The 'Luxembourg Fund Services 2016' special report comprises eight separate articles listed below, these can be read individually or as a sequence.
Luxembourg has deposited a new Bill of Law with the Luxembourg Parliament called the Reserved Alternative Investment Fund (RAIF) Regime. It is a regime that embraces the concept of AIFMD being manager-focused regulation. The RAIF, unlike the heretonow popular SIF, does not need to be under the direct supervision of Luxembourg's regulator, the CSSF. Instead, the RAIF merely needs to appoint an authorised AIFM, based in Luxembourg or any other EU jurisdiction.
The recently introduced Reserved Alternative Investment Fund (RAIF) is compelling to fund managers because although it is not subject to direct supervisory authority from the CSSF, it is still a fully AIFMD-compliant product, benefiting from the European passport for marketing to professional investors in Europe.
At SS&C Advent, an independent unit of SS&C Technologies who collectively support more than 10,000 customers worldwide, there has been, according to Jesper Steiness (pictured), Director of Global Accounts, a clear growth of interest among fund managers and service providers to improve automation with respect to alternative portfolio accounting and reporting.
CACEIS offers private equity fund managers bridge financing solutions that allow them to delay the process of collecting capital commitments from investors, thereby enhancing the internal rate of return of the fund.
The introduction of the Reserved Alternative Investment Fund under the Luxembourg Bill of Law N∞6929 (Bill 6929) this year could be a game changer for the jurisdiction. In short, the RAIF is an investment fund product that removes the double layer of regulation. Rather, the regulation focuses on the AIFM and crucially, gives fund sponsors a quicker time to market.
Fund jurisdictions will need to keep their finger on the pulse of digital technology if they are to remain competitive over the coming years. Disruptive players are springing up on a daily basis offering innovative payment solutions, transaction solutions to improve efficiency.
As asset managers face a barrage of global regulation and compliance demands, one of the biggest challenges they face is knowing who is responsible for the firm's data and where its source is located.
Timothe Fuchs (pictured) is the CEO of eponymous Luxembourg-based Fuchs Asset Management. With regulation becoming so vast and complex, especially in Europe, he is in no doubt that alternative investment managers need all the help they can get with respect to the day-to-day operational and compliance demands of running AIFMD-compliant funds.