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Presidency final compromise text – Directive amending the AIFMD and the UCITS Directive as regards delegation arrangements, liquidity risk management, supervisory reporting, provision of depositary and custody services and loan origination by alternative investment funds

On 21 June 2022, the Council of the European Union published the Presidency’s final compromise text for the draft Directive amending the Alternative Investment Funds Managers Directive and the UCITS Directive as regards delegation arrangements, liquidity risk management, supervisory reporting, provision of depositary and custody services and loan origination by alternative investment funds.… Continue Reading

MEPs want to revive European long-term investment funds

On 20 June 2022, the European Parliament issued an announcement stating that its Economic and Monetary Committee had adopted new rules for long-term investment funds. Lead MEP, Michiel Hoogeveen has said on the matter, ‘While the legislative framework for European long-term investment funds (ELTIFs) was adopted in 2015, so far their market remains small…The Parliament … Continue Reading

Council agrees its position on updated rules for hedge funds, private debt funds, and other alternative investment funds

On 25 November 2021, the European Commission proposed a number of legislative amendments to the Alternative Investment Funds Manager Directive (AIFMD), the UCITS Directive and the Regulation on European long term investment funds, namely the “AIFMD 2 Proposal”. The AIFMD Proposal aims to improve the integration of asset management markets in Europe, while modernising the … Continue Reading

ESMA final report on the 2021 CSA on costs and fees

On 31 May 2022, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued a report on the common supervisory action (CSA) on costs and fees for investment funds. The CSA was carried out with Member State competent authorities (NCAs) during 2021. The CSA’s aim was to assess, foster and enforce the compliance of supervised entities with … Continue Reading

UK authorities look to strengthen resilience of MMFs

Introduction On 23 May 2022, the FCA, jointly with the Bank of England, published Discussion Paper 22/1 ‘Resilience of Money Market Funds’ (DP22/1). At the same time the FCA published Finalised Guidance 22/3 ‘Finalised Guidance (non-Handbook) on parts of the UK MMF Regulation’ (FG22/3). DP22/1 Money market funds (MMFs) are a type of open-ended investment … Continue Reading

European Parliament draft report on proposal for a directive amending the AIFMD and UCITS IV Directive as regards delegation arrangements, liquidity risk management, supervisory reporting, provision of depositary and custody services and loan origination by alternative investment funds

On 16 May 2022, the European Parliament published a draft report concerning the proposal for a directive amending the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) and UCITS IV Directive as regards delegation arrangements, liquidity risk management, supervisory reporting, provision of depositary and custody services and loan origination by alternative investment funds. The draft report sets … Continue Reading

ESMA guidelines on stress test scenarios under the MMF Regulation

On 4 May 2022, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published the official translations of its guidelines on stress test scenarios under the Regulation on money market funds (MMF Regulation). The guidelines apply in relation to Article 28 of the MMF Regulation and establish common reference parameters for the stress test scenarios to be … Continue Reading

Commission targeted consultation on MMFs

On 12 April 2022, the European Commission launched a targeted public consultation intended to evaluate the Regulation on money market funds (MMF Regulation). The objective of the consultation is to seek feedback on the functioning of the regulatory framework and to collect data, in particular economic data, on the use of MMFs. The deadline for … Continue Reading

IOSCO seeks feedback on market liquidity issues affecting corporate bond markets under stress and good practices concerning ETFs

On 6 April 2022, the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) published a report, Corporate bond markets – drivers of liquidity during COVID-19 induced market stresses. The report analyses the work of the IOSCO working group on corporate bond market liquidity, which was tasked with analysing the corporate bond market microstructure, resilience and liquidity provision … Continue Reading

ESMA and NCAs find room for improvement in funds’ liquidity stress testing

On 30 March 2022, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) announced that following a supervisory engagement with investment funds and Member State national competent authorities (NCAs) it had found some room for improvement in funds’ liquidity stress testing. This year the ESMA will facilitate further discussion among NCAs on the application of its liquidity … Continue Reading

ESMA speech on key priorities for the asset management industry in 2022

On 30 March 2022, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a speech given by Natasha Cazenave, Executive Director at the ICI Investment Management Conference. The speech is entitled Key priorities for the asset management industry in 2022: sustainable finance and systemic risk and focusses on: Developing a framework for the asset management industry … Continue Reading

ESRB publishes letters to the Council Working Party and the European Parliament on AIFMD

On 23 March 2022, the European Systematic Risk Board (ESRB) published a letter to the Council Working Party and the European Parliament on the Directive on Alternative Investment Fund Managers (AIFMD) Review. The European Commission’s proposal reflects most of the considerations presented by the ESRB; they particularly welcome the proposal to increase the availability of … Continue Reading

ECA special report on the single market for investment funds

On 21 February 2022, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) published a special report concerning its findings following an audit during the period 2016 to July 2021 which examined how the EU set up a single market for investment funds. The special report concludes that EU actions have enabled a single market for investment funds … Continue Reading

ESMA proposes reforms to improve resilience of MMFs

On 16 February 2022, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued a final report containing an opinion setting out proposed reforms to the regulatory framework for money market funds (MMFs).  The final report is the outcome of the work that ESMA conducted on the reforms of the EU MMF regulatory framework in light of … Continue Reading

ESMA final report on guidelines on stress test scenarios under the MMF Regulation

On 14 February 2022, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued a final report containing updated guidelines that apply in relation to Article 28 of the Regulation on money market funds and establish common reference parameters for the stress test scenarios to be included in the stress tests conducted by money market funds (MMFs) … Continue Reading

HM Treasury publishes the summary of responses to the call for input on the review of the UK funds regime

On 10 February 2022, HM Treasury published a summary of responses to the January 2021 call for input on the review of the UK funds regime and sets out next steps. The overarching objective of the review is to identify options which will make the UK a more attractive location to set up, manage and … Continue Reading

ESMA CSA on the valuation of UCITS and open-ended AIFs across the EU

On 20 January 2022, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) announced that it was launching a Common Supervisory Action (CSA) with Member State competent authorities on the valuation of UCITS and open-ended Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) across the EU. Throughout 2022 the CSA will focus on authorised managers of UCITS and open-ended AIFs investing … Continue Reading

New online briefing note – European Commission’s AIFMD legislative proposal: Focus on delegation

We have published a new online briefing note on the European Commission’s AIFMD legislative proposal focussing on delegation.… Continue Reading

Commission proposal to amend ELTIF Regulation

On 25 November 2021, the European Commission published a proposal for a Regulation amending the Regulation on European long-term investment funds (ELTIFs). The changes relate to the scope of eligible assets and investments, the portfolio composition and diversification requirements, the borrowing of cash and other fund rules and as regards requirements pertaining to the authorisation, … Continue Reading

Commission proposal regarding delegation arrangements, liquidity risk management, supervisory reporting, provision of depositary and custody services and loan origination by AIFs

On 25 November 2021, the European Commission published a proposal for a Directive that would amend the Alternative Investment Funds Managers Directive (AIFMD) and UCITS Directive as regards delegation arrangements, liquidity risk management, supervisory reporting, provision of depositary and custody services and loan origination by alternative investment funds. Pages 11 to 16 of the proposal … Continue Reading

nvestment Association/Norton Rose Fulbright: Model Discretionary Investment Management Agreement (V 3.0)

On 4 November 2021, the Investment Association published version 3.0 of its model discretional investment management agreement, in co-operation with Norton Rose Fulbright. The model agreement is a template agreement relating to the appointment of a discretionary investment manager by a client that has been categorised by the manager as a professional client. The model … Continue Reading

European Parliament draft reports

On 18 October 2021, the European Parliament published the following reports: Draft Report on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2009/65/EC as regards the use of key information documents by management companies of undertakings for collective investment in transferable securities (UCITS) (PE697.633v01-00) (dated 14 October 2021). … Continue Reading

FSB report – Policy proposals to enhance money market fund resilience

On 11 October 2021, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published a report which forms a key part of its work programme on non-bank financial intermediation. The policy proposals in the report aim to address systematic risk and minimise the need for future extraordinary central bank interventions to support the sector alongside enhancing money market fund … Continue Reading

Commission consultation on amendments to UCITS Directive on PRIIPs KID exemption

On 5 August 2021, the European Commission issued for consultation a draft Directive amending the UCITS Directive as regards the use of key information documents by management companies of undertakings for collective investment in transferable securities. The draft Directive inserts a new Article 82a in the UCITS Directive. The Article provides that where a key … Continue Reading
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