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…

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…

Brexit looms for AIFMs: 11 months is a long time in politics

On 31 January 2020, the UK left the EU with the withdrawal agreement and no very noticeable changes.  This welcomed a new era, known as the implementation period, which will serve until 31 December 20201. Now, all eyes are on the next 11 months, where Boris and Brussels will face off to decide how the…

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…

On the brink of Brexit

The UK is set to leave the European Union on 31st of October. All bets are off as to whether it will actually happen, especially when one considers the number of extensions and the never-ending drama unfolding at Westminster. Like me, I am sure many readers are suffering from “Brexit fatigue”. However, it would be…

Brexit – the “lunar loophole”

In our times of greatest need, we often raise our gaze to the heavens. Today, on April 1st, we find ourselves on the wrong side of the original Brexit deadline, with no resolution. And there remains no certainty for those looking to raise capital or invest in and out of the UK and the EEA….

Brexit, begin

Nine months after the referendum that overturned half a century of British economic and foreign policy, the UK government has invoked Article 50. The ‘phoney war’ is over, and now begins at least two years of negotiations that, absent a dramatic U-turn, will conclude with Britain leaving the European Union. No one can be certain…

The revolution of 2016: what have we learned?

2016 has seen a dizzying succession of electoral earthquakes which have made it the most revolutionary year since the fall of the Berlin Wall. To borrow Tony Blair’s words from October 2001: – The kaleidoscope has been shaken, the pieces are in flux. Here are six lessons that asset managers and investors can take away…

Brexit: Plus ça change for UK alternative fund managers?

The full impact of Brexit for the alternative funds sector will not be known for some time. But in this article we argue that UK, EU and non-EU alternative fund managers are unlikely to be significantly adversely affected and that even in a worst case scenario there will be relatively straightforward work-arounds. Managers are understandably…

Brexit: It’s not me; it’s EU

The UK goes to the polls on its EU membership in just over three weeks. If Brexit happens, what can the private equity industry expect? The situation today The UK private equity industry is the largest in Europe and an important component of the UK’s financial services sector. Like banks and other asset managers, most…

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