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Laurent Vanderweyen, Luxembourg chief executive and head of fund services, Alter Domus

Alter Domus to provide AIF depository services

Wed, 10/04/2013 - 10:06

Alter Domus, a provider of administration services for alternative investment funds and multinational corporations, will be offering depositary services in Luxembourg and expects to be in the first wave of regulatory approvals. »

Jay Gould, partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

SEC puts hedge fund managers on notice regarding compensation arrangements for sales

Tue, 09/04/2013 - 14:37

By Jay Gould, partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP – In a speech before the American Bar Association’s Trading and Markets Subcommittee on 5 April, 2013, David Blass, the Chief Counsel of the Division of Markets and Trading, put hedge fund managers and private equity fund managers on notice that they may be engaged in unregistered (and therefore, unlawful) broker dealer activities as a result of the manner by which hedge fund managers compensate their personnel and, in the case of private equity fund managers, the receipt of investment banking fees with respect to their portfolio companies. »

Michael Spencer, group chief executive officer of ICAP

ICAP warns on potential impact of financial transactions tax

Mon, 08/04/2013 - 11:49

ICAP, an interdealer broker and provider of post trade risk and information services, has released its analysis of the potential impact of implementing a financial transactions tax (FTT). »

Fiona Le Poidevin, Guernsey Finance

Why quality is key in a fund domicile

Mon, 08/04/2013 - 05:00

As managers and investors look for fund domiciles with a focus on quality, Fiona Le Poidevin (pictured), Chief Executive of Guernsey Finance – the promotional agency for the Island’s finance industry, explores how Guernsey is well positioned to meet these evolving needs. »

Document signing

Bermuda prepares to sign AIFMD cooperation agreement with ESMA

Mon, 01/04/2013 - 16:23

The Bermuda Monetary Authority is advancing preparations to sign a cooperation agreement with Europe under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD). »

ASIC deputy chairman Belinda Gibson

ASIC consults on trade reporting obligations for OTC derivatives

Thu, 28/03/2013 - 12:01

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has proposed draft rules addressing the mandatory trade reporting obligations for over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives such as interest rate swaps. »

Rolston Anglin, Minister for Financial Services, Cayman Islands

Cayman creates incorporated cell companies

Thu, 28/03/2013 - 06:06

A framework for incorporated cell companies in the insurance sector was created in the Cayman Islands on 25 March, when the Legislative Assembly passed an amendment to allow the registration of portfolio insurance companies (PICs) within segregated portfolio company insurers (SPCs). »

Information sign

New Stream Capital Fund Limited segregated account class B, E, H, K, L, N and O – Notice of Intention to Distribute Assets

Thu, 28/03/2013 - 00:02

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF BERMUDA COMMERCIAL LIST COMPANIES (WINDING-UP) 2010: No. 312 IN THE MATTER OF NEW STREAM CAPITAL FUND LIMITED AND IN THE MATTER OF THE COMPANIES ACT 1981 AND IN THE MATTER OF THE SEGREGATED ACCOUNTS COMPANIES ACT 2000 notice OF INTENTION TO DISTRIBUTE ASSETS  »

Fiona Le Poidevin, Guernsey Finance

Why quality is key in a fund domicile

Wed, 27/03/2013 - 16:00

As managers and investors look for fund domiciles with a focus on quality, Fiona Le Poidevin (pictured), Chief Executive of Guernsey Finance – the promotional agency for the Island’s finance industry, explores how Guernsey is well positioned to meet these evolving needs. »

Survey

Fund managers still have AIFMD concerns, says Northern Trust survey

Wed, 27/03/2013 - 12:00

While 86 per cent of respondents to a Northern Trust survey say they broadly understand the implications of the Alternative Investment Fund Manager Directive, close to 70 per cent feel their investors are not engaged in AIFMD considerations. »

Law books and gavel

Cayman amendment paves way for AIFMD compliance

Mon, 25/03/2013 - 19:14

To facilitate the marketing of Cayman hedge funds in the European Union, the Cayman Islands Government has passed an amendment that allows the jurisdiction’s regulator to enter into memoranda of understanding with its EU counterparts, using a model MoU developed by the European Securities Markets Authority (ESMA). »

Regulation

BNP Paribas expands its global set-up for AIFMD

Mon, 25/03/2013 - 16:05

BNP Paribas Securities Services has reinforced its global offering ahead of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD), which is set to significantly transform the fund management industry. »

BVI

Withers wins BVI hedge fund liquidation case for Baker Tilly

Thu, 21/03/2013 - 16:00

The BVI Court has confirmed the appointment of John Greenwood and Hadley Chilton of Baker Tilly (BVI) Limited as liquidators of four hedge funds incorporated in the BVI, and has decided that a US receiver attempting to claim assets owned by the hedge funds would not be recognised by the BVI Court. »

Cayman Islands and Brazil sign TIEA

Cayman Islands and Brazil to exchange tax information

Thu, 21/03/2013 - 11:59

The Cayman Islands Government signed its 31st Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA) with the Republic of Brazil on 19 March. »

Dark liquidity

ASIC reports on dark liquidity and high-frequency trading

Mon, 18/03/2013 - 11:50

ASIC has released a report and a consultation paper examining the impact of dark liquidity and high-frequency trading on Australia's financial markets. »

Gonzalo Jalles, chief executive, Cayman Finance

Cayman opts for Model 1 IGA for FATCA

Mon, 18/03/2013 - 10:01

The Cayman Islands Government is to adopt a Model 1 intergovernmental agreement (IGA) in response to the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). »

Geoff Cook, chief executive, Jersey Finance

Jersey AIFMD plans on track

Fri, 15/03/2013 - 10:05

Jersey remains on track to meet the requirements of the EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) and will introduce new fund regulations in April. »

Law books and gavel

Court hands down key judgment on BVI hedge fund insolvencies

Wed, 13/03/2013 - 10:03

The Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court on 11 March handed down an important ruling on the question of where investors stand in the “waterfall” of distributions in the liquidation of investment funds under British Virgin Islands law. »

Ingrid Pierce, global managing partner, Walkers

Walkers named Best Offshore Law Firm in Hedgeweek Awards

Tue, 05/03/2013 - 10:06

Law firm Walkers’ hedge fund team has been named top provider of offshore legal services by readers of Hedgeweek, one of the key publications serving the hedge funds and alternative investment industry. »

Jan Hoffmeister, co-founder, Drooms

Drooms launches virtual data room solution for AIFMD compliance

Mon, 04/03/2013 - 11:58

Drooms has launched AIFMD/command, a virtual data room solution for the large number of fund managers who are lacking the resources to comply with the incoming reporting obligations under the Alternative Investment Fund Management Directive. »

Magnifying glass

Orical launches Reliance Hub to improve hedge fund compliance and operational standards

Thu, 28/02/2013 - 14:06

The founding partners of Orical have launched Reliance Hub, which assists private fund managers and other companies in maintaining compliance and operational programmes that represent industry best practices. »

Cayman Islands

Fund Fiduciary Partners launches in Cayman

Wed, 27/02/2013 - 11:42

The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA) has given the stamp of approval to Cayman's newest independent director services provider, Fund Fiduciary Partners. »

Eddie Teare, Isle of Man Treasury Minister

Isle of Man sets new standard in tax transparency

Wed, 20/02/2013 - 14:04

The Isle of Man Government has set a new standard in tax transparency by agreeing the main details of an automatic information exchange package with the UK. »

Gonzalo Jalles, chief executive, Cayman Finance

Cayman Finance welcomes Moody's outlook on Cayman

Mon, 18/02/2013 - 14:02

Cayman Finance chief executive Gonzalo Jalles has welcomed recent news that Moody’s credit ratings agency has affirmed its Aa3 sovereign rating for the Cayman Islands, viewing the outlook on the country as “stable”. »

Steven Maijoor, ESMA chair

ESMA issues first risk report on EU securities markets

Fri, 15/02/2013 - 12:03

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published its first report on trends, risks and vulnerabilities in European Union securities markets and a risk dashboard for the fourth quarter 2012.  »

Nicola Smith, chief executive of Helvetic Fund Administration in Gibraltar

Europe’s elite not the only ones struggling under weight of compliance, says Helvetic

Thu, 14/02/2013 - 14:13

Compliance bosses for Europe’s largest asset managers are not the only ones struggling under the weight of increased regulation, according to Nicola Smith, chief executive of Helvetic Fund Administration in Gibraltar, who says that smaller funds are being forced to shut-up-shop in light of the costs needed to remain compliant. »

Short selling

ESMA seeks feedback for review of the Short Selling Regulation

Wed, 13/02/2013 - 10:07

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published a call for evidence on the evaluation of the EU regulation on short selling and certain aspects of credit default swaps (SSR).  »

Steven Maijoor, ESMA chair

ESMA rules aim to curb excessive risk taking by alternative fund managers

Mon, 11/02/2013 - 11:40

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published final guidelines on remuneration of alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs). »

Fraud

Two charged over USD311m global hedge fund fraud scheme

Mon, 11/02/2013 - 06:16

Two business associates in the hedge fund management industry have been charged with defrauding institutional investors and causing collective losses of more than USD311m, according to US Attorney Zane David Memeger. »

two fingers

Darian Capital Services addresses JOBS Act and AIFMD changes to private fund marketing

Thu, 07/02/2013 - 12:05

Darian Capital Services has launched two services to address impending US and European regulations that will change the way hedge and private equity funds are marketed. »

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Preqin Special Report: Hedge Fund Manager Outlook – Augst 2015

In this excerpt from Preqin Special Report: Hedge Fund Manager Outlook, we take a closer look at the level of competition in the industry today and use our latest survey results to reveal fund manager predictions for asset growth for the rest of 2015. ... »

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The Preqin Special Report: Private Debt Fund Manager Outlook features exclusive survey results drawn from over 100 private debt fund managers worldwide. This extract discusses what fund managers have highlighted as the biggest issues facing the industry and their views on regulation. ... »

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Cybersecurty for Hedge Funds

Cybersecurity for Hedge Funds

Thu, 30/07/2015 - 11:00

Cybersecurity is no longer simply an IT issue, it is now a business issue. This is the conclusion of the experts and fund managers around the world whose opinions were polled for this landmark Hedgeweek Special Report, which outlines Best Practices for Cybersecurity in a fast-changing environment where managers need to keep several steps ahead of cyber criminals... »

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Hedge fund manager outlook on the AIFMD

Wed, 22/07/2015 - 19:52

The introduction of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) into European law in 2013 was part of a series of moves towards greater regulatory oversight of the hedge fund industry in recent years. In our survey, we asked hedge fund managers for their views on the effect of these new regulations on the industry as well as their expectations about the impact of the AIFMD on their firm over the next 12 months, the results of which are analyzed in this extract from the Preqin Special Report: AIFMD in the Hedge Fund Industry – 2015 Update. ... »

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Ken MacCuish, Intralinks

A couple of years ago, the title Chief Information Security Officer, or CISO for short, was a foreign concept within the hedge fund community. The winds have changed, however, as hedge funds become increasingly targeted by cyber hackers, causing many to hire a CISO to uphold the network integrity of the firm.  ... »

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Sovereign wealth funds, though small in number and secretive in nature, wield considerable influence as investors as a result of their sizeable assets under management. This extract is taken from Preqin’s latest report which features exclusive content from the 2015 Preqin Sovereign Wealth Fund Review.  ... »

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