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Gilson Gray to double capacity of prime Edinburgh office

Wed, 22/02/2017 - 10:06

Legal firm Gilson Gray has doubled the capacity of its centrally located Edinburgh office after rapid growth in its first three years. »

Castle Student gets green light for Middlesbrough development

Thu, 09/02/2017 - 14:07

Castel Student has acquired and obtained planning permission for a student accommodation development on the site of the former Douglas House in central Middlesbrough. »

Basildon Council approves Swan’s plans for Laindon Centre

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 13:07

Swan’s plans to deliver the retail-led regeneration of the Laindon Centre will become a reality after Basildon Council’s Planning Committee voted to approve the company’s planning application. »

A ‘KURE’ for regulatory fatigue

Mon, 06/02/2017 - 11:12

By Ras Sipko, KOGER – For the past four years, alternative fund managers with US investors have been coming to terms with the far-reaching effects of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act or FATCA. Some 60-plus countries have signed up to cooperate with the IRS in order to enforce FATCA and this year the compliance burden is set to grow yet again. On 31st May 2017, fund managers will have to submit their first filing under the OECD Common Reporting Standards initiative, which can best be thought of as global FATCA or 'GATCA'. »

James Williams, Global Fund Media

Multiple growth drivers boost Ireland’s Funds Industry

Mon, 06/02/2017 - 11:04

There are a number of encouraging developments in Ireland that would, on the surface, appear to place it on a strong footing to further enhance its reputation as Europe's leading onshore alternative funds jurisdiction.  »

Cyril Delamere, ML Capital

ML Capital evolves fund solutions offering

Mon, 06/02/2017 - 10:55

ML Capital, one of Ireland's leading management company groups, has grown to exceed EUR3 billion of AUM over the last 12 months. The growth trajectory over recent years has enabled ML Capital to evolve from being a leading UCITS platform operator to being more of a fund solutions provider to managers and investors alike.  »

John Bohan, Apex Fund services

Moving towards the paperless office

Mon, 06/02/2017 - 10:50

The Irish Government is keen to embrace the FinTech revolution as is evidenced by its IFS2020 strategy for International Financial Services, which aims to create 10,000 new jobs in the IFS sector by 2020.  »

Linda Gorman, Quintillion

Forging closer links with clients

Mon, 06/02/2017 - 10:42

Alternative fund managers have had a myriad of regulatory change to contend with over recent years. In the early stages, many chose to take on the reporting burden themselves. This was very much a learning curve.  »

James Williams, Global Fund Media

Ireland: Positioning to be the European RegTech leader

Mon, 06/02/2017 - 10:34

Dublin's International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) employs over 38,000 people and is home to some of the world's leading financial institutions; industry stalwarts such as Merrill Lynch, ABN Amro, JP Morgan.  »

BPF and LGA publish guidance for public-private sector partnerships

Thu, 26/01/2017 - 09:09

The British Property Federation (BPF), which represents the UK commercial real estate sector, and the Local Government Association (LGA), which represents 370 councils in England and Wales, have launched a report highlighting best practice for public-private sector collaboration. »

Real estate industry focuses on Brexit opportunities

Wed, 25/01/2017 - 08:08

Following confirmation by the government on its outline plans for the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Property Industry Alliance (PIA) has identified the opportunities and key considerations that the real estate industry needs to take from Brexit.  »

Gina Miller, SCM Direct

UK government loses Gina Miller Brexit vote appeal

Tue, 24/01/2017 - 09:51

A majority of eight to three of the Supreme Court judges has found in favour of Gina Miller’s (pictured) campaign that the UK Government cannot trigger Article 50 to begin the formal process of leaving the European Union without an Act of Parliament.  »

Crosslane submits application for Coventry student accommodation

Wed, 18/01/2017 - 13:57

Crosslane Student Developments has submitted its first planning application in Coventry, to deliver a 583 bed purpose-built student accommodation development on Friar’s Road. »

Property Owner BIDs could boost investment in northern cities

Tue, 17/01/2017 - 12:57

The Northern BIDs Group, the industry body for Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) in the North of England, has welcomed the inclusion of Property Owner BIDs in the government’s legislative agenda for 2017. »

Consent granted for Scarborough’s Middlewood Locks development

Fri, 16/12/2016 - 13:22

FairBriar International has been granted detailed planning consent by Salford City Council for phase two of Scarborough International Properties’ (SIPL) 24.5 acre Middlewood Locks development, a residential and commercial neighbourhood at the western gateway to Manchester's Central Business District. »

Todd Moyer, Confluence

RegTech to trigger asset management back office transformation in 2017

Fri, 16/12/2016 - 09:10

Confluence predicts that the rise of regulatory technology (RegTech) in 2017 will trigger a transformation of the asset management back office, with improved data management and technology solutions delivering operating model improvements through automation. »

Titan case casts a long shadow over CMBS market

Thu, 17/11/2016 - 09:42

The fallout from a landmark court ruling on the Titan v Colliers negligent valuation case continues to have widespread ramifications in the commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) market. »

Francois Pfister, Ogier

Legislation reform and arrival of Chinese banks spell good news for Luxembourg

Thu, 10/11/2016 - 13:39

Signs including a new unregulated fund product, reform of company law and the moves of eight Chinese banks to Luxembourg suggest a bright future for Luxembourg, says Ogier practice partner Francois Pfister. »

Timothe Fuchs, Fuchs Asset Management

Know your investors before launching in Europe

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 11:36

Timothe Fuchs (pictured) is the CEO of eponymous Luxembourg-based Fuchs Asset Management. With regulation becoming so vast and complex, especially in Europe, he is in no doubt that alternative investment managers need all the help they can get with respect to the day-to-day operational and compliance demands of running AIFMD-compliant funds. »

Lee Godfrey, KNEIP

The virtues of good data governance

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 11:31

As asset managers face a barrage of global regulation and compliance demands, one of the biggest challenges they face is knowing who is responsible for the firm's data and where its source is located.  »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Luxembourg well placed to capitalise on Fintech revolution

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 11:26

Fund jurisdictions will need to keep their finger on the pulse of digital technology if they are to remain competitive over the coming years. Disruptive players are springing up on a daily basis offering innovative payment solutions, transaction solutions to improve efficiency.  »

Kavitha Ramachandran, Maitland Group

On track to launch first set of RAIFs

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 11:23

The introduction of the Reserved Alternative Investment Fund under the Luxembourg Bill of Law N∞6929 (Bill 6929) this year could be a game changer for the jurisdiction. In short, the RAIF is an investment fund product that removes the double layer of regulation. Rather, the regulation focuses on the AIFM and crucially, gives fund sponsors a quicker time to market.  »

Jean-Florent Richard, BNP Paribas Securities SErvices

Ready for the RAIFolution

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 11:03

The recently introduced Reserved Alternative Investment Fund (RAIF) is compelling to fund managers because although it is not subject to direct supervisory authority from the CSSF, it is still a fully AIFMD-compliant product, benefiting from the European passport for marketing to professional investors in Europe.  »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

The RAIF: A game changer for Luxembourg

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 10:56

Earlier this year, Luxembourg passed a new law establishing the Reserved Alternative Investment Fund (RAIF) Regime. It is a regime that embraces the concept of AIFMD being manager-focused regulation. The RAIF, unlike the heretonow popular SIF, does not need to be under the direct supervision of Luxembourg's regulator, the CSSF. Instead, the RAIF merely needs to appoint an authorised AIFM, based in Luxembourg or any other EU jurisdiction.  »

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. »

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