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Switzerland’s challenge is Germany’s opportunity

Fri, 16/01/2015 - 16:45

The eurozone could soon see full scale quantitative easing, says Robert Smith, Investment Manager of the Baring Asset Management German Growth Trust… »

Peter Cripwell, RiskSystem

Annex IV impact will be substantial

Tue, 13/01/2015 - 10:20

Ahead of the 31 January 2015 deadline for Annex IV reporting, Peter Cripwell (pictured), CEO of RiskSystem, gives his views on the issues it’s having on the industry… »

Dominic Wheatley, Guernsey Finance

A unique offering for Latin American investment

Wed, 17/12/2014 - 10:13

Dominic Wheatley (pictured), Chief Executive of Guernsey Finance, explains how the Island provides Latin American fund managers and investors with a unique offering. »

Ben Eaton, Goodwin Procter

UK Finance Bill 2015 draft clauses sow further uncertainty

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 11:58

Ben Eaton (pictured), a UK tax partner in Goodwin Procter’s London office, comments on the Finance Bill 2015 draft clauses published by the UK government… »

Luxembourg

ALFI clarifies position on ‘LuxLeaks’

Mon, 08/12/2014 - 12:00

ALFI, the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry, has moved to clarify the position of Luxembourg-domiciled funds in relation to the recent discussions on the so-called “LuxLeaks”. »

John Cartwright, AREF

AREF welcomes UK's proposed stamp duty land tax relief

Thu, 04/12/2014 - 11:20

John Cartwright (pictured), Chief Executive of the Association of Real Estate Funds (AREF), comments on the UK government’s objective to introduce stamp duty land tax relief in 2016… »

Marketing

FCA master feeders reporting decision creates marketing opportunity for US managers, says ConceptOne

Wed, 12/11/2014 - 11:40

On 1 October the UK's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) clarified its position that US managers with master-feeder structures would not be required to report on positions held in the master if only the feeder was marketed into the UK.   »

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Common Swedish definition for property type “Public Use” now in place

Thu, 06/11/2014 - 16:02

A common definition for “Public Use” properties in Sweden has now been put in place thanks to a collaboration between some of the major players in the Swedish property sector. »

Alexandre Jaumotte, PwC

SCSp gives real estate fund managers greater choice

Fri, 24/10/2014 - 13:53

PwC Luxembourg is the leading professional services firm in the country with around 2,400 people. Similarly, its Real Estate and Infrastructure team is the largest multidisciplinary team of specialists in the Grand Duchy with more than 250 experts supporting global real estate managers; these range from tax advisers and engineers to auditors and fund accountants. »

Kavitha Ramachandran, Maitland

Luxembourg leads in AIFMD stakes

Fri, 24/10/2014 - 13:47

By Kavitha Ramachandran, Maitland - As the alternative investment market matures, investors are increasingly demanding far more information and transparency from fund managers in return for their capital. Transparency is the new name of the game. In this regard, the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) may be viewed as a single piece of regulation, but its ultimate aims are more or less in line with other regulatory changes such as MiFID II/MiFIR and PRIPS. There will come a point where the reporting and transparency requirements demanded under the AIFMD will become the minimum accepted standard needed to attract investors. »

Justin Partington, Ipes

Luxembourg develops the right ecosystem to support PERE managers

Fri, 24/10/2014 - 13:41

A true sign of how well a fund jurisdiction is doing is the level of growth, not just in new fund formations, but asset growth within administration firms. The onset of the AIFMD has opened up a new range of services for administrators, in particular by providing a Depo Lite solution to managers running non-EU funds. »

Mario Mantrisi, Senior Advisor to the CEO and Member of the Executive Board at KNEIP

Annex IV reporting: the challenges of a moving target

Fri, 24/10/2014 - 13:36

There is no experience as the one gained in the front lines. The fund industry struggles with changing regulation, and those companies whose business model is based on providing reporting services know best that the devil lies in the detail. The following are a number of observations after 12 months of report production and filing of the Annex IV Transparency Reports of AIFMD. »

Jean-Daniel Zandona, Director, Financial Institution/Asset Managers at Credit Suisse Luxembourg

Full service menu to handle European regulations

Fri, 24/10/2014 - 13:32

It is fair to say that alternative fund managers are feeling a degree of regulatory fatigue. Every month, it seems, there are updates, developments and areas of additional compliance. But whilst on the surface this can appear overwhelming, digging a little deeper reveals that service providers are positioning themselves to offer a more complete set of value-added solutions. »

Jesper Steiness, Advent

Growing appetite for hybrid fund structures

Fri, 24/10/2014 - 13:28

“There has been a lot of fund activity in Luxembourg this year focused on private equity and real estate. It’s an area of growing investor demand. They are looking for different options now and ways for investing that go beyond hedge funds,” observes Jesper Steiness, director of business development EMEA at Advent (Luxembourg). »

Paul Van den Abeele, Clifford Chance

SCSp is now part of the fund structuring toolbox

Fri, 24/10/2014 - 13:22

“The Special Limited Partnership (SCSp) has been successfully introduced into Luxembourg law. It is set to benefit from onshore fund activity following the AIFMD and is of particular interest to Anglo-Saxon managers and investors given their familiarity with limited partnership structures,” explains Paul Van den Abeele (pictured), Partner at Clifford Chance (Luxembourg). »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Luxembourg braces itself for increased PERE fund activity

Fri, 24/10/2014 - 13:01

According to figures released by ALFI at the end of July 2014, there were 3,891 funds with total assets of EUR2.90trn. By comparison, at the end of 2013 the size of Luxembourg’s fund industry was EUR2.61trn with 3,902 funds. During 2013 the number of sub-funds increased by 265 and there were 279 SICARs established. Between end-2012 and end-2013, the number of Specialised Investment Funds (SIFs) – Luxembourg’s most popular regulated fund vehicle – increased from 1,485 to 1,562. »

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FCA is now ready to receive Annex IV reports for the AIFMD 

Tue, 21/10/2014 - 15:13

Tim Thornton, managing director, global client delivery, Mitsubishi UFJ Fund Services, comments on news that the FCA is now ready to receive Annex IV reports for the AIFMD… »

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Augentius approved as Luxembourg depositary

Tue, 21/10/2014 - 12:01

Augentius has received authorisation from the Ministère des Finances, Luxembourg to act as an authorised depositary to private equity and real estate funds under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD). »

Regulation

Crestbridge report examines key AIFMD issues

Mon, 20/10/2014 - 06:15

Risk management, cost and changes in fund structuring are the key issues for managers and investors arising from the initial impact of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD), according to Crestbridge. »

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Confluence engages Fundsquare to simplify AIFMD filing for asset managers

Fri, 17/10/2014 - 14:04

Confluence is collaborating with Fundsquare to provide secure delivery of AIFMD Transparency Reporting to all National Competent Authorities (NCAs) across Europe. »

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ConceptONE’s AIFMD Annex IV Solution available for AIFMs to meet 30 October deadline

Wed, 15/10/2014 - 16:00

ConceptONE is geared up to file AIFMD Annex IV reports for AIFMs in all major EU National Competent Authorities (NCAs). »

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FCA and ESMA release new guidance on AIFMD and Annex IV reporting

Mon, 06/10/2014 - 11:08

AIFMD Annex IV reporting is rapidly approaching for alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs) and with that deadline has come a last minute scramble to determine reporting requirements, according to ConceptOne. »

Regulation

Most Belgian REITs seek new operating company status to avoid costly burden of fund-focused AIFMD rules, says EPRA

Tue, 30/09/2014 - 11:39

Most Belgian REITs have called shareholder meetings in the coming weeks to vote on adopting a new corporate status that legally separates them from funds, which face additional regulatory constraints and higher costs imposed by the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD), according to the European Public Real Estate Association (EPRA). »

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‘Border controls’ imposed by domestic regulators inhibit cross-border fund marketing

Mon, 22/09/2014 - 16:01

Domestic regulations in Europe are inhibiting the cross-border benefits of the European Commission’s Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD), according to analysis by law firm CMS. »

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Alceda granted AIFM licence in Luxembourg

Mon, 15/09/2014 - 14:03

Alceda Fund Management has been granted a licence to act as Alternative Investment Fund Manager (AIFM) by the Luxemburgish Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF). »

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SGSS secures Ciloger mandate

Fri, 12/09/2014 - 16:04

Societe Generale Securities Services (SGSS) is to provide depositary and regulatory reporting services within the framework of the Alternative Investment Funds Management Directive (AIFMD) to Ciloger. »

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CREFC Europe responds to Bank of England’s paper on improving availability of UK credit data

Fri, 29/08/2014 - 14:20

The Commercial Real Estate Finance Council Europe (CREFC Europe) has submitted its response to the Bank of England’s discussion paper on improving the availability of UK credit data, focusing specifically on commercial real estate (CRE) debt market information. »

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UK finance industry welcomes Social Media Charter

Wed, 27/08/2014 - 14:02

Key figures from the UK’s financial industry have welcomed the launch of the Social Media Charter, which aims to ensure compliant use of social media. »

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FCA's no-go for CoCos

Mon, 18/08/2014 - 15:00

Anthony Smouha, manager of GAM Star Credit Opportunities comments on the FCA’s CoCos announcement… »

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Willis launches first UK Shariah-compliant real estate insurance

Wed, 13/08/2014 - 14:04

Willis Group, the global risk adviser, insurance and reinsurance broker, has launched the UK’s first Shariah compliant commercial real estate insurance. »

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Cayman Islands Hedge Fund Services 2014

Cayman Islands Hedge Fund Services 2014

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 10:24

With service providers reporting growth in hybrid funds, funds for single investors and bespoke managed accounts, this report examines the regulations and new services being developed in Cayman to tackle the fast-changing offshore funds market... »

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Christopher ELvin, Preqin

977 private equity funds held a final close throughout the year raising a total of USD486bn, higher than any annual amount between 2009 and 2012, and on track to match the 2013 total. Preqin’s Christopher Elvin (pictured) reviews a year of private equity fundraising:  ... »

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Andrew Milligan, Standard Life Investments

2015 a pivotal year for global markets

Mon, 22/12/2014 - 09:57

Standard Life Investments, the global investment manager, believes that 2015 has all the hallmarks of a pivotal year for global financial markets. Andrew Milligan, Head of Global Strategy, Standard Life Investments, comments… ... »

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Over half of infrastructure funds that closed in 2014 exceeded their fundraising target, up from 37% of funds in 2013. Andrew Moylan, Preqin’s Head of Real Assets Products, takes a look at infrastructure fundraising over the last 12 months: ... »

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Guide to relocation 2014

Guide to Relocation 2014

Mon, 24/11/2014 - 10:53

The GFM Guide to Relocation 2014 draws together in one volume the key points covering the relocation of investment funds and managers to the following major jurisdictions – The Bahamas, BVI, Guernsey, Malta and Ticino... »

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