Sign up for free newsletter


Legal & Regulation

EDHEC Risk raises concerns on regulation of financial benchmarks

Fri, 27/11/2015 - 12:23

EDHEC Risk has issued a statement that it “regrets that the future text on European regulation of benchmarks organises opacity in the index provision market”.  »

EC declares Bermuda’s commercial reinsurance regime as fully equivalent to Solvency II

EC declares Bermuda’s commercial reinsurance regime as fully equivalent to Solvency II

Fri, 27/11/2015 - 09:19

The European Commission’s (EC) Delegated Act has recognised Bermuda’s prudential framework for (re)insurance and group supervision as being fully equivalent to the regulatory standards required by the Solvency II Directive. »

CFTC unanimously approves proposed rule on automated trading

CFTC unanimously approves proposed rule on automated trading

Wed, 25/11/2015 - 09:14

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (Commission) has unanimously approved proposed rules that mark a comprehensive regulatory response to the evolution of automated trading on US designated contract markets (DCMs). »

Valentijn van Nieuwenhuijzen

Regulatory changes ‘driving demand for multi-asset investing’, say institutional investors

Mon, 23/11/2015 - 11:08

More than half (53 per cent) of institutional investors believe that the widespread regulatory changes that have impacted the asset management industry in recent years will drive increased demand for multi-asset strategies, according to research commissioned by NN Investment Partners.  »

Sarj Panesar

Managed Account Platforms offer Solvency II relief

Thu, 12/11/2015 - 17:14

Solvency II regulation, which is aimed at European insurance providers to improve transparency on the cost of capital related to their underlying assets – think of it as Basel III for insurers – is set to make managed accounts an even more popular vehicle moving forward.  »

New SAS stress test technology preps banks for regulatory ‘exams’ and ‘pop quizzes’

New SAS stress test technology preps banks for regulatory ‘exams’ and ‘pop quizzes’

Thu, 29/10/2015 - 04:13

Financial institutions must balance the rigours of prepping for ‘major exams – such as the scheduled stress tests overseen by the US Federal Reserve, European Banking Authority and Bank of England – with readiness for a ‘pop quiz – meaning any ad-hoc risk scenario regulators, the market or executive management may raise.  »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Will regulation help or hinder derivatives risk management?

Thu, 15/10/2015 - 12:03

Managing derivatives risk in the portfolio is a demanding task at the best of times. But as global regulators make inroads to drive transparency in OTC markets, managers find themselves having to file detailed risk positions under CFTC regulations in the US, EMIR reporting in Europe, not to mention the unnecessarily dense Annex IV report under AIFMD.  »

Kristin Castellanos, Deutsche Bank

ODD comes under the microscope

Thu, 15/10/2015 - 11:55

Operational Due Diligence (ODD) has become increasingly important across the alternative investment industry and more resources and attention are being placed on this function. This was one of the main findings from a session on ODD at the recent Global Alternative Investment Management (GAIM) Ops Conference in the Cayman Islands. »

Charles Schwab Investment Management changes MMF line-up

Charles Schwab Investment Management changes MMF line-up

Mon, 12/10/2015 - 10:10

Charles Schwab Investment Management is making changes to its money market fund line-up to address new SEC regulations. »

Beverly Chandler

The NCI declares increased regulation risks stifling innovation in fund management

Mon, 12/10/2015 - 08:53

The independent think tank, The New City Initiative (NCI), created to offer an independent, expert voice in the debate over the future of financial regulation, has published a paper on some of the regulatory issues expected to confront the asset management industry over the coming years and calls for changes to be made to better structure this regulation.  »

Irish Funds welcomes CBI's new UCITS regulations

Irish Funds welcomes CBI's new UCITS regulations

Wed, 07/10/2015 - 09:45

Irish Funds, the representative body for the cross-border investment funds industry in Ireland, has today welcomed the publication of new Regulations for Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS) by the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI).

Mark Weir, Maples Fund Services

How to generate regulatory alpha

Wed, 30/09/2015 - 11:53

The recent swathe of regulation has meant that managers face an incredible drain on internal resources, leading to increased headcount, increased operating costs, and distraction from core competencies. »

Nixk Tsafos, EisnerAmper

Tax implications of trading swaps with prime brokers

Wed, 30/09/2015 - 11:38

There are some early signs that the effects of Basel 3 are changing the way that hedge funds do business with their prime brokers. In today's new reality, primes are becoming more prescriptive over how the bank's balance sheet is being utilised to support clients' trades. To mitigate the costs of trading physical securities, some managers are beginning to use more synthetic instruments.  »

Geoff Ruddick, IMS Fund Services

Independent directors and the split board saga

Wed, 30/09/2015 - 11:32

By Geoff Ruddick (pictured), IMS Fund Services – There has been an extraordinary focus on and trend towards `split boards' in the last few years. For most people the accepted definition of a `split board' is having independent directors from different fiduciary firms. It is considered by some to be the best way to construct a board. In reality this is an overly simplistic definition and assessment of how to recruit and construct an effective and diverse board.  »

BCS streamlines settlement and custody services

BCS streamlines settlement and custody services

Mon, 21/09/2015 - 13:56

BCS Financial Group, a securities broker on the Moscow Exchange, has been granted access to Euroclear, the international central securities depository, through BCS Prime Brokerage Limited. »

Landmark CFTC order definitively classifies bitcoin derivatives as regulated commodity

Landmark CFTC order definitively classifies bitcoin derivatives as regulated commodity

Mon, 21/09/2015 - 09:28

While CFTC Commissioners and staff have in the past asserted that the CFTC has jurisdiction over bitcoin derivatives in speeches and testimony, for the first time the Commission has issued a definitive finding that bitcoin derivative exchanges must register as a SEF or designated contract market.   »


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. »

Joanne Segars, NAPF

NAPF welcomes UK financial advice review

Wed, 05/08/2015 - 09:49

Joanne Segars (pictured), Chief Executive, NAPF, comments on the launch if a major review of how to improve financial advice by HM Treasury and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)… »

BATS files client suspension rule to expedite action against customers engaging in layering and spoofing

BATS files client suspension rule to expedite action against customers engaging in layering and spoofing

Fri, 31/07/2015 - 07:22

BATS Global Markets (BATS) has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission the BATS Client Suspension Rule, which would enable the company to take swifter action to prohibit manipulative behaviour, such as spoofing and layering, on the BATS Exchanges. »

Mark Makepeace

FTSE Russell confirms compliance with IOSCO Principles

Fri, 17/07/2015 - 12:49

Global index provider FTSE Russell has published its Statement of Compliance with the recommendations made by the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), as laid out in the Principles for Financial Benchmarks and published in July 2013 (the IOSCO Principles). »

Monique Mel

FCA fines firms and individuals over GBP1bn for market integrity breaches

Wed, 15/07/2015 - 13:58

The FCA fined firms and individuals a total of GBP1.23 billion in 2014 for market integrity related breaches, which included abusive market behaviour such as: manipulation, insider dealing, FX failings and benchmark (i.e. Libor) manipulation.  »

Special report
Managed Account Platforms 2015

Managed Account Platforms 2015

Thu, 12/11/2015 - 16:37

Special report

Hedge Funds & Derivatives Risk 2015

Thu, 15/10/2015 - 10:36

Special report
Hedgeweek USA Awards 2015

Hedgeweek USA Awards 2015

Tue, 13/10/2015 - 10:30

Cybersecurity Update

Matthew Martindale, KPMG
1 day 23 hours from now - London
2 days 23 hours from now - Dar Es Salaam
other gfm publications