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Keith Parker, Link Asset Services

Fund governance changes loom large

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 13:07

By Keith Parker, Link Asset Services – The Irish funds industry had another bumper year with total assets for 2017 growing by EUR298 billion – a 16 per cent year-on-year increase – to a record high of EUR2.4 trillion1, a substantial figure and testament to the attractiveness of Ireland as a global funds domicile. Of this total just over 76 per cent represents UCITS funds’ assets, the balance representing alternative assets. More than 900 fund managers from 50-plus countries have assets serviced in Ireland.2 »

Mark Crossan, Bridge Consulting

Changing times in Irish funds

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 13:00

By Mark Crossan, Bridge Consulting – Irish Funds are on the move again. Every couple of years there is a new product evolution. In 2015 we had the introduction of the ICAV (Irish Collective Asset Management Vehicle) and 2018 is shaping up to be no different. Not only could this year be the year that Ireland gets its eagerly awaited revamped Investment Limited Partnership (ILP) structure, but it looks like other changes are afoot as well. »

Gayle Bowen, Pinsent Masons

New loan origination QIAIF regime - finally a viable option?

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 12:44

By Gayle Bowen & Aongus McCarthy, Pinsent Masons – Under new rules implemented by the Central Bank of Ireland (“Central Bank”) last month, Irish Loan Originating Qualifying Investor AIFS (“L-QIAIFs”) are now permitted to adopt broader credit focussed strategies. Previously L-QIAIFs were prohibited from engaging in any activities other than lending and ancillary related operations. This restriction was generally viewed by industry as the main obstacle to their growth in the Irish market.  »

James Williams, Global Fund Media

Updated Irish structure set to attract new wave of PE managers

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 12:24

Ireland’s investment funds industry shows no sign of slowing with total AUM reaching EUR2.4 trillion by end of 2017. That’s a 16 per cent growth year-on-year and represents a new high watermark for the jurisdiction, as alternative fund managers continue to set up UCITS and QIAIFs. »

Kim Fournais, Saxo Bank

Saxo Bank welcomes ESMA’s measures in relation to margin trading

Thu, 29/03/2018 - 10:41

Saxo Bank has welcomed ESMA’s recently announced measures in relation to the provision of CFDs to retail clients. The measures include caps on leverage which Saxo Bank considers fair and proportionate. »

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FCA welcomes UK-EU agreement on Brexit transitional period

Thu, 29/03/2018 - 10:01

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has welcomed the agreement reached on the terms of an implementation – or transitional – period that will apply following the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. »

EC proposals for UCITS and AIFM amendments don’t go far enough

Fri, 16/03/2018 - 10:54

ALFI comments on the EC proposal amending UCITS and AIFM Directives… »

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The EU's GDPR – What does it mean for US-based firms?

Tue, 09/01/2018 - 17:36

  By Olivia Munro – As the deadline to the GDPR steadily approaches, it is important to start preparing for the regulation if you haven’t already.  In case you aren’t aware, the EU took a major step to protect their citizens’ personal data and privacy rights by instating the EU Greater Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is scheduled to go into effect on 25 May, 2018.  However, just because the GDPR is an EU regulation, it doesn't mean that US based firms are exempt.  »

Richard Baker, MFA

MFA welcomes EC equivalence decision for US derivatives trading venues

Wed, 06/12/2017 - 10:37

The European Commission’s decision to adopt an implementing decision on equivalence of the legal and supervisory framework for US-designated contract markets and swap execution facilities (SEFs) is a welcome step forward according to the MFA. »

SIX survey finds traders are concerned with growth of passive investing

Tue, 28/11/2017 - 13:53

Key findings from Swiss exchange SIX’s survey of Traders include the fact that 88 per cent of traders have seen a shift from active towards passive investing and 72 per cent expect the level of passive investing to rise further next year. »

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