Tag Archives: European Union

10 takeaway points on Luxembourg’s RAIF

The Luxembourg law on reserved alternative investment funds (RAIF) is a welcome addition to the alternative investment funds (AIF) industry and we have seen keen interest from the fund and asset management industry in this new platform. Since its introduction last summer, for the first time in Luxembourg there is the ability to set up … Continue Reading

ESMA Advice Extending the AIFMD Passport: Including the United States, Hong Kong, Singapore and Switzerland

On 18 July 2016 the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its advice to the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on the application of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) passport to non-EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers (AIFMs) and Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) in twelve non-EU countries: Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Cayman … Continue Reading

The SBEEA: Register of Significant Beneficial Ownership

The SBEEA (Part I: People with Significant Control) Against the backdrop of an increasing push for greater transparency of company ownership, the Small Business Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (“SBEEA“) took effect on 6 April 2016 which implements the beneficial disclosure requirements of the EU Fourth Money Laundering Directive. The SBEEA imposes a requirement on … Continue Reading

Brexit for asset managers and fund managers – don’t panic, it may not be as bad as it at first appears!

UK regulated fund managers and asset managers should bear in mind that, while the Brexit vote has occurred, this does not bind the UK Parliament. As of the date of writing (12 July 2016), the process of withdrawal under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty has not yet started. Although the timetable for withdrawal under … Continue Reading

What should UK and non EU AIFMs be doing now?

This post was authored by Jacqui Hatfield, regulatory partner at Reed Smith LLP, London. The AIFMD trigger date occurred on 22 July this year, with a 12-month transitional period (TP) in place in the UK for (i) existing UK managers of AIFs (UK AIFMs), and (ii) non-EU managers of AIFs (Non-EU AIFMs) actively marketed in … Continue Reading

Now they tell us – EU admits AIFMD may not be suitable for venture capital

On 1 July 2011, the European Union Directive on Alternative Investment Fund Managers (AIFMD) was published (PDF) in the Official Journal of the European Union and is now law. It is no secret that, since the European Commission first mooted the concept of a generic platform for regulating non-retail investment management in Europe, there has been strong criticism … Continue Reading

EU Financial Transactions Tax – The Battle Lines are Drawn!

In May 2011 the European Commission published the responses to a consultation paper (PDF) issued in February which asked the European Community to provide its views on the following: whether a new tax on the financial sector should be introduced; if so, what impact the tax would have; and how it should be designed and implemented? In its paper, … Continue Reading

Guernsey optimistic about the AIFMD – Own Goal for Europe?

On Wednesday I attended the very well-organised Guernsey Funds Forum at the Grange St Paul’s Hotel in London organised by Guernsey Finance. There were three very interesting panel discussions, excellently moderated by TV news anchor Alastair Stewart.  The first of these concentrated on the perhaps rather predictable topic of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive … Continue Reading

AIFM Directive – Happy to sit and wait in the sun?

The controversial European Alternative Investment Management Directive (AIFMD), finally adopted by the European Parliament last November, was originally expected to be published in early 2011, so triggering a two year period in which Member States would be required to get their rule books in order to ensure consistent fund management regulation across the EU. Five … Continue Reading
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