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Update on EC proposals to amend UCITS, AIFMD, EuVECA and ELTIF to facilitate cross-border distribution

On 12 March 2018, the European Commission issued a proposal for a new regulation (the Regulation) and a new directive (the Directive) concerning the cross-border distribution of collective investment funds amending inter alia UCITS (the UCITS Directive), AIFMD, EuVECA and EuSEF (the Proposals). Please find below a summary of the main changes under the Proposals. What will change under the Proposals?

MEES: What information is required to register an exemption?

By Maria Connolly Since 1 April, it has been unlawful for a landlord to let a property with an EPC rating of below E, unless an exemption has been registered on the PRS Exemptions Register. The government has released guidance on the evidence required to register an exemption on the PRS Exemptions Register…

Getting the Deal Through: Fund Management 2018, Luxembourg edition

Fund Management traces the regulatory and legislative obligations facing fund managers balancing the need to maximise investment returns whilst also ensuring adequate investor protections in an increasingly challenging regulatory environment. Topics are written by leading experts and include: authorities responsible for fund regulation; licensing processes; territorial scope of regulation; required authorisations of fund marketing activities; […]

Financial Regulatory News Updates – April 2018

The Financial Regulatory News Updates: an overview in which Loyens & Loeff’s Banking and Finance Practice Group highlights recent legislative developments and publications of supervisory authorities in the financial markets…

Dutch coal exit proposed by new draft bill

On 19 May 2018 the Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy (hereinafter: ‘the Minister’) published its draft bill (in Dutch only) on the Prohibition of the use of coal by power producers for public consultation (hereinafter: ‘the draft bill’). The basis of the draft bill derives from international (the Paris Agreement in 2015) and national (the […]

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Travers to promote firm-wide diversity week in wake of pregnancy discrimination ruling

Travers Smith will review its training contract programme and invite all partners and staff to take part in its first Diversity Week in the autumn in the wake of an Employment Tribunal ruling against the firm. The tribunal dismissed all but one of former trainee Katie Tantum’s unfair dismissal claims and pregnancy discrimination against Travers […]

Power 30 list names Conyers director Fawaz Elmalki as industry leader

Conyers Dill & Pearman’s Fawaz Elmalki has been recognised in the 2013 MENA Fund Manager Service Provider Power 30 list. The Power 30 list — described as the ‘who’s who’ of service providers in the region — recognises individuals who continue to shape the MENA funds industry. Fawaz, a director in Conyers’ Dubai office, was […]

MENA investment into Africa: Mauritius is the bridge

Many MENA-based investors looking to expand into Africa operate from Dubai, which has positioned itself as the regional leader for trade, transport, tourism, logistics and financial services. Ideally positioned between the Asian tigers and the African lions, Dubai is very much the choice of investors seeking to do business in the African continent, with COMESA […]

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Bird of Smithfield

Brecher managing partner Nicky Richmond indulges in a thoroughly crackling dinner at Bird of Smithfield. My friend Don told me that his cousin Alan was going to open a new restaurant in Smithfield and that we would have to try it. I was a bit worried, in that what if it’s really rubbish way. I’d […]

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