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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

Luxembourg has deposited a new Bill of Law with the Luxembourg Parliament called 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. »

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.  »

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