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Majority of fund managers remain opposed to AIFM Directive

Thu, 16/12/2010 - 06:26

A Preqin survey of over 100 alternative assets fund managers and investors found that just under a third support the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive to some extent, with firms in certain countries where the new legislation will replace more restrictive existing rules believing that it will serve to improve conditions. »

John Aspden, chief executive of the Isle of Man Financial Supervision Commission

Isle of Man says it will meet AIFM Directive criteria

Sun, 12/12/2010 - 16:17

Following approval of the Alternative Investment Fund Manager Directive by the European Parliament, the Isle of Man says it welcomes the final Directive and that work is under way to ensure it will meet key regulatory criteria.  »

Brian McDermott, head of investment funds at A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody completes investment fund company redomiciliation to Ireland

Sun, 12/12/2010 - 16:13

Law firm A&L Goodbody has completed the first investment fund company migration to Ireland from Bermuda, under new legislation which facilitates the effective redomiciliation of investment fund companies from six separate jurisdictions to Ireland.  »

Prison bars

Australian futures trader’s sentence upheld

Sun, 12/12/2010 - 12:18

Former futures trader Spartaco Fasciale has lost his appeal against a six year jail term for obtaining property and a financial advantage by deception and breaching his duties as a company director. »

British Virgin Islands

Appleby offering authorised representative services in BVI

Thu, 09/12/2010 - 11:26

Appleby Authorised Representative, an affiliate of Appleby Corporate Services (BVI), has been certified by the BVI Financial Services Commission to act as an authorised representative under the Securities and Investment Business Act 2010.  »

Report and magnifying glass

Caceis launches service for KID implementation

Tue, 07/12/2010 - 16:08

Caceis has launched a service that aims to help management companies implement the Key Information Document, which replaces the Ucits simplified prospectus on 1 July 2011. »

Marco Martins, head of Harney's Latin America practice

Harneys opens Montevideo office

Mon, 06/12/2010 - 12:04

Law firm Harneys has opened an office in Montevideo, Uruguay. »

Chris Bound, Collas Day’s senior partner

Law firms Collas Day and Crill Canavan merge

Thu, 02/12/2010 - 10:19

Collas Day in Guernsey and Crill Canavan in Jersey are to merge in the spring of 2011. »

Mary Shapiro, Chairman, SEC

SEC unveils rules for oversight of alternative asset managers

Mon, 22/11/2010 - 06:00

The Securities and Exchange Commission voted by a 4 to 1 majority on Friday to propose new rules to strengthen its oversight of investment advisers and fill key gaps in the regulatory landscape, notably by bringing managers of hedge funds and other alternative investments under its aegis. »

Regulation

Focus on regulation and new indices at Edhec-Risk forum in Monaco

Wed, 17/11/2010 - 14:42

At the fourth edition of the Edhec-Risk Institutional Days conference at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco on 8-9 December, Edhec-Risk Institute will be presenting research results on two key themes for the investment industry: regulation and indices. »

Scam

Gold Coast resident pleads guilty to international investment scam

Wed, 17/11/2010 - 13:06

Melanie June Miller of Mermaid Waters, Queensland, has been sentenced to six months imprisonment in the Southport Magistrates’ Court for her involvement in an international investment scam which raised almost AUD7m from Australian investors. »

Law books

Advent educates firms on potential impact of legislation

Tue, 16/11/2010 - 11:02

Advent Software, a provider of software and services to the investment management industry, has hosted a series of events to educate firms on the impact of cost basis legislation and what they can do to prepare. »

Rod Palmer, partner and global head of investment funds with Walkers

AIFM Directive approval boosts fund industry in Cayman Islands, BVI and Jersey

Mon, 15/11/2010 - 14:39

Law firm Walkers says the confirmation of the final terms of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive and the removal of uncertainty for non-European Union fund managers marketing non-EU funds in the EU is a very positive development for the investment funds industry in the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands and Jersey. »

Geoff Cook, chief executive of Jersey Finance

Jersey will meet AIFM Directive criteria, says Geoff Cook

Sun, 14/11/2010 - 12:05

Jersey Finance has welcomed the vote on the compromise agreement for the Alternative Investment Fund Managers EU Directive that was reached by European Parliament.   »

Lawsuit

Make or break time for litigation funding, says Fox Williams

Fri, 12/11/2010 - 06:27

Third party funding, where investors who have no other connection with litigation support legal claims in exchange for a financial return, is starting to take-off in the UK with a number of funds having been set-up to invest specifically in litigation. »

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Efama welcomes end to uncertainty for non-Ucits fund managers

Thu, 11/11/2010 - 15:43

The European Fund and Asset Management Association says it welcomes the end to the uncertainty that has faced fund managers of all non-Ucits investment funds since the European Commission’s initial proposals for legislation in April 2009, following the approval of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive by the European Parliament. »

SFA president Martin Thommen

Swiss Funds Association welcomes approval of AIFM Directive

Thu, 11/11/2010 - 13:24

The Swiss Funds Association has welcomed the European Parliament’s decision to pass the EU Directive on Alternative Investment Fund Managers. »

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European Parliament votes to approve new EU rules for alternative funds

Thu, 11/11/2010 - 13:17

New European Union-wide rules on the marketing of alternative investment funds overcame the final hurdle this afternoon when the European Parliament adopted, by 513 votes to 92 with three abstentions, the Directive on Alternative Investment Fund Managers. »

Lawsuit

Ageas receives support in proceedings against hedge funds holding MCS

Tue, 09/11/2010 - 11:05

Insurance company Ageas has received full support from the Commercial Court of Brussels in summary proceedings against certain hedge fund owners of mandatory convertible securities. »

Barney Lee, Appleby Guernsey

Offshore fund centres should co-operate as well as compete, say Appleby lawyers

Mon, 08/11/2010 - 16:28

Offshore jurisdictions should join forces to lobby larger nations and international organisations on matters affecting them, according to members of the offshore financial services industry. »

Brian McDermott, head of investment funds at A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody remains top legal adviser in Irish funds industry

Mon, 08/11/2010 - 16:23

A&L Goodbody remains the leading Irish legal adviser to the Irish funds industry, representing domiciled and non-domiciled funds with a combined asset value in excess of USD238bn, according to the Lipper Ireland Fund Encyclopaedia 2010/2011. »

Guy Hands, founder, Terra Firma Capital Partners

Citi welcomes unanimous EMI verdict

Sun, 07/11/2010 - 11:55

Citigroup says its trustworthiness as a bank is intact following Thursday's court victory over private equity group Terra Firma Capital Partners. »

Confusion

Industry unprepared for the AIFM Directive, poll suggests

Wed, 03/11/2010 - 05:59

The UK asset management industry needs to considerably ramp up its plans for responding to the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive as only two per cent of the industry currently has a plan in place that is being implemented. »

Guy Coughlan, chair of the LLMA technical committee

LLMA publishes documents to help standardise longevity market

Mon, 01/11/2010 - 14:13

The Life & Longevity Markets Association has launched a series of technical publications that aim to bring the creation of a longevity market a step closer.  »

Regulation books

Ireland further prepares for the AIFM Directive

Fri, 29/10/2010 - 06:03

The Irish funds industry has welcomed a harmonised framework for alternative investment fund managers and the regulatory changes to Irish collective investment schemes. »

Geoff Cook, chief executive, Jersey Finance

Jersey Finance welcomes personal tax rate proposals

Thu, 28/10/2010 - 05:58

Jersey Finance has welcomed the Council of Minister’s proposals to retain the jurisdiction’s personal taxation rate at 20 per cent. »

Dark pool

Iosco proposes regulatory oversight principles for dark liquidity

Wed, 27/10/2010 - 16:47

The Technical Committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions has published a consultation report containing principles to assist securities markets authorities in dealing with issues concerning dark liquidity. »

Regulation

European Parliament sees its priorities through on hedge funds directive

Wed, 27/10/2010 - 16:13

European Parliament and Council negotiators on Tuesday overcame the final major hurdles to an agreement on the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive. »

Andrew Baker, chief executive of Aima

Considerable progress made on AIFM Directive, says Aima

Wed, 20/10/2010 - 16:12

The Alternative Investment Management Association says there has been considerable progress on the content of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive following the compromise reached yesterday by EU ministers. »

Tamara Menteshvili, CISX chief executive

Asian role can bolsters islands’ EU position, says Jersey adviser

Wed, 20/10/2010 - 06:00

The Channel Islands can enhance their value to Europe Union through business growth in emerging markets, according to the former chairman of the Jersey Financial Services Commission, the island’s financial regulator. »

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