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SEC Focuses on Burgeoning Liquid Alternative Funds Market

Registered investment companies that pursue alternative investment strategies (also referred to as "liquid alts") are a relatively new form of offering for investment managers accustomed to operating private investment funds....more

Director of SEC’s Division of Investment Management Provides Insights into Agency’s View of Alternative Mutual Funds and Focus of...

On June 30, 2014, in remarks to the Practising Law Institute’s Private Equity Forum, Norm Champ, Director of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management, addressed the increase in the number of mutual funds that use...more

The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive—a guide for US managers

The EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) has now been in force for some six months. This overview note is aimed at US managers who have not yet had to get to grips with the AIFMD but will need to raise...more

SEC Staff Issues Risk Alert Addressing Adviser Due Diligence on Alternative Investments

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) issued a National Examination Program Risk Alert that summarizes OCIE staff observations on investment adviser due diligence practices with respect to...more

FCA Guidance on Modification of the Funds Under Management Rule for AIFMs

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has issued guidance on the application procedure for modifying the “funds under management” rule. This modification will allow alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs) that use...more

FCA Publishes Final Guidance on AIFMD Remuneration Requirements

This alert will be of interest to FCA-authorised investment management firms that are registering, or are currently considering registering, as alternative investment fund managers (“AIFMs”). ...more

"The Future of Marketing Non-EU Alternative Investment Funds in Europe"

Adopted by the European Parliament in 2010 and implemented by EU member states in July 2013, the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (the Directive) seeks to protect investors and mitigate market instability by...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Fourth Quarter 2013: Leveling the Playing Field: Recent Developments in Benchmarks...

The individuals and entities responsible for setting financial market reference rates or, more broadly, financial benchmarks, have not historically been subject to extensive regulation. Recent misconduct by banks with regard...more

ESA Issues ESMA and EBA Consultation for Securities and Banking Complaints Handling

On November 6, the Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) issued a consultation paper by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) and the European Banking Authority (EBA) concerning draft...more

The EU’s Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive: Marketing Impact On Non-European Fund Managers

Alternative investment fund managers based outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who wish to market their alternative investment funds (AIFs) to European investors are rightly concerned about additional restrictions and...more

AIFMD: Countdown to Compliance

The July 22 deadline for EU Member States to transpose the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) into national law has arrived....more

AIFMD Countdown to Compliance

The deadline of 22 July 2013 for EU Member States to transpose the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (“AIFMD”) into national law is fast approaching....more

AIFMD Update – German Private Placement Rules

Our Investment Funds group has received an update on the changes to the private placement rules for marketing of alternative investment funds (“AIFs”) in Germany following the implementation of the Alternative Investment Fund...more

AIFMD: Impact on US Investment Advisers - June 2013: Sub-adviser to an EEA manager

AIFMD will affect the operations of US investment advisers which undertake investment management functions and certain other so-called collective management functions in respect of the portfolios of EEA or non-EEA AIF under...more

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