EU Taxonomy – Challenges and opportunities for GPs

What is the EU Taxonomy?  The EU taxonomy was created as a classification system for sustainable economic activities. In response to our worsening climate crisis and the lack of initiative from the broader private sector, in 2019 the European Commission launched the Green Deal. The Green Deal set out an ambitious 2030 Climate Target Plan,…

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…

Private equity fund economics – what a difference (or not?) a year makes

Every year, MJ Hudson surveys the terms of a large, diverse sample of recently-closed private equity (PE), venture capital (VC) and growth capital funds, for which we have advised either the fund manager or a prospective investor. In this article, we assess the recent trends in core economic terms. For more information, please contact one…

Real assets in a COVID-19 world

In this paper, we discuss some of real assets, namely infrastructure and real estate, investment trends that have been brought to the fore during the COVID-19 crisis, from accelerating digitalisation to the decline in retail property. We will explore how asset classifications are likely to develop in response to these long-term trends and why it…

The alpha in ESG

From the very beginning of the ESG movement, about fifteen years ago, asset managers have asked themselves if and how ESG can create value. In our view, trillion-dollar questions are always worthy of our attention, particularly if answering them may help to save the planet. In order to show whether improvements in ESG can drive…

Regulatory capital – Top 10 tips

In this piece we discuss the FCA’s focus for the year ahead and what FCA authorised firms should be thinking about in regard to the impact of COVID-19 on their regulatory capital position. We hosted a webinar on regulatory capital – COVID-19 – How may it impact your regulatory capital position – Thursday, 30 Apr…

FCA on COVID-19 and LIBOR

Yes, that is right, in this article we are covering two completely unrelated topics which are (a) the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak and (b) the end of the London Inter-Bank Offered Rate – LIBOR. The only connection is that in the last month the FCA issued statements on both. Yes, that is right, in…

We need to talk about Brexit – a framework for what to tell your LPs

We’ve been through three prime ministers, two general elections and suffered three and a half years of uncertainty but, on 31 January, the UK actually did cut ties with the European Union. The UK has now entered the transitional Brexit period, which is planned to conclude on 31st December. Everything so far has gone “according…

Will the Roaring Twenties return? What’s new in money laundering regulations?

The Roaring Twenties The 1920s were known as the “Roaring Twenties” and it was a decade of two halves, starting with relative prosperity, following the First World War but progressing to rising unemployment, precipitating the Great Depression of the 1930s. Will the 2020s mirror the 1920s – a Brexit boom followed by rising inflation and…

LIBOR + four more trends that could move the needle

Interest rates remain low, the global economy continues to grow and liquidity is abundant which means the show goes on in the lending market. But while deal flow remains positive, it is important that lenders and borrowers alike carefully monitor their loan documentation to ensure it keeps pace with legal and regulatory developments and other…

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