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Elsa launches life settlements code of practice

Wed, 06/10/2010 - 14:01

The European Life Settlements Association has launched a code of practice designed to increase protection for investors in the expanding asset class of life settlements. »

Missed target

Basel III misses opportunity to break down silo culture in banking, says Algorithmics

Mon, 04/10/2010 - 12:00

Algorithmics, a provider of risk solutions, says Basel III is lacking in its conceptual approach to capital and liquidity. »


FSA fines and bans broker for taking kickbacks

Tue, 28/09/2010 - 19:02

The FSA has fined a former cash equities broker GBP252,239 and banned him from working in the financial services industry for “acting without integrity”. »

Adrian Odell, head of funds at Crill Canavan

Law firm introduces new fund structure for Jersey

Wed, 22/09/2010 - 06:14

A new fund structure for Jersey has been devised by Jersey-based law firm Crill Canavan and fund administrator Herald Fund Services. »

Andrew Boyce, corporate partner at Carey Olsen

Carey Olsen advises on Stenham purchase of Montier Partners

Sun, 19/09/2010 - 10:35

Lawyers from Carey Olsen’s corporate team have provided Guernsey legal and regulatory advice to Stenham Asset Management, the London based fund of hedge funds group, on its acquisition of Montier Partners. »

Stefan Mai, head of market policy and European public affairs, Deutsche Börse and Eurex

Deutsche Börse welcomes proposal for OTC derivatives market reform

Fri, 17/09/2010 - 06:19

Deutsche Börse Group has welcomed the intended regulation on over-the-counter derivatives, central counterparties and trade repositories as presented on Wednesday by the European Commission. »

Peter De Proft, director general of Efama

Efama welcomes regulation of OTC derivatives

Thu, 16/09/2010 - 14:19

The European Fund and Asset Management Association has welcomed the publication of a regulation on over-the-counter derivatives, central counterparties and trade repositories. »

Jesús Benito, chief executive of Iberclear

BME and Clearstream welcome details of OTC derivatives regulation

Thu, 16/09/2010 - 10:12

Bolsas y Mercados Espanoles, the Spanish stock exchange operator, and Clearstream, the post trade arm of Deutsche Börse Group, have welcomed the details on trade repositories for over-the-counter derivatives published by the European Commission. »

Short selling

European Commission short selling disclosure threshold too low, says Isla

Wed, 15/09/2010 - 16:48

Proposed short selling disclosure regulations announced by the European Commission are too stringent and threaten market efficiency, according to the International Securities Lending Association. »

Andrew Baker, chief executive of Aima

Aima to respond to FSA on remuneration

Tue, 14/09/2010 - 12:14

The Alternative Investment Management Association, the hedge fund industry association, is to respond to the UK’s Financial Services Authority’s consultation on remuneration. »

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.  »


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. »


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. »


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. »


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. »


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. »


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. »


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. »

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