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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. »

Philip Canessa, Gibraltar Finance

Gibraltar - Onshore European option for managers using AIFMD

Thu, 17/12/2015 - 21:29

Gibraltar is a peninsula located on the southern tip of Iberia and is home to 32,000 people. It is the only British jurisdiction located in continental Europe. For managers, particularly those based in the UK, who are searching for options on where to establish an AIF, and indeed an AIFM, to comply with the AIFM Directive, the fact that Gibraltar is an English-speaking peninsula, uses Sterling as its currency, and has a legal system based on English common law, makes it highly appealing.  »

Derbhil O'Riordan, Dillon Eustace

Ireland - Europe’s leading hedge funds jurisdiction

Thu, 17/12/2015 - 21:23

Dillon Eustace is one of Ireland's leading law firms focusing on corporate and M&A, financial services, banking and capital markets, litigation and dispute resolution, real estate, insurance and taxation. Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, the firm's international practice has seen it establish offices in Tokyo, New York, Hong Kong and the Cayman Islands. »

Crestbridge receives Jersey ‘ManCo’ licence and bolsters funds team

Crestbridge receives Jersey ‘ManCo’ licence and bolsters funds team

Wed, 18/11/2015 - 09:04

Crestbridge in Jersey has been approved by the Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC) to provide Management Company (ManCo) solutions to Jersey funds, adding further to its offshore and onshore alternative fund servicing and management capabilities. »

Denise Voss, ALFI

Luxembourg’s service providers focus on AIFM solutions

Fri, 23/10/2015 - 11:41

One of the biggest challenges of AIFMD is that it directly impinges on investment activities at the manager level, as opposed to the fund level under the UCITS IV framework. This has required a shift in mindset, not just for managers, but also fund authorities in well-established fund jurisdictions such as Luxembourg.  »

Alan Picone, Kinetic Partners

A future centre of substance for AIFMs

Fri, 23/10/2015 - 11:31

Luxembourg has carved out a significant position as Europe's leading onshore fund domicile over the last 20 years. This has largely been based on the popularity of UCITS funds, and the fact that the UCITS brand is now one with genuine global investor appeal.  »

Cortland granted FCA authorisation

Cortland granted FCA authorisation

Wed, 07/10/2015 - 14:49

Cortland Capital Market Services has received authorisation from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to perform regulated activities vital to the company's client base of investment managers and commercial lenders. »

Guernsey extends market access to EU countries under AIFMD

Guernsey extends market access to EU countries under AIFMD

Thu, 10/09/2015 - 15:42

Guernsey has extended market access to EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers (AIFMs) and Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) doing business in Guernsey. »

CREFC Europe calls for data and evidence based approach from regulators in response to EBA’s consultation on ‘slotting’

CREFC Europe calls for data and evidence based approach from regulators in response to EBA’s consultation on ‘slotting’

Fri, 14/08/2015 - 10:37

The Commercial Real Estate Finance Council Europe (CREFC Europe) has highlighted two primary concerns over the European Banking Authority’s (EBA) draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) on assigning risk weights to specialised lending exposures (SLEs). »

EU confirms Guernsey endorsement

EU confirms Guernsey endorsement

Mon, 10/08/2015 - 12:57

The EU Commission has confirmed its continued endorsement of Guernsey as a cooperative jurisdiction following a meeting between officials in Brussels. »

INREV urges relaxation of EMIR requirements for real estate fund managers

INREV urges relaxation of EMIR requirements for real estate fund managers

Mon, 10/08/2015 - 12:42

INREV, the European Association for Investors in Non-Listed Real Estate Vehicles, has called on the European Commission to consider steps to reduce the complexity and cost of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) for real estate fund managers. »

Bermuda fully committed to EU funds passport approval

Bermuda fully committed to EU funds passport approval

Wed, 05/08/2015 - 07:34

Bermuda remains fully committed to the process of qualifying under rules set out by the European Union for third-country rights for Island-based alternative fund managers. »

ESMA advises on extension of AIFMD passport to non-EU jurisdictions

ESMA advises on extension of AIFMD passport to non-EU jurisdictions

Thu, 30/07/2015 - 14:05

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published its Advice in relation to the application of the AIFMD (Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive) passport to non-EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers (AIFMs) and Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) and its Opinion on the functioning of the passport for EU AIFMs and the national private placement regimes (NPPRs).  »

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European real estate urges EBA to reconsider shadow banking rules

Mon, 29/06/2015 - 07:30

The European real estate industry has expressed concern over draft European Banking Authority (EBA) guidelines that could both limit how much banks can lend to real estate and lead to real estate funds being inappropriately caught by future shadow banking regulations. »

John Seo, Fermat Capital Management

Cat bonds – issuance, yields and what’s to come

Mon, 13/04/2015 - 12:46

Dr John Seo (pictured), Co-Founder and Managing Principal, Fermat Capital Management on the UK government’s plans for tax legislation allowing cat bonds to be issued from and domiciled in the UK… »

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City Noble calls on a ban for DB to DC transfers

Mon, 30/03/2015 - 13:23

There has been speculation that defined benefit transfer volumes will increase after April as clients seek to take advantage of the new flexibility, says Eamonn O’Connor, Director at City Noble… »

Rolf Bachner, Managing Director, EMEA Funds Product Manager, BNY Mellon

UCITS V fine tunes investor protection

Thu, 19/03/2015 - 11:37

Rolf Bachner (pictured), Managing Director, EMEA Funds Product Manager, BNY Mellon, commenting on the new UCITS V regulations… »

Luxembourg

CORESTATE Capital now offers AIFM-certified investment vehicles

Mon, 16/02/2015 - 09:00

CORESTATE’s Luxembourg-based subsidiary CORESTATE Capital Fund Management has obtained a license to operate as an alternative investment fund manager (AIFM) from the Luxembourg Financial Sector Supervisory Commission (CSSF).  »

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Montello granted regulated UK fund manager status

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 13:00

Montello has received full regulatory status from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) as a UK fund manager.  »

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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. »

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