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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. »

Tim Thornton

MUFG says AIFMs must ensure investors don’t pay for Brexit passporting fall-out

Wed, 10/08/2016 - 12:47

Tim Thornton, (pictured) COO, Fund Services, MUFG Investor Services has commented that the loss of AIFMD passporting rights that enable UK-based alternative fund managers to market products across the EU has been one of the industry’s main concerns since the Brexit vote.    »

Ben Snook

CISE takes steps to welcome more Islamic finance listings

Thu, 04/08/2016 - 16:14

The Channel Islands Securities Exchange (CISE) is looking to capitalise on a renewed interest in Islamic finance listings. The Exchange is already home to a number of debt securities and investment vehicles which are Islamic finance structures. »

New GLEIF challenge facility triggers updates of LEI data to all interested parties

New GLEIF challenge facility triggers updates of LEI data to all interested parties

Wed, 13/07/2016 - 13:24

The Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF), the body responsible for ensuring the operational integrity of the Global Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) System, has launched its new data challenge facility. »

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.  »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

AIFs and UCITS - What’s next…? Part 2: SGSS European Roadshow

Thu, 16/06/2016 - 10:50

Such has been the pace of regulatory change in recent years that there now appears to be a degree of overlap between UCITS V and AIFMD as European regulators and the European Commission commit to enhancing investor protection, not just in UCITS funds but all alternative investment funds. With UCITS V now live, there are areas of common ground with AIFMD, principally regarding the depositary liability sanctions regime and the remuneration regime.   »

CME Group welcomes ESMA recognition

CME Group welcomes ESMA recognition

Wed, 15/06/2016 - 09:04

CME Group Executive Chairman and President Terry Duffy has welcomed the European Securities and Markets Authority's (ESMA) recognition of CME Inc under EU regulations. »

Lee Godfrey

Regulatory reporting the smart way

Thu, 09/06/2016 - 12:01

KNEIP is one of the fund industry's foremost legal and regulatory report providers. Over the years it has helped traditional asset managers overcome the data management complexities of regulated UCITS funds. »

Bruno Piers de Raveschoot

RIMES brings buy-side compliance teams together ahead of forthcoming regulation

Tue, 31/05/2016 - 16:51

RIMES, a provider of managed data services for the buy-side, is hosting its inaugural Regulatory Seminar on 9 June in London, bringing together compliance managers from within the buy-side industry ahead of months of significant regulatory change. »

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.  »

Ron Geffner

Structuring a tax-efficient hedge fund

Mon, 16/05/2016 - 12:22

When embarking on any new business, it's important that one not only engages professionals with deep industry knowledge but also commercial knowledge to support the various stages of business growth. For anyone establishing a hedge fund, their needs are going to change as their business evolves from launch to maturity. »

Gavel and scales

Chapter 1: Legal & tax structuring

Mon, 16/05/2016 - 12:17

The two key questions that will drive fund structuring decisions are: Where is the money coming from and what do you want to do with it? »

Geoff Cook, Jersey Finance

Beneficial ownership agreement re-affirms commitment to combatting global financial crime

Tue, 12/04/2016 - 09:49

Geoff Cook (pictured), Jersey Finance CEO, comments on David Cameron’s announcement of an agreement by the Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories to provide beneficial ownership information to the UK Government… »

The Local Pensions Partnership granted FCA approval

The Local Pensions Partnership granted FCA approval

Mon, 11/04/2016 - 00:01

The Lancashire and London Pensions Partnership has received regulatory approval from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to commence operations under its new name, the Local Pensions Partnership (LPP).  »

Malta

Malta set to rival Luxembourg as securitisations provider

Thu, 07/04/2016 - 10:48

Malta is set to rival Luxembourg in meeting the growing pan-European demand for securitisation products – especially from investors who prefer English as a business language, delegates heard at this week’s Finance Malta Conference in Switzerland. »

Ron Geffner

Sadis & Goldberg LLP - Best Global Law Firm

Tue, 05/04/2016 - 12:40

Sadis & Goldberg LLP is one of New York's leading financial services focused law firms. Known both domestically and internationally as a dominant force in the financial services sector, Sadis & Goldberg serves clients throughout the world and was recently ranked as one of the top five law firms for hedge fund launches in the 2016 Preqin Global Hedge Fund Report.  »

Anne Storie

DMS Offshore Investment Services - Best Offshore Regulatory Advisory Firm

Tue, 05/04/2016 - 12:04

DMS Offshore Investment Services specialises in providing global fund governance with the firm best regarded for the provision of offshore independent directors in the Cayman Islands. The second core business line is its UCITS and AIFMD management company and platform based in Dublin and Luxembourg. The interest in the platform has accelerated this year to the point where the management company has secured more than 60 fund mandates with close to 40 launched.  »

Luis Pedro

Rebuilding Swiss investor confidence in hedge funds

Thu, 24/03/2016 - 10:31

Oligo Swiss Fund Services received its license from the Swiss authorities 13 months ago to provide Swiss legal representative services and has already onboarded more than 200 funds registered for distribution to Swiss qualified investors. These include offshore hedge funds, UCITS-compliant hedge funds and private equity funds.  »

Roman Pelka

CISA proves successful within 12 months

Thu, 24/03/2016 - 10:22

It is now one year in to the Swiss Collective Investment Scheme Act (CISA) and overall impressions appear to be that it has been a success. One particular aspect of CISA, namely the requirement for alternative fund managers marketing their funds in Switzerland to "unregulated qualified investors" (eg pension funds, family offices) to appoint a Swiss Fund Representative and Paying Agent, has proven to be no more than a mild shower in a teacup.  »

James Williams

Regulations improve Swiss investor confidence in hedge funds

Thu, 24/03/2016 - 09:25

There was a degree of trepidation among foreign hedge funds when Switzerland formerly introduced a revised version of the Collective Investment Scheme Act (CISA) on 1 March 2015, bringing hedge funds under the watch of FINMA, Switzerland's financial regulator, for the first time.  »

Central Bank of UAE and Abu Dhabi Global Market sign MoU to enhance banking supervision

Central Bank of UAE and Abu Dhabi Global Market sign MoU to enhance banking supervision

Mon, 08/02/2016 - 09:24

The Central Bank of the UAE and the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formalise a framework to enable ongoing cooperation on the supervision of banks and other financial institutions under both jurisdictions, exchange of relevant information and facilitate communication. »

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