Revamped SFC Code on Unit Trusts and Mutual Funds targeted for implementation on 1 January 2019 with transitional period

On 6 December 2018, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) published the conclusions to its consultation on proposed amendments to the Code on Unit Trusts and Mutual Funds (UT Code). The proposed amendments are aimed at updating the regulatory regime for SFC-authorised funds and addressing the risks posed by financial innovation and other developments. Continue reading

SFC and AMF sign MOU on mutual recognition of funds between Hong Kong and France

Last week, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) of Hong Kong announced that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) of France on mutual recognition of funds (MRF) between Hong Kong and France.

The MOU allows eligible Hong Kong funds and French UCITS funds to be distributed to retail investors in France and the public in Hong Kong respectively, through a streamlined authorisation process. The types of funds currently covered are equity funds, bond funds and mixed funds.

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EU: Final ESMA Guidelines on UCITS V remuneration provisions: ESMA addresses the application of the proportionality principle under UCITS V and AIFMD

The European Securities and Markets Authority ("ESMA") has published its final guidelines on the remuneration requirements of the UCITS V directive (the "UCITS V Guidelines").  The key issue addressed by ESMA is the ability for smaller or less complex managers to disapply certain of the more onerous remuneration requirements (including the "Pay Out Process Rules") on the basis of the proportionality principle.

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EU: ESMA disagrees with the EBA on proportionality: guidelines on remuneration under UCITS V are published for consultation

On 23 July 2015, the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) published its draft guidelines on the implementation of the UCITS V remuneration principles for consultation.  In the consultation, ESMA’s approach to the application of proportionality differs from that of the European Banking Authority (EBA) in its consultation on revised CRD IV remuneration guidance, with ESMA suggesting that the co-legislators may have envisaged the possibility that the application of proportionality could lead to the disapplication of certain of the remuneration principles. Continue reading

AIF and UCITS marketing in France: the AMF clarifies its regulations

The AMF has issued a position and an instruction dated 30 June 2014 clarifying the rules for marketing AIFs (alternative investment funds) and UCITS (undertakings for the collective investment of transferable securities) that derive from Directive 2011/61/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 June 2011 (the AIFM Directive), as transposed into French law in Order 2013-676 of 25 July 2013 and decree 2013-687 of 25 July 2013. Continue reading