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Invest in Cyprus - Strategic location

Mon, 20/02/2017 - 15:21

With its ideal geographical position at the crossroads of three continents – Europe, Africa and Asia, Cyprus plays a key role in the region of the Eastern Mediterranean. As a safe, transparent, modern business centre, the island is an ideal investment gateway to the European Union, as well as a portal for investment outside the EU, particularly into the Middle East, India and China. »

Donnacha O'Connor, Dillon Eustace

Ireland - Key factors in choosing an alternative investment fund domicile

Mon, 20/02/2017 - 15:16

By Donnacha O’Connor (pictured), Partner at Dillon Eustace – Ireland has a well-established reputation as a leading funds centre, being home to 6,470 regulated investment funds as of December 2016 according to the Central Bank of Ireland, and as a leading fund servicing centre. »

Wayne Gallichan, Locate Jersey

Jersey - Full guidance on setting up home and business

Mon, 20/02/2017 - 15:10

Locate Jersey is part of the Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture department within the Jersey Government (`States of Jersey'). Headed up by Director of International Trade, Wayne Gallichan (pictured), the role of Locate Jersey is to promote Jersey as a place to do business and to attract suitable businesses to the island, as well as HNW individuals; particularly those that are still economically active.  »

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British Virgin Islands - Providing a firm and reliable base for fund managers

Mon, 20/02/2017 - 15:05

Since 2012, the BVI has introduced three exciting and innovative investment fund products, namely: the BVI Approved Manager, the BVI Incubator Fund and the BVI Approved Fund. The Approved Manager was introduced at the end of 2012, followed by the Incubator Fund and Approved Fund in mid-2015, and each has been growing steadily since their launch. Currently, there are 140 Approved Managers, 21 Incubator Funds and 29 Approved Funds, based on figures published by the BVI Financial Services Commission (as of 30 September 2016).  »

Ivan Grech, FinanceMalta

Malta - Q&A with Ivan Grech and Anatoli Grech

Mon, 20/02/2017 - 14:58

Q&A with Ivan Grech, Head of Business Development, FinanceMalta & Anatoli Grech, Executive Secretary of the Malta Funds Industry Association. »

Richard Le Tocq, Locate Guernsey

Guernsey - Promoting and facilitating relocation

Mon, 20/02/2017 - 14:54

In a world where uncertainty appears to be replacing certainty, Guernsey is underlining its inherent stability amidst the changes that are affecting the regulatory, commercial and political realms.  »

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.  »

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.  »

Davina Garrod, Akin Gump

For financial markets and industry alike, the UK's fate must be known as soon as possible

Thu, 03/11/2016 - 14:33

Akin Gump London partner Davina Garrod (pictured), who focuses on trade and financial regulatory issues, comments on the High Court ruling that the UK Government may not invoke Article 50 without parliamentary approval… »

Gina Miller, SCM Direct

Investment manager causes UK government to re-think Brexit plans

Thu, 03/11/2016 - 13:32

Investment manager Gina Miller (pictured) has won a High Court ruling forcing the UK government to hold a vote in Parliament over its plans to start the process of leaving the European Union. »

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Asset managers must address solvency issues

Wed, 05/10/2016 - 13:30

Tim Thornton, COO, Fund Services, MUFG Investor Services, comments on the rising capital requirements for fund managers… »

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. »

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Guernsey remains on course for third country passport following positive ESMA recommendation

Thu, 21/07/2016 - 12:25

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has further recommended Guernsey for a ‘third country’ passport under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD). »

Claude Niedner, Arendt & Medernach

Chapter 1: Legal & fund structuring

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 14:39

Over the years, Ireland has built out its financial services industry to become Europe's de facto onshore alternative funds domicile.  »

LendInvest granted highest rating from European credit rating agency for second year

Mon, 27/06/2016 - 09:51

LendInvest, the UK mortgage marketplace lender, has received the highest possible rating from a European credit agency for the second consecutive year.  »

Regulation

Chapter 2: Regulations & compliance

Mon, 16/05/2016 - 12:41

US hedge fund managers face significant regulatory requirements, which this chapter cannot possibly cover in detail. But there are a few key areas of particular import, which shall be summarised below. In addition, this chapter will highlight some of the key considerations for implementing a compliance manual; a must-do task for any ambitious start-up manager who intends to incorporate best practices from the get-go and place themselves in the best possible light with prospective investors. »

Jeffrey Rosenthal

Financial budgeting: One chance to succeed

Mon, 16/05/2016 - 12:37

Planning a hedge fund launch is a serious business. People need to decide whether they are truly ready, both financially and mentally, and be confident in their investment strategy. This may sound trite but all too often start-ups rush to get a hedge fund in place without clearly thinking everything through.  »

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