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EU Workplace Pensions Now Required to Incorporate ESG Issues

A new pensions directive was passed by the European Parliament on 24 November securing 512 votes (only 77 votes against and 40 abstentions), requiring EU workplace pension funds to consider environmental, social and...more

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

EMIR – European Commission adopts revised rules for reporting to trade repositories under EMIR - The European Commission adopted revised rules for reporting to trade repositories under EMIR on 26 October 2016. The...more

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

FCA Publishes Final Rules Removing Certain Ineffective Disclosure Requirements - The FCA published a policy statement on 11 October 2016, removing certain ineffective disclosure requirements from the FCA Handbook...more

Squeezed in the Middle

Fund managers are getting squeezed from all directions. Absent raising a larger fund next time, GPs cannot realistically expect to grow top line revenue. At the same time, they bear variable and often unpredictable...more

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

ALFI Response to IOSCO Consultation Report on Good Practices for the Termination of Investment Funds - ALFI responded to the IOSCO Consultation Report on Good Practices for the Termination of Investment Funds which...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

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

Central Bank launches ORION II platform to authorise all QIAIFs applications - All QIAIFs applications (including ICAVs) will be processed via the CBI’s ORION platform allowing consistency with other legal structures and...more

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

German Investment Fund Association Extends Rules of Conduct - The general meeting of the German Investment Fund Association BVI (Deutscher Fondsverband) agreed to revised rules of conduct for the fund industry which will...more

Recent Developments on Review of Foreign Investment into Germany: Is the German Government Tightening the Rules?

A brief orientation on the German foreign investment approval procedure - Highlights - - For the first time ever the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has withdrawn an already granted...more

Green Bonds & Islamic Finance

Green Finance - Green Bonds are a specific sub-set of bonds used for clean energy projects, the vast majority of which are in the area of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Green Bond deals can include other types...more

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

AMF Doctrine – Management Fees - The AMF, within the framework of the FROG Working Group (French Routes and Opportunities Garden, whose role is to develop the French asset management industry), updated on 8 November 2016...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: November 2016 #2

California Appellate Court Overturns “Sham Guaranty” Defense - The single-purpose entity (SPE) has become a ubiquitous tool in commercial real estate acquisitions and financing in California. Lenders increasingly require...more

New FINRA Capital Acquisition Broker Rules May Offer Limited Relief to Private Investment Fund Advisers

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently approved a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) proposal to adopt a new regime for the regulation of electing broker-dealer firms that meet the...more

Introduction of limited partnership law in the Kingdom of Bahrain

The Central Bank of Bahrain has recently introduced the Limited Partnership Law (the Law) in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The law was passed by Parliament and was published on 4 August 2016 in the Official Gazette....more

The Next Generation of Funds in Asia: Hong Kong’s Open-ended Fund Company

On 10 June 2016, the Securities and Futures (Amendment) Bill 2016, which introduces the legal framework for the open-ended fund company (“OFC”) regime, was enacted as an ordinance (“Ordinance”) in Hong Kong. The Ordinance is...more

China to Allow Foreign Asset Managers to Operate Local Funds

Recently, the Asset Management Association of China (“AMAC”) issued a Q&A on Private Securities Fund Registration (No.10) (“Q&A No.10”), under which foreign asset managers are allowed to form a wholly foreign-owned enterprise...more

Changes in Taxation of Closed-end Investment Funds

The Sejm has received a draft act on the amendment of personal income tax and corporate income tax. The amendment aims at changing taxation of investment funds....more

The annulment of the CIT exemption for closed-end investment funds

On 31 October 2016, a Bill on the amendment to the Personal Income Tax Act and the Corporate Income tax Act was submitted to the Sejm. The Bill provides, among others, for modified principles of taxation for investment funds,...more

Further Guidance on the HSR Act Investment-Only Exemption for Seemingly “Passive” Investors Engaging with Management

Investors considering engaging with management should take note of a recent informal interpretation received from the FTC’s Premerger Notification Office (PNO) advising that certain seemingly “passive” behavior is...more

SEC Finalizes Rules Requiring Liquidity Risk Management by Open-End Funds

In an October 13, 2016 release (the “Release”), the SEC adopted Rule 22e-4 (the “Rule”) and published new disclosure and data reporting requirements. Most notably...more

IRS Issues Final and Temporary Debt-Equity Regulations Under Section 385

On October 13, 2016, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service issued final and temporary regulations under section 385. The final and temporary regulations recharacterize certain debt instruments as equity for...more

"IRS and Treasury Issue Final Debt/Equity Regulations"

On October 13, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Treasury Department (Treasury) issued temporary and final Treasury regulations under Section 385 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Final...more

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

EMIR – Revised List of CCPs and New Rules to Mitigate Risks in Non-Cleared OTC Derivative Transactions ESMA updated its list on 29 September 2016 of third-country central counterparties recognised to offer services and...more

Owner/Trustee of 401(k) Plan Accused of Having Eyes Wide Shut on Fiduciary Duties

Last June I blogged about the trend of participant fee class actions moving down to smaller 401(k) Plans. Occasionally, class actions are brought based on other breaches of fiduciary duties, particularly those involving...more

Looking over the edge of the Cliff - The Use of Pooled Income Funds to Reduce the Taxation of Offshore Repatriated Carried...

The addition of IRC Sec 457A effectively ended the ability of investment managers to defer the tax recognition of the carried interest in the investment manager’s offshore fund. Under IRC Sec 457A, hedge fund managers must...more

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