Digital assets’ disruptive potential could herald a seismic shift in markets, with crypto hedge funds bringing bumper returns uncorrelated to other asset classes – but investors remain wary of the patchwork of ad-hoc rules and regulations covering the sector.
Legal & Regulation
Firms falling within the remit of the FCA’s new Investment Firm Prudential Regime (IFPR) cannot afford to be passive. They need to set themselves on the right path now if they are to meet the January 2022 compliance deadline. Some firms have a long road ahead as the new rules mean a ten-fold rise in their capital requirements.
By A Paris – January 2022 may seem far away but the preparations financial services firms in the UK need to make to comply with the incoming Investment Firm Prudential Regime (IFPR) are considerable and they need to think about it now, if they haven’t done so already. The new rules are going to usher in significant change for a large swathe of firms active in the UK market.
Most hedge fund managers have taken action to protect their firm’s data from external attacks. However, there is a growing recognition of the importance of shielding the firm from risks which can breed within the firm itself, and also protecting data in transit particularly in the hybrid working environment most of the world currently finds itself in.
By Neil Coxhead (pictured), Waystone – On 7 May 2021, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), unveiled plans to create a new regime with the specific aim of channelling investment into more illiquid assets, giving asset managers a hint of how UK fund regulation will develop after Brexit.
By Bao Nguyen, Nick Tootle and Stephen Ng (pictured) – With a new administration in office, an evolving regulatory landscape, and tax changes potentially on the way, investment funds should be proactive about watching for any shifts in tax policy or compliance requirements that might impact future planning.
By A Paris — From the appeal of no income tax, to the supportive business community and the weather and lifestyle it offers, Florida has continued on its upward trajectory as an attractive location for financial and technology firms.
Boutique law firm Kleinberg Kaplan has been recognised by Chambers USA 2021 as a leading firmin the “Hedge Funds (USA – Nationwide)” category, with three Kleinberg Kaplan partners being individually highlighted.
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has sent 4,430 of its employees on compulsory cyber and information security courses over the past two financial years – (FY 19-20 and FY 20-21) – to help combat the growing threat of financial crime, such as money laundering and fraud, according to official figures.
By Gian Kull (pictured), head of special situations and uncorrelated strategies at Syz Capital – Litigation is a costly procedure. Available resources can have a substantial impact on outcomes, and smaller players are often disadvantaged against large corporations. However, the growth in litigation finance is helping to balance the scales.