ManCos

Managing ESG: Challenges and Opportunities in the Asset Management World

This article was written together with Eleonora Cambone. The rise of ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) and Sustainable investments is undebatable, and the figures testifying this are clear as day: as of December 2018, there are 2,816 European responsible investment funds domiciled in Europe with a total assets under management (AuM) of EUR 496 billio […]
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New Luxembourg law protects fund sector from Brexit

On 28 March 2019, the Chamber of Deputies passed a law that grants investment funds a one-year delay in which to solve breaches of investment rules and EU passporting issues that would result from a “hard” or “no-deal” Brexit. The main objective of this law is to maintain market stability and protect investors from negative Brexit-related consequences. […]
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Brexit and asset management: the Luxembourg transfer pricing perspective

The asset management industry in the United Kingdom is the one of the biggest in the world, while Luxembourg is often cited as a key jurisdiction for asset management too, being the largest fund domicile in the EU. At present, although the Brexit negotiations between the UK and EU seem to be at a standstill, many leading asset management firms are planning fo […]
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Fund managers: why Circular 18/698 might surprise you

The CSSF’s new circular, 18/698, was released one month ago. Although it will require a bit of work to implement, its aims are pure: to create a level playing field for UCITS ManCos and AIFMs, expanding on the existing principle-based approach but with a more prescriptive touch. The circular was written with practical findings on ManCo effectiveness in mind, t […]
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Management companies and AIFMs: time for a health check

On 23 August 2018, the CSSF released Circular 18/698 setting out rules for the authorisation and organisation of investment fund managers. The new circular aims to define a harmonised approach to Chapter 15 management companies, as well as AIFMs, replacing Circular 12/546 which laid down the CSSF’s expectation for UCITS managers only (though served as a ben […]