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Daniel Maycock

Brexit unlikely to impact outsourced AIFM model for UK AIFs

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 15:02

For start-up managers wishing to run an onshore European AIF, the compliance and regulatory complexities might, at first glance, appear overwhelming. There are significant reporting obligations under Annex IV and regulatory capital considerations, whilst risk management is far broader in scope, extending into every facet of a fund manager's operations. »

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Chapter 2: Regulations & compliance

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 14:57

Such is the complexity of the regulatory landscape in Europe that it is enough for any new start-up manager to resemble Edvard Munch's `The Scream'. Alongside the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID), is the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) and just to add to the complexity, MiFID II is scheduled to go live in 2018.  »

Dr Isabelle Agius

Assessment of Malta’s AIF fund structuring environment

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 14:52

By Dr Isabelle Agius, Senior Manager, MFSA Regulatory Development Unit  – The transposition in Malta of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive1 ('AIFMD') strengthened the Maltese regulatory framework applicable to Alternative Investment Fund Managers ('AIFMs') and further reinforced the integrity of the financial system. Even though the AIFMD focussed on establishing a European framework aimed at regulating and supervising AIFMs, the Malta Financial Services Authority ('MFSA') went beyond the AIFMD and made provision for a structured framework for the regulation and supervision of Alternative Investment Funds ('AIFs').  »

Gerben Oldekamp

The Netherlands - A cost efficient option for start-up managers

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 14:46

Whilst the Netherlands might not be foremost when people think about choosing their preferred European jurisdiction, there are many advantages it has to offer. The Dutch regulator, the Authority for the Financial Markets ('Autoriteit Financiële Markten', or 'AFM'), is proactive, swift at processing licenses for full-scope AIFMs, and easy to approach if the manager has anything that needs clarifying.  »

Donnacha O'Connor

Irish ICAV continues to gather momentum

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 14:42

Since the Irish Collective Asset Management Vehicle (ICAV) came into effect on 18 March 2015, more than 157 vehicles had been authorised by the Central Bank of Ireland (through March 2016), according to the latest statistics released by Irish Funds, the representative body for Ireland's cross-border investment funds industry. In total, these funds have more than EUR8.4bn in AUM and have attracted net positive inflows every single month.  »

Claude Niedner, Arendt & Medernach

Chapter 1: Legal & fund structuring

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 14:39

Over the years, Ireland has built out its financial services industry to become Europe's de facto onshore alternative funds domicile.  »

Sunil Gopalan

2016 Guide to setting up an Alternative Investment Fund in Europe - Introduction

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 14:25

The publication of this Guide comes as shockwaves from the UK's decision to withdraw from EU membership continue to reverberate across the world, raising several challenges for UK-based asset managers distributing across the EU. »

EBS BrokerTec and ICAP Information Services launch EBS CNH Benchmark

EBS BrokerTec and ICAP Information Services launch EBS CNH Benchmark

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 12:41

EBS BrokerTec and ICAP Information Services (IIS) have launched the EBS CNH Benchmark, a fully electronic, trade-backed reference rate for the offshore Chinese renminbi (CNH) market. »

MUFG Investor Services appoints Marc Russell-Jones as head of business development for EMEA

MUFG Investor Services appoints Marc Russell-Jones as head of business development for EMEA

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 12:38

MUFG Investor Services, the global asset servicing arm of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, has appointed Marc Russell-Jones as head of business development for EMEA. »

Barclays Bank fined USD560,000 for submitting inaccurate LTRs for physical commodity swaps

Barclays Bank fined USD560,000 for submitting inaccurate LTRs for physical commodity swaps

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 12:31

Barclays Bank is to pay a USD560,000 penalty to settle Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) charges that it failed to submit accurate large trader reports (LTRs) for physical commodity swap positions.  »

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