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Law books and gavel

Citi launches compliance support for hedge and private equity funds

Tue, 14/09/2010 - 10:30

Citi’s global transaction services unit has launched a suite of regulatory administration and compliance support services for hedge funds, private equity funds and their SEC registered investment advisers.  »

Regulation

Survey shows concerns about new regulatory structure in UK

Sun, 12/09/2010 - 11:08

A survey conducted by Kinetic Partners of over 90 senior figures in the asset management, banking and broking industries shows a lack of confidence in future structures for regulating financial services in the UK. »

Stephen Sims, Macfarlanes

Macfarlanes advises Haymarket Financial on fundraising with Future Fund

Wed, 08/09/2010 - 16:08

Law firm Macfarlanes has advised Haymarket Financial, the new corporate lender, on its fundraising with Australia’s Future Fund. »

Grant Stein, global managing partner, Walkers

Opinion: Fiscal transparency in the Cayman Islands

Tue, 07/09/2010 - 06:00

In the first of two articles, Grant Stein (pictured), global managing partner of international law firm Walkers, argues that contrary to popular stereotypes, the Cayman Islands are not only fully committed to tax transparency and information-sharing but are actively involved in the OECD’s decision-making process for shaping international standards in this area. »

Lawsuit

Alternative Decisions launches legal alerts for alternative community

Thu, 02/09/2010 - 14:07

Alternative Decisions has launched a legal alerts service for the alternative investment industry using Linex Systems technology. »

Regulation

Newedge welcomes EU derivative reform

Tue, 31/08/2010 - 11:10

Newedge Group, a provider of multi-asset brokerage and clearing, says it supports the European Commission’s legislative proposals to reform the over-the-counter derivatives market. »

Irish flag

Ireland removes requirement for non-resident declarations by fund investors

Sun, 22/08/2010 - 13:27

Dechert’s Declan O’Sullivan and Conor Durkin outline recent changes in revenue practice under which Irish funds may obtain an exemption from the Irish Revenue Commissioners making it easier for investors to subscribe for shares/units in an Irish fund. »

Amir H. Alavi, Ahmad, Zavitsanos & Anaipakos

Delaware court clears way for coordination of hedge fund investors

Wed, 18/08/2010 - 13:53

Attorneys from Houston's Ahmad, Zavitsanos & Anaipakos have helped a hedge fund investor earn a ruling at the Delaware Supreme Court that will allow investors in failed hedge funds to investigate their losses as a group while coordinating potential legal actions. »

Electronic trading floor

Iosco publishes principles for direct electronic access to markets

Mon, 16/08/2010 - 06:23

The technical committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions has published principles designed to guide intermediaries, markets and regulators on the areas of pre-conditions for direct electronic access, information flow and adequate systems and controls. »

Brian Fahey, TerraNua chief executive

TerraNua launches latest version of MyComplianceOffice

Wed, 11/08/2010 - 12:15

TerraNua, a provider of investment compliance solutions, has launched a new version of MyComplianceOffice for hedge fund and private equity firms. »

Law books and gavel

Court of Appeal overturns judgements in Lehman client money case

Wed, 04/08/2010 - 07:03

The Court of Appeal has handed down its judgment on the appeals made against Justice Briggs’ judgments in an application for directions brought by the joint administrators of Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (in administration). »

Guernsey plans timing for move to automatic exchange of information

Guernsey plans timing for move to automatic exchange of information

Thu, 29/07/2010 - 06:30

Guernsey’s government plans to give financial institutions a window from 1 January 2011 to 1 July 2011 for moving to automatic exchange of information. »

Regulation

Dodd-Frank Act changes regulatory regime for investment advisers

Tue, 27/07/2010 - 10:25

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act will significantly change the regulatory regime governing investment advisers, particularly investment advisers to private funds, such as hedge funds and private equity funds, a report by law firm Pillsbury says. »

ETFs

Pillsbury warns hedge funds about ETF ownership limits

Mon, 26/07/2010 - 10:19

Law firm Pillsbury says hedge funds should be aware that substantially increasing their long positions in exchange-traded funds could result in a violation of the ownership limit set forth in the Investment Company Act of 1940. »

Guernesy

Butterfield Fulcrum says reorganisation will not mean business leaving Guernsey

Mon, 26/07/2010 - 08:03

Staff changes at its Guernsey office is not a precursor to the transfer of fund administration operations outside the island, according to alternative fund service provider Butterfield Fulcrum Group. »

Disclosure

ASIC updates disclosure guidance for capital protected products

Thu, 22/07/2010 - 14:17

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has released a report outlining its key findings from a review of selected product disclosure statements for capital protected products and other structured or derivative products marketed to retail investors. »

Prison bars

Christopher Koch sentenced to 13 years in jail

Thu, 22/07/2010 - 12:52

Former high profile motivational speaker Christopher Philip Koch has been sentenced in the Melbourne County Court to 13 years and two months jail on charges brought by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. »

Abdulla Al Awar, chief executive of the DIFC Authority

Dubai makes changes to collective investment funds regime

Wed, 21/07/2010 - 16:08

The Dubai International Financial Centre Authority has welcomed a series of regulatory changes to the DIFC’s collective investment funds regime. »

Matthew Hudson, MJ Hudson

Private equity lawyer launches law firm MJ Hudson

Mon, 19/07/2010 - 06:03

Private equity lawyer Matthew Hudson has formed a new law firm, MJ Hudson, to provide legal advice on the formation of specialist investment funds and structuring deals. »

Kevin McNulty, Isla’s chief executive

Isla unsure what benefit German ban on naked short selling holds

Mon, 12/07/2010 - 14:13

The International Securities Lending Association says it is disappointed in Germany’s decision to ban the naked short selling of certain assets, including the prohibition of credit default swaps on government bonds. »

ISLA chief executive Kevin McNulty

ICMA and ISLA partner on global master agreements workshops

Tue, 06/07/2010 - 14:18

The International Capital Market Association and the International Securities Lending Association will partner to hold joint public workshops on the Global Master Repurchase Agreement and the Global Master Securities Lending Agreement. »

Ponzi scheme

Madoff Ponzi effect influences investor due diligence

Wed, 30/06/2010 - 12:07

As a result of recent frauds and Ponzi schemes, a Madoff effect has developed, altering the nature and scope of investor due diligence, according to a study by Corgentum Consulting. »

Survey

IFA consultation into life settlement industry launched

Mon, 28/06/2010 - 10:47

The European Life Settlement Association has launched a retail market consultation into the practices and issues surrounding life settlements. »

Document signing

CFTC issues exemption to Bursa Malaysia Derivatives

Thu, 24/06/2010 - 06:05

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued an order to Bursa Malaysia Derivatives permitting designated Bursa Malaysia members to solicit and accept orders and customer funds directly from US customers for trading on that exchange without having to register with the CFTC as futures commission merchants.  »

Kevin McNulty, chief executive of Isla

Isla urges European Commission to harmonise short selling regulation

Wed, 23/06/2010 - 16:04

The International Securities Lending Association is urging consistent and proportionate regulation for short selling, in response to a current European Commission consultation exercise. »

Peter Niven, chief executive of Guernsey Finance

Guernsey Finance welcomes tax consultation document

Wed, 23/06/2010 - 13:15

The Guernsey Government’s publication of a consultation document on its future corporate tax regime has been welcomed by the promotional agency for the island’s finance industry. »

Short selling

ASIC starts reporting of short positions

Wed, 23/06/2010 - 05:54

The Australian Securities & Investments Commission has started daily reporting of aggregated short positions, which will be published on the ASIC website. »

Gibraltar

Gibraltar ends distinction between onshore and offshore business

Sun, 20/06/2010 - 14:05

The government of Gibraltar has published the text of the new, amended and consolidated Income Tax Act, which ends all distinction between “onshore” and “offshore” business. »

Islamic

Islamic banking regulation to be implemented in Afghanistan

Fri, 18/06/2010 - 06:19

H.E. Abdul Qadir Fitrat, governor of the Central Bank Afghanistan, says the regulation of Islamic banking in Afghanistan should be implemented in the country within next two months. »

Fraud

SEC charges money manager and firm touting ties to Belgian royal family

Tue, 15/06/2010 - 16:04

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a New York-based money manager and his firm with fraud for touting investments he claimed were tied to the Chimay royal family of Belgium, and then stealing millions of dollars to pay his divorce lawyers and the mortgage on his house in the Hamptons. »

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