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John Wotton, CMA

CMA proposes pension investment reforms

Wed, 18/07/2018 - 09:53

The CMA has proposed a number of reforms to the investment consultancy and fiduciary management sector after identifying a range of competition concerns. »

Paul Smith, GIFA

Providing stability, security and substance

Mon, 16/07/2018 - 13:00

By Paul Smith, Guernsey Investment Fund Association – In an era when uncertainty and the unexpected can be relied upon to spoil the best-laid plans, Guernsey is one jurisdiction able to provide a stable, secure base from which to operate, and has the infrastructure and resources to ensure the highest levels of service quality while also being able to provide businesses with true substance. »

Martin Scott, IAG

Overcoming the myth of the passport

Mon, 16/07/2018 - 13:00

By Martin Scott, International Administration Group (Guernsey) – Two years ago, almost to the day, Guernsey was set to receive the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) passport to allow marketing of Guernsey funds across Europe. Then Brexit and politics took over, and the likelihood of the European Union extending the AIFMD passport to third countries now appears remote until the UK and EU have reached a trade agreement with respect to financial services. It therefore appears probable that National Private Placement Regimes (NPPRs) will remain in place for the foreseeable future. »

Andy Sloan, Guernsey Finance

Guernsey highlights the positive over Brexit

Mon, 16/07/2018 - 13:00

By Dr Andy Sloan - Two years on from the UK’s Brexit referendum vote and with the recent publication of the UK’s White Paper, it is useful to take stock of the potential impact of Brexit on global financial services and Guernsey’s trading relationships. »

Andrew Harding, Appleby

Hitting the sweet spot

Mon, 16/07/2018 - 13:00

By Andrew Harding - Ahead of the World Cup The Economist ran an article entitled “What makes a country good at football?” The journal explored the various components of a successful national side, taking account of GDP, population size and the popularity of the game in each country. »

Dominic Wheatley, Guernsey Finance

Why Guernsey is the alternative choice

Mon, 16/07/2018 - 13:00

By Dominic Wheatley, Guernsey Finance – Guernsey’s funds sector has developed over the past 50 years, since the first funds were formed in the island in the 1960s, and is now recognised as a leading centre of excellence for a range of alternatives. This process has been accelerated in recent years as shrinking returns from traditional investment fund strategies are making the alternatives sector more attractive to investors. Guernsey has built up and is now recognised for its expertise in alternatives, particularly private equity but also in infrastructure, Real Estate Investment Trusts, and alternative finance. »

Craig Cordle, GDPR

GDPR priorities

Mon, 16/07/2018 - 13:00

By Craig Cordle – Data protection and privacy laws have been reformed across Europe by Regulation (EU) 2016/679, commonly known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which came into force on 25 May 2018. The GDPR builds on existing legislation and seeks to harmonise and enhance data protection and privacy laws across the EU. It also introduces significant fines in respect of breaches. »

Chris Griffin, Carey Olsen

Jersey FSC issues final ICO guidance note

Mon, 16/07/2018 - 09:44

The Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC) has released its final guidance note in relation to Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). »

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Fortis investors to receive USD1.5bn in largest European securities settlement

Mon, 16/07/2018 - 08:48

A Dutch appeals court has officially approved the largest securities settlement ever reached in Europe, clearing the way for international insurance company Ageas to begin payment of USD1.5 billion (EUR1.3 billion) to multiple groups of institutional and individual investors from Europe and the United States. »

Steve Haworth, Teleware

Forty per cent of financial firms at risk of MiFID II penalties, research reveals

Thu, 05/07/2018 - 14:34

Recent research from TeleWare reveals that just 60 per cent of employees in financial services firms have suitable processes and technology in place to capture, record and consequently retrieve real-time business communications. This means 40 per cent of firms are risking non-compliance with Article 16 of MiFID II. »


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