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Sapient Global Markets launches FATCA compliance suite

Wed, 09/10/2013 - 14:38

Sapient Global Markets has launched a suite of software and services to help companies meet the new requirements of the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). »

Andrew Baker, AIMA chief executive

AIMA publishes updated guide to sound practices for hedge fund valuation

Wed, 09/10/2013 - 14:02

The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund industry association, has updated its Guide to Sound Practices for Hedge Fund Valuation. »

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ESMA guidelines make risk stats mandatory requirement for AIFMD reporting

Mon, 07/10/2013 - 12:00

Investor Analytics sees ESMA’s recently updated guidelines as firmly placing risk statistics like value-at-risk and sensitivity analysis as mandatory requirements for AIFMD reporting. »

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FINMA investigating possible manipulation of foreign currency exchange rates

Mon, 07/10/2013 - 10:12

FINMA, the Swiss financial regulator, is currently conducting investigations into several Swiss financial institutions in connection with possible manipulation of foreign exchange markets. »

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Kinetic Partners offers background checks on fund managers

Mon, 07/10/2013 - 06:01

Kinetic Partners is now offering a global background checking service to complement its investor led fund, fund manager and service provider operational due diligence (ODD) services. »

Steven Maijoor, ESMA chair

ESMA clarifies reporting requirements for alternative fund managers

Tue, 01/10/2013 - 16:02

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published final guidelines on the reporting obligations for alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs). »

Fiona Le Poidevin, chief executive of Guernsey Finance

Guernsey event to look at practical aspects of AIFMD implementation

Mon, 30/09/2013 - 06:04

Funds experts will examine Guernsey’s approach to the EU’s Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) at an event in London this November. »

Jessica Roland, Guernsey managing partner, Mourant Ozannes

Mourant Ozannes leads the field in the offshore market

Fri, 27/09/2013 - 16:02

Mourant Ozannes continues to lead the field in the offshore market, according to the latest rankings published by Legal 500 UK. »

Fabrice Cuchet, Dexia Asset Management

The AIFMD will not alter the success of UCITS, says Dexia's Fabrice Cuchet

Mon, 23/09/2013 - 17:19

For European asset management firm Dexia Asset Management, there’s no immediate hurry to become compliant under the newly introduced AIFM Directive. »

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SEC charges 23 firms with short selling violations

Tue, 17/09/2013 - 17:41

The Securities and Exchange Commission has launched enforcement actions against 23 firms for short selling violations. »

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China to allow hedge funds to raise money and invest overseas

Sun, 15/09/2013 - 23:34

Six hedge fund groups are to be allowed to raise up to USD50m each in China and invest it overseas, according to an unconfirmed report in the 21st Century Business Herald, a local newspaper. »

David Cameron

Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories are not tax havens, says Cameron

Thu, 12/09/2013 - 14:00

The UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, has stated that he does not think it fair to refer to Jersey, Guernsey and other UK Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories as tax havens. »

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EC's proposed regulatory changes would have ‘far-reaching’ impact of MMFs

Thu, 12/09/2013 - 12:27

Money market fund (MMF) regulation proposed by the European Commission on 4 September, if adopted, would have far-reaching implications for the EUR1trn MMF industry and cash investors, according to Fitch Ratings… »

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ICI Global welcomes EU Council’s legal concerns over financial transaction tax

Wed, 11/09/2013 - 12:06

Keith Lawson, ICI Global Senior Counsel, Taxation, comments on the Council of the European Union Legal Service opinion regarding the current Financial Transaction Tax proposal under consideration by some EU member countries… »

Risk

Hedge funds pose no systemic risk to financial system, says ASIC report

Tue, 10/09/2013 - 14:05

Australian hedge funds do not currently pose a systemic risk to the Australian financial system, according to the finding of an ASIC report. »

Risk

CFTC publishes Concept Release on risk controls for automated trading environments

Mon, 09/09/2013 - 18:08

The CFTC has approved for publication in the Federal Register a Concept Release on Risk Controls and System Safeguards for Automated Trading Environments. »

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Murano helps funds and investors comply with AIFMD reverse solicitation process

Mon, 09/09/2013 - 10:04

Murano’s Chromic Reverse Solicitation Process (Chromic RSP) enables investors and fund managers to comply with the AIFMD reverse solicitation conditions. »

Kathleen Casey, chair, AIMA

AIMA publishes enhanced statement of principles

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:24

The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund industry association, has published an enhanced statement of policy principles. »

Regulation

ESMA advises Commission on equivalence of non-European derivatives rules

Wed, 04/09/2013 - 14:15

The European Securities and Market Authority (ESMA) has published its advice to the European Commission on the equivalence of the regulatory regimes for OTC derivatives clearing, central counterparties (CCPs), and trade repositories (TR) of non-EU countries with the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). »

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Seven Capital Management granted AIFM approval

Tue, 03/09/2013 - 06:02

Seven Capital Management has become one of the first French asset management companies to be granted AIFM approval by the AMF board. »

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Philip Falcone and Harbinger Capital agree SEC settlement

Mon, 19/08/2013 - 23:17

New York-based hedge fund adviser Philip A Falcone and his advisory firm Harbinger Capital Partners have agreed to pay more thean USD18 million and admit worngdoing to settle chrages brought by the US Securities and Exchange Commission.   »

Doug Shulman, Kinetic Partners

The successful evolution of the SEC

Sun, 18/08/2013 - 11:04

By Douglas Shulman, Director, Regulatory Compliance, Kinetic Partners – The Madoff fraud was a turning point for the regulatory environment and the US Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC” or the “Commission”).  »

Cayman Islands

Cayman and US conclude FATCA negotiations

Thu, 15/08/2013 - 06:42

The Cayman Islands Government (CIG) has concluded negotiations with the US on a Model 1 intergovernmental agreement (IGA) and a new tax information exchange agreement (TIEA).  »

Australia

ASIC makes rules on dark liquidity and high-frequency trading

Mon, 12/08/2013 - 11:03

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has released its market integrity rules on dark liquidity and high-frequency trading. »

Andrew Shrimpton, global head of regulatory compliance at Kinetic Partners

Kinetic Partners helps Piquant Technologies become first UK hedge fund authorised according to AIFMD

Fri, 09/08/2013 - 12:00

Kinetic Partners, the professional services firm, has supported Piquant Technologies, a new UK-based quantitative fund manager, to become the first hedge fund authorised according to the Alternative Investment Fund Management Directive (AIFMD). »

Michael Sanders, chairman of the board at Alceda Fund Management SA

Alceda applies for AIFM licence in Germany and Luxembourg

Thu, 08/08/2013 - 13:30

Alceda has applied for a licence as an Alternative Investment Fund Manager (AIFM) with Alceda Asset Management GmbH in Germany and Alceda Fund Management SA in Luxembourg. »

Michelle Carroll, BDO

IMA proposals for fund charges will increase transparency and costs

Sun, 04/08/2013 - 07:49

Michelle Carroll (pictured), Partner of the Financial Services Group at BDO, comments on the IMA issuing a public consultation on fund charges… »

Holly Singer, HS Marketing

The new rules of marketing: Guidelines for managers

Sun, 04/08/2013 - 07:31

The SEC ruling of 10 July 10 2013 lifting the ban on general solicitation and advertising of private placements ushered in a new era of communication opportunities and challenges for hedge fund managers. »

Gary Brackenridge, global head of the hedge funds business line at Linedata

Linedata launches compliance managed service

Tue, 30/07/2013 - 10:05

Linedata has launched the Linedata Compliance Managed Service to address the complexity of global hedge fund regulations by incorporating rule monitoring across different geographies and jurisdictions. »

Jad Comair, founder and chief investment officer, Melanion Capital

Melanion Capital formally recognised as an innovative startup (JEI) by French Ministry of R&D

Mon, 29/07/2013 - 13:37

Just weeks after being given the green light by French markets regulator AMF (Autorité des Marchés Financiers) to become the first alternative manager to specialise in investment in dividend futures, Melanion Capital has received an additional accolade from the French authorities. »

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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

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.  ... »

Special report
Hedgeweek Special Report: Hedge Fund Administration

Hedge Fund Administration 2015

Tue, 16/06/2015 - 09:57

Mergers and acquisitions in recent years have changed the face of hedge fund administration. Big custodial banks are likely to dominate the HFA space in years to come, forming one part of a barbell with a number of well-run, well-capitalised independent HFAs on the other end. This report examines the implications for both hedge funds and their administrators... »

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North America

Private debt in North America

Fri, 05/06/2015 - 12:06

The North American private debt industry has seen substantial growth in assets over the last decade. This extract from the Preqin Special Report: Private Debt in North America looks at the current state of private debt fundraising and funds currently in market. ... »

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