6 key trends driving operational and technology decisions

By Eric Rocks

The global investment marketplace is constantly evolving and keeping up is a competitive necessity. To effectively manage your business growth, you must optimize your operations and anticipate market changes and new requirements. The financial industry has grown exponentially over the past 30 years, and better technology has enabled investment teams to manage this growth and its accompanying complexity effectively and efficiently.

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AIFMD II: What should we expect? – Part 2

By Alastair Hewitt

European policymakers have to deal with Brexit and its implications, and this naturally supersedes AIFMD II. It is believed that an AIFMD market study (due to report mid-2018) has already been put out for tender by the European Commission (EC). This would delay any AIFMD II proceedings.

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The challenges of data normalization

By Giles Smart and Justin Meagher

Today’s financial managers operate in a strict regulatory landscape that can be overwhelming and challenging. Many are struggling to stay on top of the new financial rules (e.g. AIFMD, EMIR, MiFID II, Solvency II, FATCA, and Dodd-Frank) while still effectively servicing their clients.

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Ireland, the jurisdiction of choice for global fund managers

By Colin Keane

Global fund managers consider Ireland their domicile of choice; since 2012, the assets serviced in Ireland have doubled. Eighteen of the top twenty global asset managers have Irish funds, and over 800 fund managers across 50 countries are being serviced in Ireland. It’s no surprise that Ireland is quickly being recognized as the domicile of choice for investment funds.

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UK government aiming to streamline LGPS market

By Punit Satsangi

The £179 billion UK Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) market is highly saturated. The government wants to streamline this market with 89 schemes into eight pools running at least £25 billion each by April 2018. Pools are currently presenting administrative and operational proposals to the government, with many opting to create an Authorised Contractual Scheme (ACS) structure.

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The challenges of AIFMD

Giles Smart and Alastair Hewitt

The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) is a European Union directive that established a regulatory and supervisory framework over hedge funds, private equity funds, real estate funds, and other alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs). To fulfil the reporting requirements of the AIFMD, AIFMs must file an Annex IV report. This report is comprised of a multitude of questions and static data points, analysing a fund’s investment portfolios, exposures, leverage ratios, liquidity, and risk analysis.

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What’s driving the UCITS phenomenon: Part 1

By Colin Keane

Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities(UCITS) have dominated the European funds market for more than two decades; assets under management equal more than €8.3 trillion, representing 60% of the European market (according to EFAMA Sept, 2016). Highly regulated, transparent, and liquid are synonymous with UCITS. So in an ever-changing market where investors seek absolute risk-adjusted returns, why are UCITS moving away from traditional strategies towards alternatives? And what opportunities does this present?   

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New UCITS Directive Creates Symmetry with AIFMD

By: Mark McLoughlin and Emma Foley

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The new Undertakings for the Collective Investment in Transferable Securities V (UCITS V) directive (implemented in Q1 2016) introduces several corresponding measures that have not historically been regulated. The new measures bring the existing UCITS (IV) regime in line with AIFMD. Here’s more about the changes and how they affect you.
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The New Era of Regulation (Part 3 of a 4 Part Series)

By Ron Tannenbaum

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How has regulation impacted the hedge fund industry? In this third of a four-part Q&A series, Ron Tannenbaum, managing director of business development for Europe, Middle East, and Africa at SS&C, discusses how regulation affects the hedge fund industry.
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