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Legal & General gets green light for East London build-to-rent scheme

Tue, 25/10/2016 - 11:32

Legal & General’s plans for a major mixed use build-to-rent (BTR) development in Walthamstow have been approved by the planning committee of Waltham Forest Council. »

Unite Students secures planning consent for Liverpool site

Mon, 17/10/2016 - 11:24

Student accommodation specialist Unite Students has secured planning consent for a 1,085 student bedroom development in the centre of Liverpool. »

Daniela Klásen-Martin, Crestbridge Luxembourg

Crestbridge Luxembourg to act as manager in first RAIF platform

Wed, 12/10/2016 - 09:17

Crestbridge in Luxembourg will act as the manager for the first platform to be launched under Luxembourg’s recently introduced Reserved Alternative Investment Fund (RAIF) regime. »

Workspace secures Mare Street planning consent in Hackney

Fri, 07/10/2016 - 09:17

Workspace Group has been granted planning permission for the redevelopment of Mare Street Studios in Hackney. »

Scarborough submits planning application for phase two of Middlewood Locks, Manchester

Mon, 03/10/2016 - 10:45

FairBriar International, a joint venture between Scarborough Group International, Hualing Group and Metro, has submitted an application for detailed planning consent for the second phase of its 24-acre Middlewood Locks development. »

Dr Maria Chetcuti Cauchi, Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates

The NAIF: Europe’s missing piece of the jigsaw

Thu, 22/09/2016 - 16:25

The Maltese Notified Alternative Investment Fund (NAIF) fills a gap in Europe's fund market. According to Dr Stefania Grech, Financial Services Associate, Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates, an unregulated fund was the one product missing in the Maltese Fund Industry. "Now, from a European perspective, there is no discrimination when it comes to the creation of an unregulated vehicle, offshore versus onshore. »

Paul Mifsud, Managing Director at Sparkasse Bank

Malta’s SCC gathers momentum

Thu, 22/09/2016 - 14:56

Malta has been quite innovative in providing certain infrastructure for the securitisation cell company (SCC) and securitisation in general. According to the MFSA, 30 securitisation vehicles have launched so far this year, and Sparkasse Bank Malta, plc. has been a beneficiary of this phenomenon. »

r Jean C Farrugia, senior partner at DF Advocates

Malta ushers in the Notified AIF

Thu, 22/09/2016 - 14:54

On 10 June 2016, Malta burnished its reputation when the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) launched the Notified Alternative Investment Fund (NAIF) regime through the publication of the Investment Services Act (List of Notified AIFs) Regulations in the Malta Government Gazette. »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Malta’s service provider community sees good times ahead

Thu, 22/09/2016 - 14:48

Whether it’s providing AIFM management company solutions, depositary lite solutions, or simply providing start-up managers with a high-touch level of service, Malta’s service provider community continues to evolve with the times.  »

Dr Louis de Gabriele, head of the Corporate and Finance practice group at Camilleri Preziosi Advocates

Key features of Malta’s new regime

Thu, 22/09/2016 - 14:45

Dr Louis de Gabriele, head of Camilleri Preziosi Advocates’s Corporate and Finance practice group, outlines the benefits of Malta’s Notified AIF (NAIF) regime… »

Paulianne Nwoko, Managing Director of Apex Fund Services (Malta)

Factors that make Malta an ideal fund jurisdiction

Thu, 22/09/2016 - 14:41

Apex Fund Services has been operating in Malta since 2008 and has seen, first hand, how quickly the island has evolved into one of Europe's leading onshore fund jurisdictions.  »

Professor Joseph Bannister, MFSA

Increasing interest in using Malta for securitisation transactions

Thu, 22/09/2016 - 14:36

Professor Joseph Bannister (pictured) of the Malta Financial Services Authority explains how the island is positioning itself as a leading European securitisation market… »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Malta’s NAIF regime is a regulatory masterstroke

Thu, 22/09/2016 - 14:31

With the recent introduction of the Notified AIF regime, Malta is positioning itself to provide fund promoters with an unregulated fund where speed to market is of the essence.  »

Kenneth Farrugia, Finance Malta

Brexit allows Malta to consolidate UK relationship

Thu, 22/09/2016 - 14:09

The shock Brexit result this June sent ripples across Europe as individual Member States absorbed the news. And whilst some jurisdictions have been quick to seize the initiative on the back of the uncertainty that UK firms face – especially as it relates to passporting for London's much lauded financial services industry – Malta is focusing on maintaining the harmonious relationship it has with the UK. »

Workspace secures planning consent for Stratford development

Mon, 19/09/2016 - 09:29

Workspace Group has been granted planning permission for the redevelopment of Stratford Office Village in London. »

Scottish property industry calls for residential LBTT rates reform

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 10:25

The Scottish Property Federation (SPF) has called for the 5 per cent threshold of residential land and buildings transaction tax (LBTT) to be raised to GBP500,000 in the light of evidence suggesting a downturn in the value and number of transactions in the first year of the tax.  »

AXA IM - Real Assets to transform Parisian office building into five-star lifestyle hotel

Wed, 27/07/2016 - 14:58

AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets has received planning permission to redevelop a mixed-use office-led asset in central Paris into a luxury five star hotel. »

St Modwen and Glenfinnan secure consent for gas-fired CCGT power station

Fri, 22/07/2016 - 12:21

Meaford Energy, a 50/50 joint venture between St Modwen Properties and Glenfinnan, has secured a development consent order (DCO) for a GBP300 million combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power station with a generating capacity of up to 299 MWe. »

Extending the AIF marketing passport to non-EU countries crucial for investor choice, says Invest Europe

Extending the AIF marketing passport to non-EU countries crucial for investor choice, says Invest Europe

Wed, 20/07/2016 - 09:04

This week’s recommendation on extending the alternative investment marketing ‘passport’ to fund managers in up to 12 non-EU countries is an important step towards improving choice for investors, says Invest Europe. »

ESMA advises on extension of funds passport to 12 non-EU countries

ESMA advises on extension of funds passport to 12 non-EU countries

Tue, 19/07/2016 - 13:03

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published its advice regarding the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) passport to non-EU AIFMs and AIFs in 12 countries. »

Luxembourg approves Reserved Alternative Investment Fund vehicle

Luxembourg approves Reserved Alternative Investment Fund vehicle

Fri, 15/07/2016 - 08:00

The law introducing a new Luxembourg alternative fund structure, the Reserved Alternative Investment Fund (RAIF), has been approved by the Luxembourg Parliament and will come into force three days after publication in Luxembourg’s Official Gazette Mémorial.   »

Andrew Whittaker

Guernsey ready for third country AIFMD passport

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 15:11

On 30 June 2016, the European Securities and Markets Authority ('ESMA') is expected to announce further details on the timing and the composition of the third country passport for the first wave of countries that include Guernsey, Jersey and Switzerland. This follows ESMA's announcement last summer that Guernsey had demonstrated the ability to satisfy the criteria required under AIFMD.  »

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. »

European flags

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.  »

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.  »


Passporting post Brexit

Thu, 30/06/2016 - 09:29

In the wake of last week’s referendum result, there are obviously a number of questions regarding regulation and passporting. Bobby Johal, Managing Consultant, Cordium, comments… »

AIFMs welcome ‘flexibility of NPPR’ when accessing Europe

AIFMs welcome ‘flexibility of NPPR’ when accessing Europe

Thu, 11/02/2016 - 08:52

National private placement regimes (NPPR) continue to offer the flexibility and ease of access for marketing into Europe that appeal to fund managers, a London funds audience has heard. »

Kenneth Farrugia, FinanceMalta

Malta - Professional Investor Funds gain traction

Thu, 17/12/2015 - 21:37

Malta has come a long way as a fund jurisdiction since it joined the EU in 2004. Through June 2015, Malta had 146 licenced entities holding Category 1A (advisory), Category 3A and Category 4A licences. In terms of growth trends, one interesting observation is that the number of retirement schemes being established in Malta is on the rise. There are 35 such retirement schemes currently, compared to 11 in 2013. In addition, Malta is home to some 14 retirement scheme administrators, illustrating that the international pensions space is gaining traction.  »

Dominic Wheatley, Gurnsey Finance

Guernsey - Demonstrating clear value for fund managers

Thu, 17/12/2015 - 21:34

Guernsey's funds industry is demonstrating clear value to fund managers and is increasingly being viewed as a world-leading jurisdiction in which to establish investment funds; in particular hedge funds and private equity funds. »

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