EFAMA welcomes the decision of the European Commission to adopt a targeted approach in its review of the Alternative Investment Fund Management Directive (AIFMD), along with key harmonising provisions within the Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferrable Securities Directive (UCITSD). This focus on targeted improvements recognises the role this framework has played in encouraging the growth in the European Alternative Investment Fund (AIF) market over the past decade and its resilience even throughout recent market stresses.
The AIFMD is one of the pillars of EU regulation for investment funds, crucial to the development of the Capital Markets Union and the EU’s post-pandemic economic recovery. Since 2010 the AIFMD has set high standards of harmonisation in the alternative investment fund management sector. It currently provides a consistent regulatory approach to potential risks of the financial system, better coordinated supervision, and a high level of investor protection.
EFAMA’s priority will be to ensure low touch review of the framework, and continue facilitating exchange of information amongst members to ensure the highest standards in the application of the measures.
EFAMA welcomes the European Commission’s review of the Alternative Investment Fund Management Directive (AIFMD), setting out targeted improvements to key provisions in the current framework. Such targeted improvements will make strides in advancing the Capital Markets Union.
EFAMA believes that ESMA’s draft ‘marketing communication’ Guidelines still require important clarifications to ensure full alignment between them and MiFID II’s Commission Delegated Regulation Article 44. This alignment is essential to ensure coherent rules for fund management companies and distributors. Unfortunately, parts of the proposed Guidelines are overly prescriptive and may unintentionally make some marketing materials vaguer or even inconsistent with local MiFID requirements for distributors.
For immediate release, Brussels - EFAMA welcomes the adoption by Council of its general approach to the AIFMD and UCITS reviews today. We commend the swift progress made by the French Presidency in this regard and its thorough approach to the review.
EFAMA expresses strong support for the Draft report of MEP Isabel Benjumea on the Review of the AIFMD and UCITS Directive
We welcome the targeted approach of the Commission in its review, recognising the overall success of the frameworks over the past decade.
The AIFMD is one of the pillars of EU regulation for investment funds, which will be crucial to the development of the Capital Markets Union (CMU) and the post Covid-19 economic recovery in the European Union. One subject that the AIFMD covers is the delegation process. We created the below infographic to shine a light on how delegation works under the current AIFMD, including how the delegation process is controlled, what activities can be delegated and what the benefits of delegation are for end investors and the asset management industry.
The report aims to provide a unique and comprehensive set of facts and figures on the state of the industry at the end of 2018 but also to highlight the fundamental role of asset managers in the financial system and wider economy.
Funds face unique challenges in performing intermediary oversight, and especially so because of MiFID II requirements, changing regulatory landscapes, and the absence of an industry agreed-upon standard between funds and their distribution channels. To help address these challenges, a dedicated working group developed a uniform due diligence questionnaire (DDQ) that will serve as the standard for investment funds (UCITS and AIFs) in performing onboarding and ongoing oversight of distribution channels.