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Financial Stability Board targets fund finance

Mon, 13/03/2017 - 14:34

Dechert’s Matthew Kerfoot (pictured) comments on FSB’s newly issued Policy Recommendations on the use of leverage by investment funds… »

Survey finds recent financial regulation has had little impact

Mon, 27/02/2017 - 14:21

Financial regulation has done little or nothing to improve stability in the financial services market, according to senior financial services professionals polled by valuation and corporate finance advisor, Duff & Phelps. »

Investment consulting firms respond to FCA Asset Management Study

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 10:54

Aon Hewitt, Mercer and Willis Towers Watson together have submitted to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) a package of measures that they say are designed to advance competitiveness and transparency in the investment consultancy and fiduciary management industries. »

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. »

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. »

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.  »

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).  »

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. »

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.  »

AIFMD passport no longer seen as the ‘silver lining’

Thu, 16/02/2017 - 14:37

Securing a third-country passport to access European investors is no longer viewed as the go-to solution it once was by the UK investment fund sector, according to Tim Hames, the Director General of the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA). »

Majority of fund managers see upcoming regulatory environment demanding more time, says Northern Trust survey

Wed, 15/02/2017 - 14:12

Close to 70 per cent of fund manager clients, prospective clients and consultants attending a Northern Trust event on regulation believe that the upcoming regulatory environment will demand more of their time, compared with time spent over the past year. »

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'. »

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.  »

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.  »

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.  »

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.  »

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.  »

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.  »

Hedge fund redemptions show market is maturing

Wed, 18/01/2017 - 10:09

The third quarter of 2016 saw an estimated USD28 billion of hedge fund net outflows – the highest since 2009. This brought year-to-date redemptions to USD51.5 billion. Those suffering significant outflows included high-profile stalwarts of the industry such as Brevan Howard, which saw USD3 billion in redemptions in the first six months of 2016. »

DMS helps overcome regulatory fatigue

Tue, 10/01/2017 - 12:47

DMS Governance 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.  »

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… »

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. »

Financial institutions recognise benefits of adopting a more strategic approach to regulatory data management and compliance, says Thomson Reuters report

Mon, 31/10/2016 - 11:51

A Thomson Reuters report reveals that 88  per cent of financial institutions will work strategically across regulatory agencies over the next two years.  »

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… »

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. »

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. »

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. »

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.  »

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… »

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.  »

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