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James Williams, Global Fund Media

Malta in a post-Brexit world

Tue, 26/06/2018 - 09:59

With Brexit due to be finalised in the next nine months, picking the right EU jurisdiction has become a key strategic consideration, both for established hedge fund managers and start-up managers, who need a “Plan B” to ensure continued use of passporting rights to distribute their funds to EU investors. »

Ethereum

LIMEYARD launches crypto asset index

Tue, 19/06/2018 - 12:25

New Switzerland-based index provider LIMEYARD has launched its Crypto Asset Index, together with Decentriq, a FinTech enabling financial institution, to benefit from distributed ledger technology based in the Swiss crypto valley. »

Bernd Harnish, Publicis

Publicis.Sapient and European DataWarehouse to build securitisation repository for new STS regulation

Fri, 15/06/2018 - 09:05

Publicis.Sapient has been selected by the European DataWarehouse (ED) to build the first securitisation repository under the new EU regulation for Simple, Transparent and Standardised (STS) securitisations, expected to take effect in 2019. »

Ivan Gowan, Capital com

Capital.com becomes first CFD provider to be fully compliant with ESMA regulations

Tue, 05/06/2018 - 21:57

Fintech company Capital.com is the first CFD trading platform to become fully compliant with the regulations published by the European Security and Markets Authority (ESMA). »

Tony Shaw, SIX

Traders split on success of MiFID II

Tue, 29/05/2018 - 09:03

Traders disagree over whether MiFID II has been successful, according to new research by SIX, with a combined 70 per cent of traders surveyed by the Swiss exchange believing that trading has become more transparent –  a key goal of MiFID II. »

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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