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Final Text of UCITS V Is Published

On August 28, the final text of a Directive to update Directive 2009/65/EC (UCITS IV Directive) on the coordination of laws, regulations and administrative provisions relating to undertakings for collective investment in...more

Council of EU Publishes Revised Text of UCITS-V

The Council of the EU has published a revised text (dated July 23, 2014) of the UCITS V Directive (PE-CONS 75/1/14)....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Bank of England Publishes Statement on Enforcement Action Against Lloyds Bank PLC and Bank of Scotland PLC - On July 28, the Bank of England published a statement on Financial Conduct Authority enforcement action...more

ESMA Discussion Paper on Calculation of Counterparty Risk by UCITS for OTC Derivatives Subject to EMIR Clearing

On July 23, ESMA published a discussion paper on how the limits on counterparty risk in centrally cleared OTC derivative transactions under the UCITS IV Directive should be calculated, and whether the same rules for both OTC...more

Key Considerations When Launching a Fund on a Third-Party UCITS or AIFMD Compliant Platform

The use of established third-party platforms has become increasingly popular for asset managers launching UCITS-compliant funds in recent years. The indicators are that this trend is likely to be even more pronounced among...more

No KIIDing - Hefty Fine from UK Regulator Underlines Importance of Compliance by UCITS

A fine of over £18 million was recently imposed by the UK regulatory body, the Financial Conduct Authority (the “FCA”), on a fund manager for a range of compliance breaches, including failing to ensure that its KIIDs were...more

Chilean Pension Funds Market Officially Open for Business for Irish UCITS.

Following Dechert’s series of reports in relation to the Chilean pension funds market and its accessibility to Irish UCITS, see Dechert OnPoint - Moody’s Upgrade Points to Reopening of the Chilean Pension Market to Irish...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

European Banking Authority Publishes Opinion on European Commission's Proposed Amendments to ITS - On April 16, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published via its website an opinion dated April 4, 2014 on...more

UCITS V - Aligning with AIFMD!

The European Parliament voted to adopt the UCITS V Directive (“UCITS V”) on 15 April 2014, in advance of Parliamentary elections next month. The final vote followed a period of uncertainty where there was potential for the...more

Simplified Authorization Procedure for Cross-Border Marketing of Swiss Securities Funds and German UCITS

At the beginning of this year – to the (pleasant) surprise of market participants – an agreement came into force to implement a simplification in the marketing of Swiss securities funds (Effektenfonds) in Germany, and German...more

Reform of the Derivative Markets in the European Union

The phased-in implementation of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation1 (EMIR), the European Union’s wide-ranging reform of its derivative markets, is due to continue throughout 2014. Risk mitigation rules were...more

"UCITS V Gets EU Political Backing, Foreshadowing New Limitations on Manager Remuneration"

European lawmakers have reached agreement on amendments to the Undertakings for the Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS) Directive, which regulates the management and marketing of EU mutual funds. These...more

UCITS 5 Political Agreement Reached

On February 25, the European Parliament published a press release announcing that political agreement has been reached with the Council of the EU on the proposed UCITS V Directive....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - March 3, 2014

UCITS 5 Political Agreement Reached - On February 25, the European Parliament published a press release announcing that political agreement has been reached with the Council of the EU on the proposed UCITS V Directive....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

Nailing the LEIs – How EMIR Trade Reporting Obligations Will Affect UCITS and Alternative Investment Funds

The European Market Infrastructure Regulation (Regulation No. 648/2012), known as “EMIR”, requires entities that transact derivatives to report prescribed details of any financial derivative instruments (“FDIs”) they conclude...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition, January 2014

In this issue: - EU Developments - Italian Developments - UK Developments - US Developments - Asian Developments - International Financial Markets Regulation Developments -...more

Moody’s Upgrade Points to Reopening of the Chilean Pension Market to Irish UCITS

It’s been a rocky road for Dublin over the past few years, but last month’s exit from the European Union-International Monetary Fund bailout and last Friday’s welcome news that Moody’s would follow Fitch and S&P by upgrading...more

Central Bank of Ireland Consults on an Draft UCITS Rulebook Including the Possible Removal of the Promoter Requirement

The Central Bank of Ireland (“Central Bank”) has today issued a consultation paper (CP 77) on the publication of a draft UCITS Rulebook. The consultation period will close on 28 March 2014. The UCITS Directive is...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Fourth Quarter 2013: Management of French Funds and Access to the French Market: New...

Further to the implementation of the AIFM Directive in France, new cross-border management and distribution possibilities are now available for investment products in the form of alternative investment funds (AIFs)....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

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Third Quarter 2013: European Fund Regulation – Just Like London Buses?

It is often said that you wait a considerable amount of time for a London bus to arrive, and then three turn up at once. If they are all going in the same direction, then (barring a breakdown) your choice should be...more

After AIFMD, the Central Bank of Ireland Turns its Attention to Loan Origination Funds

Having been one of the first countries to implement the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (“AIFMD”) and, as far as we can gather, having been the first country to approve an Alternative Investment Fund Manager...more

Addressing Remuneration Requirements for the EU Fund Management Industry

Increasing regulation of remuneration is being introduced across the European Union, including the possibility of limits on the amounts of bonuses that may be paid by certain firms....more

AIFMD: Update for non-EEA fund managers

From 22 July 2013, the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (2011/61/EU) (the “Directive”) and the supplementary level 2 Regulation (EU) No 231/2013 (the “Regulation”) will come into effect. This legislation will...more

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