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Beat Blattner, Head Representative Services, UBS Global Asset Management.

Regulatory compliance and confidentiality are key considerations when choosing a legal representative

Tue, 10/03/2015 - 17:14

As of 1 March 2015, it has become mandatory for fund managers distributing their products in Switzerland to commission a Swiss legal representative and paying agent. Regulatory compliance is the name of the game when it comes to the service provided by UBS.  »

Richard Day, ML Capital

Montlake QIAIF Platform provides AIFMD solution

Thu, 19/02/2015 - 18:29

Hedge fund managers have two options when looking to bring a regulated fund product to Europe. The first is to go the UCITS route, the second is to establish an AIF, under the much more recent AIFM Directive, which is a far less trodden path than the UCITS regime.  »

Timothé Fuchs, Fuchs Asset Management

The art of orchestration as a European AIFM

Thu, 19/02/2015 - 18:26

Luxembourg-based Fuchs Asset Management is not your typical AIFM provider. Its heritage is firmly rooted in wealth management. Having now grown into a team exceeding 100 people, it took the decision to diversify its offering and set up an AIFMD-compliant management company, receiving its license from the CSSF last June.  »

Derek Delaney, DMS

Understanding the AIFMD distribution landscape

Thu, 19/02/2015 - 18:23

“I was in Chicago recently. A German pension fund said they had a USD500m allocation in a Chicago-based fund. They wanted to know that they could continue having a relationship with the manager and they said that having the depositary guarantee (under AIFMD) was important to their end investors. They told the manager that they wanted to put their USD500m allocation into an EU-regulated fund.  »

Gerhard Grueter, Lawson Conner

Setting up a hedge fund under AIFMD

Thu, 19/02/2015 - 18:20

The AIFM Directive may not be universally welcome but with greater focus being applied to compliance and operational risk oversight within the fund management industry, it is at least ensuring a new breed of higher quality fund manager; which for investors is good news.  »

Bobby Johal, Cordium

Owning an AIFM without the operational burden

Thu, 19/02/2015 - 18:18

Cordium, one of the industry’s leading regulatory and compliance firms, has devised a new offering for the European market to help managers overcome the marketing challenges of AIFMD.  »

Kavitha Ramachandran , Maitland Luxembourg

Extending AIFM license to PE and real estate funds

Thu, 19/02/2015 - 18:15

Last May, MS Management Services SA, a Luxembourg-based subsidiary of the Maitland group, received authorisation from the CSSF to act as a third-party AIFM to alternative investment funds. At the same time, it established its own umbrella fund platform, MS SICAV SIF, to support managers wishing to fast track the process of launching an AIFMD-compliant fund in Europe.  »

Dan Connell, ConceptOne

ESMA needs to clarify specific Annex IV issues

Thu, 19/02/2015 - 18:11

Ask any AIFM what the key regulatory challenge is under AIFMD and the response is unanimous: Annex IV reporting.  »

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Managers continue to use Guernsey’s AIFMD private placement regime

Fri, 13/02/2015 - 16:00

As at 31 January 2015, 46 Guernsey Alternative Investment Fund Managers (AIFMs) have used the isand’s National Private Placement (NPP) regime to market Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) into Europe. »

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Fund managers could face regulatory sanctions over EMIR

Wed, 11/02/2015 - 13:28

Tim Thornton, Chief Data Officer, Mitsubishi UFJ Fund Services, says fund managers could face regulatory sanctions over EMIR… »

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FFIs must be FATCA compliant as deadline approaches

Mon, 29/12/2014 - 14:00

Tim Thornton, Chief Data Officer at Mitsubishi UFJ Fund Services, comments on the December 31 FATCA deadline… »

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AllianzGI welcomes Withholding Tax exemption

Thu, 04/12/2014 - 17:30

Allianz Global Investors has welcomed the UK Government’s commitment, delivered as part of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, that it will introduce a new Withholding Tax exemption for private placements.   »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Data management and reporting solutions are key to achieving operational efficiency

Tue, 23/09/2014 - 15:32

It’s a fair assumption to say that the proliferation of hedge fund regulation has spurred technology providers to produce newer, innovative solutions.  »

Tax

Alter Domus adopts Thomson Reuters FATCA solution

Wed, 23/07/2014 - 15:03

Alter Domus, a provider of fund administration and fund services, has adopted Thomson Reuters FATCA solution across its services platform to improve client identification and on-boarding. »

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All companies in La Française Group are now authorised AIFMs

Tue, 22/07/2014 - 10:04

La Française Group has obtained AIFM approval for all its management companies. »

Regulation

AIFMD will bring ‘greater stability’

Mon, 21/07/2014 - 14:54

Arnaud Claudon, head of depositary banking, BNP Paribas Securities Services, says AIFMD will bring ‘greater stability’ to European alternatives market… »

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Full compliance still some way off as AIFMD deadline arrives, says BNY Mellon

Mon, 21/07/2014 - 14:12

There is a compliance shortfall among alternative investment funds (AIFs) on the eve of the deadline for Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) authorisation, according to research by BNY Mellon. »

Regulation

Interactive Data launches solution to address AIFMD requirements

Fri, 18/07/2014 - 16:00

Interactive Data, a provider of independent evaluated pricing and reference data services, has introduced a solution to help financial institutions address the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD). »

Risk

Thomas Murray Data Services launches risk solution for depositary banks under AIFMD

Fri, 18/07/2014 - 14:30

Thomas Murray Data Services has launched a suite of products and has been working with a number of depositary banks to provide a total risk solution to ensure depositary bank compliance with the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD). »

Regulation

Chatham Financial expands regulatory services ahead of EMIR and AIFMD deadlines

Thu, 17/07/2014 - 14:00

Chatham Financial has launched new services within its consulting practice and ChathamDirect Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform to help fund managers navigate the Alternative Investment Fund Management Directive (AIFMD) and the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). »

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BNY Mellon gets AIFMD authorisation from the UK FCA

Wed, 16/07/2014 - 15:00

BNY Mellon has received formal approval from the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to provide trustee and depositary services to alternative investment funds (AIFs) under the Alternative Investment Fund Manager Directive (AIFMD). »

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Private equity specialist Ipes launches depositary offering in Guernsey

Mon, 14/07/2014 - 17:01

Ipes Guernsey has been regulated by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission (GFSC) as one of the first operators of a Guernsey Alternative Investment Fund (AIF) depositary. »

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Convergence launches new product suite and website

Mon, 14/07/2014 - 16:10

Convergence, an information and advisory services provider to alternative asset managers, service providers and investors, has launched a new product suite and website. »

Survey

Majority of alt investment managers unprepared for AIFMD, says Alceda

Mon, 14/07/2014 - 14:02

With around a week to go before the deadline for authorisation, some 47 per cent of alternative investment fund managers have still not filed under the Alternative Investment Fund Management Directive (AIFMD). »

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Langham Hall authorised by the FCA as PE AIF depositary and depositary lite

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 12:06

Langham Hall has received Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) authorisation to act as a private equity Alternative Investment Fund (AIF) depositary acting for AIFs within the UK and EEA who market into the Europe. »

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Augentius Depositary secures FCA authorisation

Wed, 09/07/2014 - 16:05

Augentius Depositary Company Limited has received authorisation from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to act as an authorised depositary to private equity and real estate funds in accordance with the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD). »

Regulation

SEC provides Custody Rule guidance for private funds, SPVs and escrows

Tue, 08/07/2014 - 15:34

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has issued a new Guidance Update - “Private Funds and the Application of the Custody Rule to Special Purpose Vehicles and Escrows.” »

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Ipes authorised by the FCA as private equity AIF Depositary

Tue, 08/07/2014 - 14:20

Ipes has received Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) authorisation to act as private equity AIF Depositary under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD). »

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SS&C GlobeOp depositary “Lite" service fully authorised

Tue, 08/07/2014 - 14:00

SS&C GlobeOp has obtained Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) approval for its Depositary “Lite" service offering. »

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Jersey sees strong private placement uptake in run up to end of AIFMD transition

Mon, 30/06/2014 - 14:08

With less than one month to go until the transitional phase of the EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) comes to an end, Jersey is seeing a strong take-up in its private placement route into Europe. »

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