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Securities Financing Transactions Regulation—Update

Regulation (EU) 2015/2365, the Securities Financing Transactions Regulation (SFTR), imposes a number of requirements on EU fund managers (see the previous Akin Gump client alert on SFTR, The New Securities Financing...more

U.K. Autumn Statement 2016: Key Implications for Investment Funds

On Wednesday 23 November 2016, Philip Hammond delivered the U.K. Autumn Statement, which included a number of announcements of relevance to the financial services industry. While relatively few new tax measures were...more

Brexit on Ice? Court Rules That Only UK Parliament Can Trigger Article 50

Earlier today, the High Court of Justice ruled that the U.K. government does not have the constitutional capacity to trigger the U.K.'s withdrawal from the European Union without further primary legislation being passed. This...more

ESMA Publishes Final UCITS Remuneration Guidelines and Final Amendments to the AIFMD Remuneration Guidelines

Key Points - - ESMA’s UCITS Remuneration Guidelines will apply from 1 January 2017 (subject to certain transitional provisions). - They will affect UCITS Managers and delegates of UCITS Managers conducting...more

ESMA Guidance Published On Application Of AIFMD Passport to Non-EU Jurisdictions

Four things you need to know: - ESMA has been undertaking a review of whether or not a number of jurisdictions outside the EU might be eligible to benefit from the various passporting rights, which could be extended...more

FCA Guidance on Fund Suspensions

Three things you need to know - - The UK Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") issued guidance (the “Guidance”) on the suspension of fund redemptions. - The Guidance applies to all FCA-authorised managers...more

Light at the End of the (Channel) Tunnel

MiFID II’s Passport for “Third Countries” and the Possibility of Continued Access to the EU Market for UK Firms - The decision to hold a referendum as to whether the United Kingdom (UK) should remain a member of the...more

6/29/2016  /  EEA , EU , MiFID II , Third Country Entities , UK , UK Brexit

UK Referendum and “Brexit”

What’s happening? - On 23 June, the United Kingdom is holding a referendum on withdrawing from the European Union. A vote to leave is forecast to have significant impacts on financial markets and participants in those...more

6/1/2016  /  EU , Global Market , Investment Funds , UK , UK Brexit

UK Budget 2016: Key Implications for Financial Services

On Wednesday March 16, 2016, George Osborne delivered his eighth budget as the U.K.’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, which included a number of announcements that will be relevant to the financial services industry....more

The New Securities Financing Transactions Regulation

The Securities Financing Transactions Regulation (“SFTR”), which imposes requirements on EU AIFMs and UCITS managers to make certain disclosures to investors, was adopted by the European Council on 16 November 2015. Some of...more

Transparency Directive II and Changes to the DTRs

Summary - On 26 November 2015, the United Kingdom’s major shareholding notification rules will be amended in order to implement the requirements of the revised Transparency Directive (“TD2”, as amended by Directive...more

Extension of the AIFMD Passports to Non-EU Alternative Fund Managers and Non-EU Alternative Investment Funds

Hardwired into the European Union (EU) Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) is a mechanism that could enable a non-EU alternative fund manager domiciled outside the EU to become authorised by an EU regulator...more

UK Summer Budget 2015

On Wednesday, 8 July 2015, George Osborne delivered the UK Summer Budget. The first Budget of the new Conservative government (and the second Budget of 2015), the Summer Budget is wide-ranging in scope and potentially...more

New Swiss Disclosure Annex for Non-Swiss Funds

The Swiss Funds and Asset Management Association (SFAMA) has published a model annex setting out prescribed form disclosure statements to be included in the offering documents and other marketing materials of non-Swiss funds...more

UK Budget 2015: Key Implications for Alternative Asset Managers

In a speech crammed full of digs aimed at opposition parties (and the French), the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered his final pre-election Budget this afternoon....more

UK Financial Conduct Authority Issues Significant Financial Penalty in Respect of Management of Conflicts of Interest by Asset...

Summary - This alert sets out details of a recently published final notice issued by the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) regarding the management of conflicts of interest within UK-licensed investment managers....more

An Update on Dealing Commissions and Market Abuse

Last week the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published two papers likely to have a significant impact on the day-to-day operation of investment fund managers in the immediate and medium term....more

Draft Finance Bill 2015: Key Implications for U.K.-Based Alternative Asset Managers and Their Funds

Following not quite so hotly on the heels of the Autumn Statement as some would like, the U.K. government has now published draft legislation for inclusion in next year’s Finance Bill. ...more

ESMA Consults on Guidelines on Asset Segregation Under AIFMD

On December 1, 2014, the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) published a Consultation Paper (ESMA/2014/1326) on asset segregation under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (2011/61/EU) (“AIFMD”)....more

Autumn Statement 2014: Key Implications for U.K.-Based Alternative Asset Managers and Their Funds

Shortly after 12.30 p.m. today, the U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, delivered the last Autumn Statement before next year’s general election....more

12/4/2014  /  Corporate Taxes , Tax Reform , UK

UK Implementation of AIFMD – Transitional Period Extended

In December 2013, HM Treasury announced that the transitional period allowing existing U.K. alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs) to continue managing their alternative investment funds (AIFs) without receiving...more

Finance Bill 2014 Published

The U.K. government has today published the final text of the 2014 Finance Bill. As discussed in our previous Alert, issued on March 19, the Finance Bill includes...more

3/28/2014  /  AIFM , AIFMD , HMRC , Income Taxes , Stamp Taxes , Tax Reform , UK

2014 U.K. Budget: Impact on Alternative Asset Managers

Chancellor George Osborne delivered his fifth coalition Budget today. In a wide-ranging statement, there are a significant number of tax-focused proposals that will make changes across the U.K. tax system. Some of these...more

Salaried Members Legislation & Alternative Investment Fund Manager (AIFM) Deferral Mechanism

Draft Salaried Member Legislation - Following the publication of further guidance on February 21, 2014, Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) in the U.K. has today issued revised “salaried member” legislation in...more

3/12/2014  /  AIFM , HMRC , Income Taxes , Tax Deferral

U.K. Partnership Tax Changes

Slightly later than first advertised, Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has now issued further guidance regarding the employment status of members of U.K. limited liability partnerships (LLPs)....more

2/25/2014  /  Business Taxes , Partnerships , UK
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