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FFIs must be FATCA compliant as deadline approaches

Mon, 29/12/2014 - 14:00

Tim Thornton, Chief Data Officer at Mitsubishi UFJ Fund Services, comments on the December 31 FATCA deadline… »

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Data management and reporting solutions are key to achieving operational efficiency

Tue, 23/09/2014 - 15:32

It’s a fair assumption to say that the proliferation of hedge fund regulation has spurred technology providers to produce newer, innovative solutions.  »

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IFIA develops corporate governance code for fund service providers

Wed, 23/07/2014 - 16:34

The Irish Funds Industry Association (IFIA) has introduced a new Corporate Governance Code designed for fund service providers. »

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Alter Domus adopts Thomson Reuters FATCA solution

Wed, 23/07/2014 - 15:03

Alter Domus, a provider of fund administration and fund services, has adopted Thomson Reuters FATCA solution across its services platform to improve client identification and on-boarding. »

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All companies in La Française Group are now authorised AIFMs

Tue, 22/07/2014 - 10:04

La Française Group has obtained AIFM approval for all its management companies. »

Regulation

AIFMD will bring ‘greater stability’

Mon, 21/07/2014 - 14:54

Arnaud Claudon, head of depositary banking, BNP Paribas Securities Services, says AIFMD will bring ‘greater stability’ to European alternatives market… »

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Full compliance still some way off as AIFMD deadline arrives, says BNY Mellon

Mon, 21/07/2014 - 14:12

There is a compliance shortfall among alternative investment funds (AIFs) on the eve of the deadline for Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) authorisation, according to research by BNY Mellon. »

Regulation

Interactive Data launches solution to address AIFMD requirements

Fri, 18/07/2014 - 16:00

Interactive Data, a provider of independent evaluated pricing and reference data services, has introduced a solution to help financial institutions address the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD). »

Risk

Thomas Murray Data Services launches risk solution for depositary banks under AIFMD

Fri, 18/07/2014 - 14:30

Thomas Murray Data Services has launched a suite of products and has been working with a number of depositary banks to provide a total risk solution to ensure depositary bank compliance with the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD). »

Regulation

Chatham Financial expands regulatory services ahead of EMIR and AIFMD deadlines

Thu, 17/07/2014 - 14:00

Chatham Financial has launched new services within its consulting practice and ChathamDirect Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform to help fund managers navigate the Alternative Investment Fund Management Directive (AIFMD) and the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). »

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Langham Hall authorised by the FCA as PE AIF depositary and depositary lite

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 12:06

Langham Hall has received Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) authorisation to act as a private equity Alternative Investment Fund (AIF) depositary acting for AIFs within the UK and EEA who market into the Europe. »

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Augentius Depositary secures FCA authorisation

Wed, 09/07/2014 - 16:05

Augentius Depositary Company Limited has received authorisation from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to act as an authorised depositary to private equity and real estate funds in accordance with the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD). »

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SS&C GlobeOp depositary “Lite" service fully authorised

Tue, 08/07/2014 - 14:00

SS&C GlobeOp has obtained Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) approval for its Depositary “Lite" service offering. »

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Jersey sees strong private placement uptake in run up to end of AIFMD transition

Mon, 30/06/2014 - 14:08

With less than one month to go until the transitional phase of the EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) comes to an end, Jersey is seeing a strong take-up in its private placement route into Europe. »

Regulation

Maitland launches AIFMD fund platform in Luxembourg

Fri, 20/06/2014 - 14:01

Maitland has received approval from the Luxembourg regulator (CSSF Luxembourg) for its Alternative Investment Fund Manager Directive (AIFMD) compliant management company and specialised investment fund. »

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New rules for green property to deliver FairTrade-like climate bonds labelling

Thu, 19/06/2014 - 11:53

The Climate Bonds Green Property Working Group of 16 international experts has published its proposed rules as to the type of buildings that can be used to issue Certified Climate Bonds.  »

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British firms fined over GBP500m by FCA in 2013, says Kinetic Partners

Wed, 18/06/2014 - 14:06

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) penalised British firms a total of GBP506.94m (USD770m) in 2013, according to research from Kinetic Partners. »

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MiFID II published in the Official Journal of the EU

Fri, 13/06/2014 - 11:58

The EU has published MiFID II in the Official Journal (OJ) following more than two and a half years of consultation and negotiation. »

Regulation

Rise of big data to put UK financial services firms in regulatory firing line

Thu, 12/06/2014 - 06:00

The exponential growth of Big Data will trigger a sharp rise in UK financial services firms being investigated, and potentially fined, by regulators, according to Data-as-a-Service provider Anomaly42. »

James Roberts, BDO

Corporate reporting guidance from FRC is timely and important

Tue, 10/06/2014 - 12:17

James Roberts (pictured), Audit partner at BDO, welcomes The Financial Reporting Council’s (FRC) announcement of a programme of work to promote clear and concise reporting from which investors can draw conclusions about a company’s performance, position and prospects… »

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Jersey to host four day conference and seminar in partnership with the US SEC

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 15:00

Jersey is to host a high level conference organised jointly by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Jersey Financial Services Commission. »

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ATFA’s Robert J Shapiro and Nancy Soderberg support Argentina's settlement with Paris Club

Fri, 30/05/2014 - 14:49

Following Argentina's agreement to resolve its USD9.7 billion in debts to Paris Club member nations within five years, American Task Force Argentina co-chairs Robert Shapiro and Ambassador Nancy Soderberg have declared their support for Argentina's pledge to act responsibly and encouraged the Argentine government to go further. »

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Regulators’ expenditure increases by nearly 60 per cent in recent years

Wed, 28/05/2014 - 12:00

US, UK and Hong Kong financial services regulators have increased their expenditure over the last seven years by 59.4 per cent, an average of 8.075 per cent each year, since the end of fiscal year 2006/07, according to Kinetic Partners. »

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Clearstream issues monitoring report to help depositary banks comply with AIFMD

Tue, 27/05/2014 - 15:00

Clearstream has issued the Domestic Markets Monitoring Report to support depositary banks in managing their new obligations as stipulated by the Alternative Investment Fund Manager Directive (AIFMD). »

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Supreme Court LLP 'whistle-blowing' ruling is good news

Thu, 22/05/2014 - 09:34

Michelle Chance, Partner, Employment and Partnership law, at Kingsley Napley LLP comments on the Supreme Court judgment determining that LLP members should be defined as workers in respect of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998… »

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Virtusa and Investor Analytics offer AIFMD reporting for hedge funds and alternative managers

Tue, 20/05/2014 - 10:04

IT service company Virtusa Corporation’s CSalt solution now integrates with Investor Analytics’ risk platform to streamline and simplify Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) Annex IV reporting. »

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SEC charges former stock promoter with defrauding investors in Florida real estate venture

Thu, 24/04/2014 - 10:10

The Securities and Exchange Commission has filed fraud charges against a former Florida-based stock promoter currently serving a two-year prison sentence for lying to SEC investigators. »

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INREV launches new non-listed real estate industry guidelines

Fri, 11/04/2014 - 12:22

INREV, the European Association for Investors in Non-listed Real Estate Vehicles, has launched new industry guidelines at its annual conference in Berlin. »

Monique Meils, Kinetic Partners

Balance is key to whistleblowing programs

Thu, 03/04/2014 - 09:49

Monique Melis (pictured), Global Head of Consulting at Kinetic Partners, the global professional services firm comments on whistle blowers… »

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Orangefield approved as depositary by AFM in the Netherlands

Wed, 02/04/2014 - 15:01

Geneba Properties has obtained an AIFMD licence in the Netherlands whereby Orangefield will act as a depositary. »

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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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