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Boardroom Perspectives: How Directors Can Use Sustainability to Drive Value

Boards frequently encounter sustainability and other environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues in the oversight of a company’s operations, management, financial reporting and public disclosure. Investors increasingly...more

Infrastructure M&A: Journey to the non-core: How the European infrastructure M&A market is changing

HEADLINES - - Overall appetite for infrastructure investment remains strong. M&A deal value rose 75 per cent from 2010 and 2016. Deal volume grew 196 per cent over this period - The number and value of...more

Use of Dealing Commission Remains a Top Priority for UK Financial Conduct Authority

The Financial Conduct Authority published a statement on the use of dealing commission by investment management firms, including asset managers and wealth managers. The FCA conducted a review of firms' practices from 2012 and...more

Asset Managers: Are You Ready for Your Exam? Steps You Should Take Now

Last week we told you about the five biggest pet peeves of the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) when examining investment advisers. This week, we want to get you ready for your exam. Here are the...more

Blog: Blackrock Sets Its Priorities For Board Engagement

Asset management firm BlackRock (reportedly the largest, with $5.1 trillion under management) has identified its “Investment Stewardship” priorities for 2017-2018, intended to help companies prepare for engaging with...more

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

EMIR - Spanish Pension Schemes Exempt and Updated Q&A - On 25 January, ESMA issued its opinion confirming the exemption from the EMIR clearing obligation for certain Spanish pension schemes....more

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

UK Supreme Court Rules UK Parliament Must Approve Brexit Notice to EU - Under Article 50 of the EU Treaty, the process for the UK to leave the EU is commenced by service of a notice on the European Council, which starts...more

SEC Speaks: 2017 Enforcement and Exam Trends for Private Funds

At the recent SEC Speaks program, sponsored by PLI, senior SEC staff members provided valuable insight into the SEC’s 2017 priorities for private funds. While the tenor of this year’s discussion seemed to focus more on...more

The SEC Speaks 2017: Division of Enforcement Highlights

At the SEC Speaks 2017 conference, held in Washington, D.C. from February 24-25, 2017, senior Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) officials shared their observations about the SEC’s Division of Enforcement’s...more

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

Audit Regulators in Australia and in Luxembourg Enter Into Cooperative Agreement - The Australian Securities and Investments Commission and Luxembourg’s Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (“CSSF”) have...more

UK Must Get to Grips with Brexit and MiFID II

Asset Managers Face Some Difficult Decisions - 2017 is proving to be a stressful and costly year for asset managers. The terms of the UK’s exit from the EU will continue to be the subject of extensive debate, both...more

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

Central Bank Publishes Feedback Statement on CP105 - The Central Bank published its Feedback Statement on CP105 on 19 January 2017. CP105 sets out proposed amendments to the Central Bank UCITS Regulations in light of...more

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

BaFin publishes circular on regulatory requirements to the business organization of insurance companies (MaGo) - BaFin published a circular on regulatory requirements on 25 January 2017 for the business organization of...more

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

AMF - Update of the MiFID II guide for asset management companies - The Autorité des Marchés Financiers (the “AMF”, the French financial markets authority) updated its MiFID II Guide for Asset Management Companies on 6...more

The Top Five "Gotcha" Deficiencies Plaguing Asset Managers and How to Avoid Them

Let’s start with this caveat: as we all know, under the still-new Trump Administration, priorities may and are likely to change. Now that we got that off our chest, it is nevertheless not the time to sit back and wait. The...more

SEC Speaks 2017

Commission staff highlight key developments and successes in the SEC enforcement program. As they do every year, senior officials from the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or the Commission), including current...more

Financial Stability Board Targets Fund Finance

In marked contrast to the emerging U.S. deregulatory climate, the G-20’s Financial Stability Board (FSB) has issued Policy Recommendations for the regulation of four “structural vulnerabilities” in the asset management...more

SEC Staff Discusses Investment Company Reporting Modernization and Asset Management Industry Trends at SEC Speaks in 2017...

On February 24, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management (the “Staff”) participated in a panel at the Practising Law Institute’s SEC Speaks in 2017 conference. As part of the...more

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

AIFMD - ESMA Updates Q&As on the Application of the AIFMD - ESMA updated its Q&As on 16 December on the application of the AIFMD. The revised Q&As include one updated question and answer on reporting obligations by...more

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

Enforcement of the 2016 Financial Information Published by Issuers Subject to the Transparency Law - In accordance with the Luxembourg law of 11 January 2008 on transparency requirements for issuers, the CSSF monitors...more

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

Central Bank Signs Off on CP86 with a Location Rule Compromise - The Central Bank published its Third Consultation and Feedback Statement on CP86 on 19 December 2016. While the multi-location rule was abandoned, the...more

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

BaFin Publishes KAMaRisk - BaFin published the “Minimum Requirements on Risk Management for Investment Management Companies (Mindestanforderungen an das Risikomanagement für Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaften -...more

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

AMF Consultations - Corporate Finance Advice and Intermediation in Miscellaneous Assets - The Autorité des Marchés Financiers (the “AMF”, the French financial markets authority) has recently launched two public...more

Currency Hedging Survives ESMA UCITS Share Class Cull

For the past two years, the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”), Europe’s main securities regulator, has had UCITS share classes in their sights. It has issued two discussion papers on the topic and has now...more

Is a pan-European asset management company a panacea to Europe's growing NPL problem?

On 30 January 2017, the Chairman of the European Banking Authority ("EBA") Andrea Enria outlined his proposal for tackling the large number of non-performing loans ("NPLs") that have increasingly troubled European banks and...more

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