterranean. As a safe, transparent, modern business centre, the island is an ideal investment gateway to the European Union, as well as a portal for investment outside the EU, particularly into the Middle East, India and China. »

Donnacha O'Connor, Dillon Eustace

Ireland - Key factors in choosing an alternative investment fund domicile

Mon, 20/02/2017 - 15:16

By Donnacha O’Connor (pictured), Partner at Dillon Eustace – Ireland has a well-established reputation as a leading funds centre, being home to 6,470 regulated investment funds as of December 2016 according to the Central Bank of Ireland, and as a leading fund servicing centre. »

Wayne Gallichan, Locate Jersey

Jersey - Full guidance on setting up home and business

Mon, 20/02/2017 - 15:10

Locate Jersey is part of the Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture department within the Jersey Government (`States of Jersey'). Headed up by Director of International Trade, Wayne Gallichan (pictured), the role of Locate Jersey is to promote Jersey as a place to do business and to attract suitable businesses to the island, as well as HNW individuals; particularly those that are still economically active.  »

BVI

British Virgin Islands - Providing a firm and reliable base for fund managers

Mon, 20/02/2017 - 15:05

Since 2012, the BVI has introduced three exciting and innovative investment fund products, namely: the BVI Approved Manager, the BVI Incubator Fund and the BVI Approved Fund. The Approved Manager was introduced at the end of 2012, followed by the Incubator Fund and Approved Fund in mid-2015, and each has been growing steadily since their launch. Currently, there are 140 Approved Managers, 21 Incubator Funds and 29 Approved Funds, based on figures published by the BVI Financial Services Commission (as of 30 September 2016).  »

Ivan Grech, FinanceMalta

Malta - Q&A with Ivan Grech and Anatoli Grech

Mon, 20/02/2017 - 14:58

Q&A with Ivan Grech, Head of Business Development, FinanceMalta & Anatoli Grech, Executive Secretary of the Malta Funds Industry Association. »

Richard Le Tocq, Locate Guernsey

Guernsey - Promoting and facilitating relocation

Mon, 20/02/2017 - 14:54

In a world where uncertainty appears to be replacing certainty, Guernsey is underlining its inherent stability amidst the changes that are affecting the regulatory, commercial and political realms.  »

Phil Bartram, Travers Smith

AIFMD passport no longer seen as the ‘silver lining’

Thu, 16/02/2017 - 14:37

Securing a third-country passport to access European investors is no longer viewed as the go-to solution it once was by the UK investment fund sector, according to Tim Hames, the Director General of the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA). »

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Majority of fund managers see upcoming regulatory environment demanding more time, says Northern Trust survey

Wed, 15/02/2017 - 14:12

Close to 70 per cent of fund manager clients, prospective clients and consultants attending a Northern Trust event on regulation believe that the upcoming regulatory environment will demand more of their time, compared with time spent over the past year. »

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.  »

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. »

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.  »

Prasana, Walkers

Hedge fund redemptions show market is maturing

Wed, 18/01/2017 - 10:09

The third quarter of 2016 saw an estimated USD28 billion of hedge fund net outflows – the highest since 2009. This brought year-to-date redemptions to USD51.5 billion. Those suffering significant outflows included high-profile stalwarts of the industry such as Brevan Howard, which saw USD3 billion in redemptions in the first six months of 2016. »

Ane Storie, DMS Governance

DMS helps overcome regulatory fatigue

Tue, 10/01/2017 - 12:47

DMS Governance specialises in providing global fund governance with the firm best regarded for the provision of offshore independent directors in the Cayman Islands. The second core business line is its UCITS and AIFMD management company and platform based in Dublin and Luxembourg.  »

BVI Finance

BVI Segregated Portfolios going from strength to strength

Thu, 03/11/2016 - 23:05

By Natalie Bell, Harneys, British Virgin Islands – Segregated Portfolio Companies (SPCs) are now well recognised and widely used corporate vehicles, and we are seeing increasing demand for them in the funds context, writes BVI-based law firm Harneys. A segregated portfolio company benefits from statutory segregation of its assets and liabilities in one segregated portfolio from those of any other segregated portfolio, and from the general assets and liabilities of the company, but is a single, legal entity. The SPC has only one set of constitutional documents, one board of directors and, importantly, one set of annual licence fees. »

Davina Garrod, Akin Gump

For financial markets and industry alike, the UK's fate must be known as soon as possible

Thu, 03/11/2016 - 14:33

Akin Gump London partner Davina Garrod (pictured), who focuses on trade and financial regulatory issues, comments on the High Court ruling that the UK Government may not invoke Article 50 without parliamentary approval… »

Gina Miller, SCM Direct

Investment manager causes UK government to re-think Brexit plans

Thu, 03/11/2016 - 13:32

Investment manager Gina Miller (pictured) has won a High Court ruling forcing the UK government to hold a vote in Parliament over its plans to start the process of leaving the European Union. »

Marion Leslie, Thomson Reuters

Financial institutions recognise benefits of adopting a more strategic approach to regulatory data management and compliance, says Thomson Reuters report

Mon, 31/10/2016 - 11:51

A Thomson Reuters report reveals that 88  per cent of financial institutions will work strategically across regulatory agencies over the next two years.  »

Frank Napolitani

The role of operational due diligence in today’s fundraising environment

Thu, 20/10/2016 - 09:04

Operational due diligence (ODD) is an integral part of winning institutional investment allocations. Being aware of the current focus areas and what is on the horizon is key to preparing your organisation.  »

Information

Asset managers must address solvency issues

Wed, 05/10/2016 - 13:30

Tim Thornton, COO, Fund Services, MUFG Investor Services, comments on the rising capital requirements for fund managers… »

Simon Schilder

Emerging hedge fund managers - challenges and solutions

Fri, 23/09/2016 - 14:02

Who would want to be a start-up hedge fund manager? Simon Schilder, partner at Ogier in Jersey, and TEAM BVI UK member with BVI Finance, examines the challenges facing the next generation… »

Dr Maria Chetcuti Cauchi, Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates

The NAIF: Europe’s missing piece of the jigsaw

Thu, 22/09/2016 - 16:25

The Maltese Notified Alternative Investment Fund (NAIF) fills a gap in Europe's fund market. According to Dr Stefania Grech, Financial Services Associate, Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates, an unregulated fund was the one product missing in the Maltese Fund Industry. "Now, from a European perspective, there is no discrimination when it comes to the creation of an unregulated vehicle, offshore versus onshore. »

Paul Mifsud, Managing Director at Sparkasse Bank

Malta’s SCC gathers momentum

Thu, 22/09/2016 - 14:56

Malta has been quite innovative in providing certain infrastructure for the securitisation cell company (SCC) and securitisation in general. According to the MFSA, 30 securitisation vehicles have launched so far this year, and Sparkasse Bank Malta, plc. has been a beneficiary of this phenomenon. »

r Jean C Farrugia, senior partner at DF Advocates

Malta ushers in the Notified AIF

Thu, 22/09/2016 - 14:54

On 10 June 2016, Malta burnished its reputation when the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) launched the Notified Alternative Investment Fund (NAIF) regime through the publication of the Investment Services Act (List of Notified AIFs) Regulations in the Malta Government Gazette. »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Malta’s service provider community sees good times ahead

Thu, 22/09/2016 - 14:48

Whether it’s providing AIFM management company solutions, depositary lite solutions, or simply providing start-up managers with a high-touch level of service, Malta’s service provider community continues to evolve with the times.  »

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