New FCA Consumer Duty rules

The FCA has released its Policy Statement on the Consumer Duty, which it hopes that this will lead to a cultural shift in how firms’ approach the development and sale of products and services to customers. The Customer Duty introduces a new Principle, Principle 12, within the FCA’s Principles for Businesses which reads “a firm…

Important new FCA rules on marketing investments

This article contains important information on proposed new rules and guidelines that are proposed to be made by the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) and HM Treasury (“HMT”). These new rules and guidelines are still open to consultation but, if adopted in their current form, may mean significant changes to: the types of investors that are…

2021: The FCA laying the foundations to tackle consumer harm

Reducing consumer harm has been a key regulatory focus for the FCA over 2021, and the final hallows of the year provide a good opportunity to reflect on the plans, proposals and policies seen from the FCA during this period. Consumer harm is not a novel concept, nor are efforts to mitigate harm; but nonetheless…

Private markets: sustainability for institutional portfolios

With the global COVID-19 pandemic in its second year now and with the immense uncertainty that institutional investors still face, investment strategy reviews should be high on the agenda (if not already completed!). With the extreme market volatility experienced in the last year and sharpened focus on ESG, investors have been given a wake-up call…

Governance rules for Irish fund management companies

‘CP86’ as the Fund Management Company Guidance has continued to be referred to as, is now back at the forefront of Irish Fund industry. Following its implementation in July 2018, the Central Bank of Ireland carried out several desktop and on-site reviews of the industry’s approach and implementation of the regime, the results of which…

Marketing a non-EEA domiciled fund to professional investors

Most of our readers will be aware that, from 1 January 2021, non-EEA domiciled fund structures do not benefit from any EU Marketing Passport under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (“AIFMD”). How are firms responding to this? We are seeing a jurisdiction-by-jurisdiction approach being adopted by most of our clients, who are looking to…

SFDR – the new ESG regulation in the European Union

Over recent years the EU made a significant political decision to establish a package of Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) initiatives and legislation to move Europe toward several Sustainability goals. Within the package of initiatives is the sustainability related disclosure in the financial services sector Regulation (“SFDR”). This requires financial actors to consider two main…

Unsustainable risks? Regulatory climate change for AIFMD

The Alternative Investment Fund Management Directive (“AIFMD”) was implemented in the EU in 2013, to regulate the alternative investment industry, chiefly as a result of the Global Financial Crisis. Fast forward seven years and this directive is still evolving, but now with a new focus: sustainabilty. On 8th June 2020, the European Commission published a…

A short primer on Shariah-compliant private equity funds

Shariah-compliant private equity funds are governed by the laws and principles of Islam. The amount of capital managed by these funds continues to increase, partly due to the build-up of savings from successive oil and gas booms in the Middle East, the heartland of the Islamic world. Many investors would like to put their money…

ESG factors gaining ground in pension fund investing

If the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us anything, it is the importance of the community in which we live and work. We see this importance upheld through organic ESG improvements. There have been many uplifting stories in social media about acts of goodwill, not just by individuals, but by companies who have responded to the…

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