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,…

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…

10 VC facts: past, present and future

This month MJ Hudson celebrated it’s 10-year anniversary. So, in this article, we wanted to capitalise on it by shining a light on ten key facts of the Venture Capital industry that illustrate its state of play, scope, and successes. We have seen in past financial crises that Venture Capital has had a significant hand…

GDPR: 8 top tips for your M&A deal

This month we focus on the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), and provide 8 top tips to mitigate its impact on M&A transactions. The GDPR comes into force on 25 May 2018, imposing stricter controls in relation to the personal data of EU citizens, broad territorial application and significant penalties for breach. The UK…

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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