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ESMA issues first pan-EU overview of use of supervisory sanctions for UCITS

On 4 April 2019, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued its first annual report on sanctions imposed by Member State competent authorities (NCAs) under the UCITS Directive. The report provides an aggregated overview of the penalties and measures issued under the UCITS Directive for 2016/2017, based on data submitted to ESMA by NCAs.… Continue Reading

ESMA updates Q&As on UCITS, AIFMD and MAR

On 29 March 2019, the European Securities and Markets Authority updated its Q&As on: the UCITS Directive. Specifically, the Q&As clarify the UCITS KIID benchmark and past performance obligations; the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive. New Q&As have been added on the calculation of leverage; and the Market Abuse Regulation. New Q&As have been added … Continue Reading

ESMA consults on draft RTS on ELTIF costs disclosure

On 28 March 2019, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a consultation paper on draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) under Article 25 of the European Long-Term Investment Funds Regulation (ELTIF Regulation). Article 25(3) of the ELTIF Regulation provides for ESMA to develop draft RTS to determine the costs disclosure requirements applicable to ELTIF managers. … Continue Reading

Global Asset Management Quarterly

The latest issue of Global Asset Management Quarterly is now available here. In this issue we cover: UK and European overview Brexit: Financial Services Contracts Regime Brexit: EU Level 3 measures London financial services team client briefing: buy-side focus FCA Asset Management Market Study: FCA tightens the rules further VAT: Apportionment of a single supply … Continue Reading

FCA response to CMA’s investment consultancy market investigation report

On 26 February 2019, the FCA published a letter responding to the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA’s) letter of 12 December 2018 which concerned the CMA’s findings and remedies from its market investigation into the supply and acquisition of investment consultancy and fiduciary management services. The FCA’s letter notes that the CMA identified a number … Continue Reading

IA fund communication guidance

On 20 February 2019, the Investment Association (IA) published fund communication guidance. The guidance is part of the industry response to the FCA Asset Management Market Study which highlighted, among other things, the difficulty for customers of knowing what to expect from their fund and how to assess whether or not it was performing against … Continue Reading

FCA Asset Management Market Study: FCA tightens the rules further

Introduction In November 2015, the FCA published the terms of reference for an asset management market study (AMMS). The intention behind the AMMS was to understand how asset managers compete to deliver value to both retail and institutional investors. The FCA published an interim report in November 2016 which was followed up by a final … Continue Reading

Political agreement reached on Regulation and Directive on cross-border distribution of collective investment funds

On 5 February 2019, the Council of the EU announced that political agreement on simpler and quicker cross-border distribution of investment funds had been reached between the Council of the EU and the European Parliament. The proposal, which consists of a draft Regulation and draft Directive, is designed to improve transparency and harmonises diverging national … Continue Reading

ESMA consultation on liquidity stress test guidance for investment funds

On 5 February 2019, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued a consultation paper on draft guidelines regarding liquidity stress tests of investment funds – applicable to alternative investment funds and Undertakings for the Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS). The consultation has been produced in response to a recommendation by the European Systemic … Continue Reading

Commission adopts Delegated Regulation supplementing EuSEF Regulation

On 1 February 2019, the European Commission adopted a Delegated Regulation supplementing the Regulation on European social entrepreneurship funds (the EuSEF Regulation). The Delegated Regulation: provides for a list of types of conflicts of interest in the context of qualifying social entrepreneurship funds. It covers situations that involve a manager of the qualifying social entrepreneurship … Continue Reading

Erratum to ECON report on proposed Regulation on facilitating cross-border distribution of collective investment funds

On 22 January 2019, the European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) published an erratum to the report on the proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on facilitating cross-border distribution of collective investment funds and amending Regulations (EU) No 345/2013 and (EU) No 346/2013. The erratum amends … Continue Reading

Commission report on the operation of AIFMD

On 10 January 2019, the European Commission released a report on the operation of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD). The report confirms that current rules in the AIFMD have significantly contributed to creating a single market for alternative investment funds by establishing a harmonised regulatory and supervisory framework. Most of the AIFMD provisions … Continue Reading

ECON votes on the regulation of cross-border distribution of collective investment funds

On 5 November 2018, the European Parliament published a press release announcing that its Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) had voted on provisions for the proposed Regulation and Directive of cross-border distribution of collective investment funds. The new provisions concern cross border distribution of the EU-regulated alternative investment funds (AIFs) and undertakings for collective … Continue Reading

AIFMD guides: The marketing passport and the requirements for fund managers across the EU

We have just updated two guides on the AIFMD, which has now been in force for approximately five years.  Both guides, which are now in their fourth iteration, cover 15 EU jurisdictions – Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK – with input provided by … Continue Reading

Investment Association principles of remuneration for 2019

On 22 November 2018, the Investment Association (the IA) published an updated Principles of Remuneration (the Principles). In an accompanying letter to remuneration committee chairs, the IA outlines the key changes that have been made to the Principles and areas of focus for the coming year. The key changes are: malus and clawback: the Principles … Continue Reading

IOSCO issue consultation on leverage

On 15 November 2018, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) published a consultation paper on the use of leverage by investment funds (the Consultation). The Consultation responds to recommendation 10 of the Financial Stability Board’s (FSB) report ‘‘Policy Recommendations to Address Structural Vulnerabilities from Asset Management Activities” in which the IOSCO was requested to: … Continue Reading

ESMA consults on draft guidelines for report under the MMF regulation

On 13 November 2018, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a consultation paper on draft guidelines on the reporting to Member State competent authorities (NCAs) under Article 37 of the Money Market Funds (MMF) Regulation. Article 37 of the MMF Regulation obliges the manager of the MMF, for each MMF managed, to report … Continue Reading

Commission responds to ESMA letter on share cancellation under MMF Regulation

On 31 October 2018, there was published a letter from the President of the European Commission (the Letter) to the Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) on the implementation of the Money Market Funds (MMF) Regulation. The letter responds to ESMA’s Letter on the same topic of 20 July 2018 (see our … Continue Reading

Delegated Regulation clarifying depositaries’ safe-keeping obligations under UCITS published in OJ

On 30 October 2018, there was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ) Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2018/1619 of 12 July 2018 amending Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/438 as regards safe-keeping duties of depositaries. Delegated Regulation 2016/438 amends the UCITS IV Directive,  further specifying depositaries’ duties with regard to safe-keeping UCITS clients’ assets. The Delegated … Continue Reading

Delegated Regulation clarifying depositaries’ safe-keeping obligations under AIFMD published in OJ

On 30 October 2018, there was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ) Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2018/1618 of 12 July 2018 amending Delegated Regulation (EU) No 231/2013 as regards safe-keeping duties of depositaries. Delegated Regulation 231/2013 supplements the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive. The Delegated Regulation will enter into force 20 … Continue Reading

FCA and Hong Kong SFC sign MoU on mutual recognition of funds

On 8 October 2018, the FCA published a memorandum of understanding (the MoU) it has entered into with the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong (SFC) concerning the mutual recognition of covered funds and covered management companies and related cooperation. The purpose of the MoU is to enhance cooperation in relation to: (i) collective … Continue Reading

FCA consults on illiquid assets and open ended funds

On 8 October 2018, the FCA published Consultation Paper 18/27: consultation on illiquid assets and open-ended funds and feedback to Discussion Paper 17/1 (CP18/27). CP18/27 will be relevant to those with an interest in open-ended investment funds that are likely to hold illiquid assets. The proposals in CP18/27 are intended to reduce the risk of … Continue Reading

ESMA updates Q&As on application of AIFMD

On 4 October 2018, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published updated Q&As on the application of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD). The updated Q&As have inserted the following question on page 29: An AIFM intends to manage an EU umbrella AIF on a cross-border basis by way of the AIF management … Continue Reading

ESMA consults on MMF stress testing guidelines

On 21 March 2018, ESMA published the first set of guidelines establishing common reference parameters for the stress test scenarios to be included in a money market fund’s (MMF) stress tests conducted in accordance with Article 28 of the Money Market Funds Regulation (MMF Regulation). In accordance with Article 28(7) of the MMF Regulation, the … Continue Reading
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