Four months left to AIFMD: it is time to get off the fence

Authors: David Borg-Carbott
Published on April 17, 2013
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Practices: Asset Management, Investment Funds, Investment Services Regulation
With just four months until the European Union’s (EU) controversial Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) comes into effect, Dr David Borg-Carbott from GANADO Advocates explains that it is decision time for non-EU fund managers and sums up the options available.

This article was published in the Euromoney Global Investment Funds Review 2013.

Malta: Offering flexibility right down to the cellular level

Authors: David Borg-Carbott
Published on October 2, 2012
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Practices: Asset Management, Fund Custody, Investment Funds, Investment Services Regulation
Malta is often described by financial services operators who have chosen to set-up shop here as a flexible and business friendly jurisdiction. Over the years, Malta has sought to provide established operators and start-ups alike a legislative and regulatory environment that, whilst in conformity with European Union legislation, is in tune with such operators’ commercial needs.

Malta’s PIF & De Minimis Rulebooks: bootstrapping your start-up

Authors: Christopher Mallia
Published on February 20, 2014
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Practices: Investment Funds, Investment Services Regulation
Starting a hedge fund is easy. Rent a one-room office, rope in a couple of analysts, spread the word in the right circles and before you know it you’ll have more seed capital than your strategy can house. Workable ideas and elbow grease quickly become competitive advantages, absolute returns abound and performance fees will pretty much make themselves. Except that’s not how it works at all.

Maltese securitisation vehicles are not alternative investment funds

Authors: Max Ganado, Richard Ambery, Matthew Mizzi
Published on August 8, 2014
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Practices: Derivatives, Investment Services Regulation, Structured Finance & Securitisation
If the term “securitisation special purpose entity” in the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) were to be applied narrowly, then various securitisation transactions, including risk securitisations or possibly even whole business securitisations, would possibly fall within the scope of the AIFMD. Malta’s securitisation law provides clarity.

MFSA Launches New Framework for Alternative Investor Funds

Authors: Mario Zerafa
Published on April 4, 2016
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On the 11th February 2016, the Malta Financial Services Authority (the “MFSA”) announced the launch of a new framework to be referred to as the Notified Alternative Investment Funds regime (the “Notified AIFs”). This new regime is expected to solve time to market issues being faced by a number of AIFMs wishing to launch AIFs and market them to investors in a tight time frame to meet market opportunities.

The AIFMD and Fund Distribution in the EU

Authors: André Zerafa
Published on August 17, 2017
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Practices: Investment Funds, Investment Services Regulation
The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) was introduced in 2013. The aim of the Directive is to regulate the provision of fund management services by fund managers to alternative investment funds. As such, it also introduces rules on the marketing of AIFs in the European Union. Malta, being a member of the EU, has fully transposed and implemented the AIFMD which has formed part of Maltese law for over three years.