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"AIFMD Passport: Europe Must Try Harder"

On July 30, 2015, the pan-EU securities regulator, European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), published two papers covering the application of the marketing “passport” under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

Finance Ministry Proposes Changes to German Fund Taxation - The draft bill proposed by the Finance Ministry for discussion purposes contains significant changes to the German tax environment regarding funds and...more

AIFMD: ESMA Recommends the First Wave of Non-EU Countries to Obtain a Europe-Wide Marketing Passport

On July 30, 2015, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) released its advice to the European Parliament, Council of the European Union and the European Commission on the application of the passport to non-EU...more

ESMA stalls on extending the AIFMD Marketing Passport to Non-European Managers

The European Securities and Markets Agency (ESMA) today published its advice on extending the application of the marketing 'passport' under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) to non-European managers....more

MiFID II: The Next Big Challenge - Key Issues for Asset Managers

Background - The Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (“MiFID II”) and the related Regulation (“MiFIR”) is the next big rewrite of EU legislation, due to take effect at the beginning of 2017. Although its greatest...more

Reporting Under the AIFMD for Luxembourg AIFMs and Non-EU AIFMs Marketing AIFs in Luxembourg

One of the key drivers for the AIFMD1 is to monitor systemic risk by, among other means, collecting relevant information through harmonized reporting by alternative investment fund managers (“AIFMs”) on their alternative...more

ESMA Recommends to the European Commission That All MiFID Firms Have a Full-Time Compliance Function

The European Securities and Markets Authority’s (ESMA’s) final advice to the European Commission, which may (if the European Commission concurs) be transposed into new rules under the revised and re-cast Markets in Financial...more

ESMA Takes First Steps Toward Determining Whether To Extend AIFMD’s Passport to Non-EU AIFMs

On November 7, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a Call for Evidence (available here) seeking industry views that will be used to help shape its opinion and advice required to be provided by July...more

ESMA Call for Evidence on AIFMD Passport and Third Country AIFMs

On November 7, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a call for evidence on the EU passport under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) and third country Alternative Investment...more

Updated EMIR Q&A Published by ESMA

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published the eleventh version of its “Questions and Answers” on EMIR implementation (EMIR Q&A) on October 24. The updated EMIR Q&A responds principally to questions that...more

Update on ESMA Clearing Obligations for Credit Default Swaps

On September 24, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published on its website the public responses to its Consultation Paper on the draft regulatory standards (RTS) for Clearing Obligation No. 2 concerning...more

ESMA Publishes Guidelines on Reporting Obligations Under the AIFMD

On August 8, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published official translations of its Guidelines on Reporting Obligations under Articles 3(3)(d) and 24(1), (2) and (4) of the Alternative Investment Fund...more

10 Popular Reads Covering Latest European Union Developments

Recap of popular updates covering latest developments in the European Union....more

Application of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation to Alternative Investment Fund Managers

European investment managers of non-UCITs funds will have to be authorised as an alternative investment fund manager (known as an “AIFM” under AIFMD) under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (“AIFMD”) from 22...more

The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive—Implementation in Germany

Following up on our Client Alert as of 18 February 2014 which covered the implications the EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) will have on US fund managers in general, this Client Alert sets out the...more

ESMA Q&A on Application of AIFMD

On February 17, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a questions and answers paper (Q&A) on the application of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (2011/61/EU) (AIFM Directive or...more

FCA Issues Final Remuneration Guidance for AIF Managers

The UK Financial Conduct Authority’s new guidance on AIFMD remuneration requirements has now provided some clarity for EU and non-EU managers, including relief from many of the requirements for small UK managers....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - February 24, 2014

ESMA Q&A on Application of AIFMD - On February 17, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a questions and answers paper (Q&A) on the application of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers...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

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

FCA Publishes Statement on Reporting Requirements of AIFMs

On November 4, the FCA published a statement on reporting requirements for managers of AIFs (AIFMs) under the AIFMD. In certain circumstances, firms already authorized as AIFMs will be required to provide regulatory...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review - November 12, 2013

CFTC Proposed Rule on Commodity Pools - On November 5, the CFTC issued a proposed rule that would require that all registered introducing brokers (IBs), commodity pool operators (CPOs) and commodity trading advisors...more

Financial Conduct Authority Guidance on AIFM Directive Remuneration Provisions

The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) released proposed guidance on 6 September 2013 on its implementation of the remuneration provisions in the AIFM Directive (the AIFM Remuneration Code) for UK alternative investment...more

AIFMD Reporting Obligations – ESMA Issues Its Final Report

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its long-awaited final report (the Report) on 1 October 2013, setting out detailed guidelines relating to (i) the reporting obligations under Articles 3(3)(d) and...more

Final ESMA Guidelines on Key Concepts of the AIFMD Published

On August 13, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published the final version of its guidelines on key concepts of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (2011/61/EU) (AIFMD) (ESMA/2013/611)....more

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