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Developments and opportunities in Malta

Wed, 16/09/2015 - 10:21

By Dr Michael Xuereb, MFSA – Following several years of fund platform developments, the MFSA has more recently been focusing its efforts on upgrading and enhancing the product structuring framework. »

Joseph M Camilleri, Valletta Fund Services

Fund formation considerations in Malta

Wed, 16/09/2015 - 10:13

When it comes to the formation process, funds in Malta may take different legal forms and with respect to hedge funds, the most popular structure is the SICAV. The formation process is two-fold: »

Jean Farrugia

In profile: the Maltese self‑managed PIF

Wed, 16/09/2015 - 10:03

Malta's PIF regime allows the setting up of three different types of PIFs each based on the profile of the participating investors' taking into consideration their overall wealth and investment experience. The regulations governing each type of fund vary and are lighter in case of PIFs which are intended for promotion to more sophisticated investors.  »

Derek Adler, ifina

The gateway of choice for emerging investment managers

Wed, 16/09/2015 - 09:58

The emergence of complex rules and regulations such as AIFMD and FATCA means that any new manager with visions of running their own hedge fund business must think carefully about the best route to market.  »

Dr Louis de Gabriele

The Recognised Incorporated Cell Company

Wed, 16/09/2015 - 09:54

By Dr Louis de Gabriele (pictured), Camillieri Preziosi Advocates  – In recent years, the Maltese jurisdiction has continued to consolidate its reputation as a fund domicile of choice for fund promoters and managers alike. Having emerged as a cost-effective jurisdiction for funds, Malta boasts a comprehensive yet flexible regulatory framework, together with attractive rates of taxation. The Malta Financial Services Authority ("MFSA") has also played a considerable role in the strengthening of Malta's position as a fund domicile, particularly due to its accessibility, responsiveness, and expediency in the processing of applications.  »

Paul Mifsud

Becoming the EU’s leading securitisation centre

Wed, 16/09/2015 - 09:44

Despite Malta introducing a legal framework for securitisation in 2006, the financial crash meant that it was rarely used until around 2012. But there are signs that securitisation is gaining some momentum locally. This is being helped by a dedicated regulated market for wholesale securities, the European Wholesale Securities Market (`EWSM'); a joint venture between the Irish Stock Exchange and Malta Stock Exchange established in 2012 that allows the listing of wholesale-denominated debt securities to trade on an EU-regulated market.  »

Stefania Grech

Fund structure ecosystem continues to grow

Wed, 16/09/2015 - 09:41

Following Malta's implementation of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD), it is possible to set-up Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) in Malta in accordance with the AIFMD.  »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Loan vehicles could become integral part of burgeoning funds industry

Wed, 16/09/2015 - 09:38

Malta's financial services industry has been continuously evolving since it joined the EU in 2004. The island has a buoyant banking and insurance sector, a trust and pensions sector, and along with its funds industry, has been growing in the region of 25 per cent per year, based on the MFSA's latest figures.  »

Kenneth Farrugia, FinanceMalta

Malta keeps all options on the table

Wed, 16/09/2015 - 09:31

FinanceMalta was set up in 2007 to holistically promote the various sectors of Malta's financial industry. FinanceMalta not only focuses on the fund management industry but also covers the insurance sector, trust and foundations sector and wealth management and as Kenneth Farrugia (pictured), Chairman of FinanceMalta confirms: "We are also exploring ways for FinanceMalta to support Islamic Finance and Capital Markets in Malta through various initiatives." »

Arthur J Gallagher enhances IMI Pro

Arthur J Gallagher enhances IMI Pro

Fri, 11/09/2015 - 14:37

Arthur J Gallagher has enhanced its liability and crime insurance solution for investment managers IMI Pro to provide its broadest cover yet. »

Richard Day, ML Capital

Montlake QIAIF Platform provides AIFMD solution

Thu, 19/02/2015 - 18:29

Hedge fund managers have two options when looking to bring a regulated fund product to Europe. The first is to go the UCITS route, the second is to establish an AIF, under the much more recent AIFM Directive, which is a far less trodden path than the UCITS regime.  »

Timothé Fuchs, Fuchs Asset Management

The art of orchestration as a European AIFM

Thu, 19/02/2015 - 18:26

Luxembourg-based Fuchs Asset Management is not your typical AIFM provider. Its heritage is firmly rooted in wealth management. Having now grown into a team exceeding 100 people, it took the decision to diversify its offering and set up an AIFMD-compliant management company, receiving its license from the CSSF last June.  »

Derek Delaney, DMS

Understanding the AIFMD distribution landscape

Thu, 19/02/2015 - 18:23

“I was in Chicago recently. A German pension fund said they had a USD500m allocation in a Chicago-based fund. They wanted to know that they could continue having a relationship with the manager and they said that having the depositary guarantee (under AIFMD) was important to their end investors. They told the manager that they wanted to put their USD500m allocation into an EU-regulated fund.  »

Gerhard Grueter, Lawson Conner

Setting up a hedge fund under AIFMD

Thu, 19/02/2015 - 18:20

The AIFM Directive may not be universally welcome but with greater focus being applied to compliance and operational risk oversight within the fund management industry, it is at least ensuring a new breed of higher quality fund manager; which for investors is good news.  »

Bobby Johal, Cordium

Owning an AIFM without the operational burden

Thu, 19/02/2015 - 18:18

Cordium, one of the industry’s leading regulatory and compliance firms, has devised a new offering for the European market to help managers overcome the marketing challenges of AIFMD.  »

Kavitha Ramachandran , Maitland Luxembourg

Extending AIFM license to PE and real estate funds

Thu, 19/02/2015 - 18:15

Last May, MS Management Services SA, a Luxembourg-based subsidiary of the Maitland group, received authorisation from the CSSF to act as a third-party AIFM to alternative investment funds. At the same time, it established its own umbrella fund platform, MS SICAV SIF, to support managers wishing to fast track the process of launching an AIFMD-compliant fund in Europe.  »

Dan Connell, ConceptOne

ESMA needs to clarify specific Annex IV issues

Thu, 19/02/2015 - 18:11

Ask any AIFM what the key regulatory challenge is under AIFMD and the response is unanimous: Annex IV reporting.  »

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Managers continue to use Guernsey’s AIFMD private placement regime

Fri, 13/02/2015 - 16:00

As at 31 January 2015, 46 Guernsey Alternative Investment Fund Managers (AIFMs) have used the isand’s National Private Placement (NPP) regime to market Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) into Europe. »


Fund managers could face regulatory sanctions over EMIR

Wed, 11/02/2015 - 13:28

Tim Thornton, Chief Data Officer, Mitsubishi UFJ Fund Services, says fund managers could face regulatory sanctions over EMIR… »

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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… »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

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. »


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. »


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… »


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. »


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). »


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). »


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. »


Alt assets research


Alternative methods of accessing the private real estate market, including separate accounts, joint ventures and co-investments, are under the spotlight in this extract from the Preqin Investor Outlook: Alternative Assets, H2 2015. ... »


Richard Ansyet, Intralinks

Over the last 10 years, organisations have undergone a wholesale change in the way they run their businesses. Thanks to cloud-based platforms, wireless Internet, and the proliferation of desktop and mobile device applications, the perimeter of most businesses has moved beyond the four walls of their office. This has revolutionised the way people work: no longer tied to their desks they can be equally as effective aboard an aircraft or sitting next to the beach on vacation.  ... »


Locked door

Cybersecurity issues have existed as long as the internet. What seems to have changed in the last 18 months is not only that the nature of the breaches has become more sophisticated, but also the fact that hedge funds have become a much bigger target.  ... »

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Malta Alternative Investment Fund Services 2015

Read why alternative investment vehicles are lining up to set up in Malta not just as AIFs but also increasingly as AIFMs; the types of of managers and funds using Malta as their springboard into the EU; and, the various structures available to managers... »

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How to Access Europe using third party AIFMs

Read how managers seeking to distribute in Europe can appoint a third party AIFM (or ManCo), and the fund distribution benefits this can bring, both for new fund launches and redomiciled funds... »

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