Funds & asset management

Reports, news and data relating to the funds & asset management sector.

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The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) entered into force on 21 July 2011 and had to be transposed into member state law by 22 July 2013. In most cases it was also to be effective from this date. Certain AIFMs were allowed a transitional period, lasting up to 22 July 2014, in which to seek the necessary variation of permission, authorisation or registration prior to implementation. The Directive is now fully in effect and in force. In March 2016, ESMA published Final Remuneration Guidelines for UCITS and AIFMD.

Latest Reports

  • City, London

    The proposals in the UK Prime Minister’s speech on 17th January and the White Paper on 2nd February will require a new construct for cross-border regulatory coordination between the EU and the UK, which will operate in a complex legal and regulatory environment (outside the EU/EEA single market). CMS and ...

  • Glass sky

    Will Dibble (CMS Partner, UK) and Michael Cavers (CMS Partner, UK) held a seminar on PRIIPs Key Information Document requirements.

    Please click on the link in the title to download the PDF version of the seminar slides.

  • EU flag

    We are pleased to issue our updated Guide to Passporting (UCITS): rules on marketing Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities in Europe.

    The UCITS Directive was established to harmonise retail collective investment schemes in the EU through the introduction of a common investment vehicle known as a “UCITS”. One of the key benefits of the UCITS Directive is that UCITS can be established and regulated in one EU member state and offered in others without the need for further authorisation by virtue of passporting rights under the UCITS Directive.

    The purpose of this guide is to assist UCITS managers to understand the process and regulatory costs involved in exercising such passporting rights throughout Europe. To view or download our Guide, please click here

  • Europe from space

    We are pleased to issue our updated Guide to Passporting: Rules on Marketing Alternative Investment Funds in Europe.

    The EU Commission promoted passporting rights as one of the key benefits for hedge, private equity, real estate and other alternative investment fund managers authorised under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (“AIFMD”).

    However, we are now experiencing impediments to the passporting rights as certain domestic regulators are imposing ‘border controls’, and fund managers need to pay fees and comply with various other requirements in order to market their funds cross-border.

    The diversity of the domestic rules makes it challenging for AIFMD authorised managers to assess the costs and various other requirements for penetrating the EU market. This guide provides a road map, which will hopefully assist managers in understanding the costs and other requirements under AIFMD, other EU directives and domestic regulations.

    To view or download a copy of our Guide, please click here.

  • We are pleased to issue our updated Guide to Private Placement of Funds: Accessing European Investors post-AIFMD.

    When implementing the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (“AIFMD”), some EU States have tightened or severely restricted their private placement regimes, which is important when non-EU managers and funds look to access EU investors.

    Our Guide briefly summarises the latest developments in relation to the private placement regimes of EU States, as well as covering certain non-EU States. Please click here to view or download the Guide.

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Future Dates

* Estimated date

  • 23 March 2018

    Deadline for responses to FCA's consultation CP18/4: the Money Market Funds Regulation.

  • *Spring 2018

    Bank of England suggests Shari'ah compliant deposit facility may be in place by this period. This follows from the April 2017 BoE consultation on Shari'ah compliant liquidity facilities.

  • 21 July 2018

    Money Market Fund Regulation enters into force and effect from this date.