FundRock has secured regulatory approval from the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF), the French financial markets regulator, for FundRock FFAM, its new AIFM service in France.
Legal & Regulation
Regulation has been at the forefront of investors’ minds ever since the global financial crisis in 2008. In the current environment, the need for oversight and monitoring is even more necessary as the industry navigates uncharted waters. However, this requirement for more robust supervision needs to be tempered with flexibility.
Private assets have experienced significant growth in the last few years and Ireland is now set up to further benefit from this expansion through the Investment Limited Partnerships (Amendment) Act 2020 (ILP Act) which was enacted into law in December 2020.
Managers looking to take advantage of the new structure launched in Ireland, the Investment Limited Partnership (ILP), will be able to maximise cost efficiency and time-to-market. The Irish legislation allows the adoption of an umbrella structure, meaning managers can launch sub-funds swiftly and save on legal and audit fees.
In a hunt for yield, investors have been enticed to consider allocating to illiquid asset classes in long-term, closed-ended products. Limited partnerships have been and continue to be the structure of choice for such investments, particularly for private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC).
Various market forces are driving prospects for alternative managers globally, with Ireland being a key destination. Persistent low interest rates are pushing institutional investors towards alternative assets. This, coupled with the Covid pandemic further curtailing appetite for bank lending, has created opportunities for managers, particularly in the debt/credit spheres.
By A Paris – When the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive was enacted, there was talk of AIFMD becoming a brand to rival UCITS. The latest enhancements to the Investment Limited Partnership (ILP) structure in Ireland may well oil the wheels in the journey to making this a reality.
As the hedge fund industry continues to grow and mature, managers are considering options beyond the traditional hedge fund structure. To this end, the managers and their service providers must be flexible and nimble to create custom solutions for the benefit of all parties involved.
Despite an unprecedented number of new regulations being introduced into the Cayman Islands over the past 18 months, the jurisdiction has shown itself to be remarkably resilient, with the Islands’ funds industry in particular rising to the challenge and demonstrating its adaptability and flexibility.
By Jude Scott, CEO, Cayman Finance – As the unprecedented year that has been 2020 draws to a close, we can look to the year ahead with some optimism. That’s in part due to the resilience of the Cayman Islands financial services industry, which continues to meet evolving global best practices.