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  • Cropped image of an unrecognizable businessman pulling out his empty pocket
    June 13, 2022
    • Investor Services
    With the curtailment of trading in Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian securities, fund liquidity is high on asset managers’ agendas. BBH’s Adrian Whelan addresses some of the key questions around use of side-pockets for UCITS funds.
  • A photo of Nan Lian Garden in Hong Kong
    June 10, 2022
    • Investor Services
    A BBH-hosted webinar examined the key components influencing a successful UCITS distribution strategy in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Close up image of gear stick
    • Investor Services
    Asset managers are facing increasingly rigorous regulatory scrutiny and fast paced technological change as they continue to grapple with market shifts. So when IMpower’s FundForum event called on senior industry leaders to share their collective experience and wisdom, they readily gathered to discuss the next phase of evolution. BBH's Janet Du Chenne reports on the main themes.
  • Landscape of beautiful sunset in the desert. View of high sandstone hills and dramatic cloudy sky
    April 27, 2022
    • Investor Services
    Regulatory reporting proposals could have significant consequences for private fund advisors, writes BBH’s Adrian Whelan.
  • Futuristic portal or tunnel
    April 25, 2022
    • Investor Services
    BBH’s Adrian Whelan looks at three significant points from the SEC’s recent proposals for new cybersecurity related rules.
  • Aerial view green forest foliage summer warm sunlight. Natural green background.
    March 31, 2022
    • Investor Services
    BBH’s Adrian Whelan looks at the primary proposals from one of the most significant U.S. climate related policy actions to date and the practical implications for asset managers.
  • Top view of the intersecting freeway road overpass at the eastern outer ring road of Bangkok, Thailand
    March 29, 2022
    • Investor Services
    Regulations are an inevitable part of any cross-border fund distribution strategy, but the way in which firms adapt to them often dictates whether they help or hinder their European fund distribution models. BBH’s Killian Lonergan looks at three regulatory themes and the approaches that could spell success.
  • 2022 Regulatory Field Guide: Revisiting the Past, Managing the Present, Embracing the Future
    February 09, 2022
    • Investor Services
    The regulatory environment across the globe is as dynamic as any time in the last decade. We bring you this guide to light a path on your regulatory journey for 2022.
  • Revisiting the Past: U.S. Securities Settlement

    February 09, 2022
    • Investor Services
    Following dramatic market volatility events, the U.S. post-trade industry is deftly mobilizing to move securities settlement cycles to T+1. Adrian Whelan and Derek Coyle explore why shortening the U.S. settlement cycle is so significant to asset managers globally.
  • Managing the Present: U.K. Alternative Funds

    February 09, 2022
    • Investor Services
    With a growing focus in asset management on retail investor access to less liquid alternative investment funds, the U.K has mobilized the Long-Term Asset Fund (LTAF). Lata Vyas and Andrew Ritchie explain why 2022 could be a big year for this special purpose investment vehicle.
  • Managing the Present: The SEC Agenda

    February 09, 2022
    • Investor Services
    As the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission pursues an agenda more aggressive than we have seen from the market watchdog in decades, its leader must find a delicate balance between fostering market growth and innovation with investor protection principles.
  • Revisiting the Past: EU Capital Markets Union

    February 09, 2022
    • Investor Services
    Plato is credited with famously saying “necessity is the mother of invention”. This phrase couldn’t be more appropriate for the European Union’s capital markets as they head into 2022. Olena Pochekaylo explains why.
  • European Flag in black and white

    Revisiting the Past: Alternative Funds

    February 09, 2022
    • Investor Services
    New revisions to the European Long-Term Investment Fund remove many of the regulatory and structural impediments managers face when utilizing them currently and place them neatly into the EU regulated fund structure toolkit, writes Adrian Whelan.
  • Managing the Present: US Regulations 2022

    February 09, 2022
    • Investor Services
    BBH’s Adrian Whelan sat down with Amy Matsuo, Principal and Leader of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and Regulatory Insights at KPMG, to discuss the main regulatory drivers for the U.S. asset management market in 2022.
  • Embracing the Future: Rule fragmentation and inconsistent definitions

    February 09, 2022
    • Investor Services
    Adrian Whelan looks at the top 10 themes in environmental, social and governance investing that could influence rulemaking in 2022.
  • Embracing the Future: Digital Currency

    • Investor Services
    Rules governing crypto, stable coins, and central bank digital currencies look set to shift gears in 2022 as regulators enter the new money fast lane, write John Siena, Tim Bosco and Ingrid Mosquera.
  • Regulatory Field Guide: LIBOR Leftovers

    Embracing the Future: LIBOR Transition

    February 09, 2022
    • Investor Services
    Financial institutions have had a lot on their plates in bidding farewell to the most popular interest rate benchmark. Sinead McIntosh assesses industry progress in moving away from LIBOR to alternative risk-free rates and the extent to which it will consume the regulatory agenda in 2022.
  • Black and white image of flowers

    Revisiting the Past: Global AML

    February 09, 2022
    • Investor Services
    Global asset managers and policymakers remain engaged on the eternal areas of anti-money laundering regulatory policymaking. Adrian Whelan reviews the latest developments.
  • Black and white image of an old theatre showing the crowd and screen

    Revisiting the Past: AIFMD

    February 09, 2022
    • Investor Services
    With the outcome of a review of for alternative investment fund managers pending, Ainun Ayub and Adrian Whelan assess whether the proposals spell a feel-good blockbuster or a more dramatic follow-up.
  • Black and white image of a man pulling his hand luggage across a train platform

    Revisiting the Past: PRIIPs, CSDR, and SFDR

    February 09, 2022
    • Investor Services
    Key deferrals of regulatory implementations in Europe have afforded asset managers some welcome respite, but much preparatory work remains for each.
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    Managing the Present: Securities Settlement

    • Investor Services
    As regulation harmonizing how central securities depositories in Europe operate continues to evolve, it’s impact will likely be felt by all participants in the post-trade chain in 2022 and beyond, write Sinead McIntosh, Derek Coyle and John Siena.
  • Abstract image of the globe

    Embracing the Future: Global Regulations

    February 09, 2022
    • Investor Services
    Martin Moloney, Secretary General of the International Organization of Securities Commissions, talks to BBH’s Adrian Whelan about the key issues and trends shaping the global regulatory landscape in 2022.
  • Overview of Machu Picchu, agriculture terraces and Wayna Picchu peak in the background
    January 12, 2022
    2 min read
    • Investor Services
    BBH hosted a webinar of cross-border fund experts to discuss the potential of the Latin American market and provide guidance on the best ways to market and distribute to local investors.
  • Location marking with a pin on a map with routes
    November 18, 2021
    • Investor Services
    As the U.K. embarks on its post-Brexit regulatory journey, ESG is an area of policymaking where the rules are being framed to be similar but not the same as those of the E.U. These areas of divergence will occupy many asset managers’ minds as they look to compare and contrast rulesets, writes Adrian Whelan.
  • Dresden old town skyline along the Elbe river with reflection during evening twilight. Germany.
    November 15, 2021
    • Investor Services
    BBH hosted a webinar of cross-border fund experts to discuss the potential of the German market and provide guidance on the best ways to market and distribute to local investors.
  • Aerial view of morning mist at tropical rainforest mountain, background of forest and mist
    October 20, 2021
    • Investor Services
    The U.S. Department of Labor has taken a significant step towards the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations in pensions management. BBH’s Adrian Whelan sets out how the proposed rule reverses previous barriers to investment.
  • Sun beams through the cloud forest next to a partially lit Inca Trail
    October 15, 2021
    • Investor Services
    BBH’s Market Intelligence team reviews opportunities in Latin America and how best to access this promising market.
  • Conveyors with cardboard boxes on white background. 3d illustration
    October 05, 2021
    • Investor Services
    Amid new rules for cross-border funds in Europe, BBH’s Killian Lonergan sets out the gamechangers for distribution and how fund managers are partnering with external providers in their distribution efforts
  • Image of a business woman thinking with blue abstract graphics around her face
    August 23, 2021
    • Investor Services
    SPACs have existed in the United States since the early 2000s, but they have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity recently, and in spite of a slight cooling of SPAC launches they remain one of the most discussed trends across the market. Here we take a whistle-stop tour through the various aspects of the rise of the SPAC.
  • Poyabbrücke im Bau, Freiburg, Schweiz
    August 09, 2021
    • Investor Services
    In a recent speech, SEC Chairmen Gensler returned to a corner of the market he knows extremely well, speaking at length about security-based swaps (SBS) reform.
  • 3d Wooden Puzzle Cube
    August 02, 2021
    • Investor Services
    The EU’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) is unquestionably one of the most complex implementation projects asset managers operating in Europe have ever been tasked with.
  • Paris cityscape; Eiffel Tower
    June 29, 2021
    • Investor Services
    ESMA's recently released Annual Report covers several areas of focus for regulators in the next few years to come. Here, we break down the top 10 things to know about the future of ESMA.
  • Pencil macro: To mark with a cross.
    • Investor Services
    In this article, we explain how managers based in Greater China can look to optimize their foreign exchange process and oversight.
  • Highway at night
    June 10, 2021
    • Investor Services
    With the implementation of CSDR underway, this document provides updates on the key questions and details which are under discussion in the industry.
  • video zoom of Adrian Whelan and Lata Vyas
    June 08, 2021
    Adrian Whelan sits down with Lata Vyas to discuss the latest development in the ELTIF and how it is finding ways to make private markets available to a broader market.
  • Humanoid robots dressed as businessmen
    June 02, 2021
    • Investor Services
    Regulators are reviewing how gamification and other tech led sales techniques sit within their Regulation Best Interest framework after the recent Robinhood/GameStop events. Here, we discuss their considerations.
  • Dog reading a newspaper
    May 24, 2021
    • Investor Services
    There is some good news and some bad news regarding the Packaged Retail Investment and Insurance Products (PRIIPs) regulation. Here, we explain the updates and the five pain points that remain.
  • A man and a woman doing pullups on the same bar in a gym
    May 10, 2021
    • Investor Services
    The global COVID-19 pandemic has brought the topic of operational resilience to the top of the agenda for regulators worldwide. Here, we sum up some of the common areas of focus among the open operational resilience regulatory assessments and how they are influencing policymakers' actions going forward.
  • acronym word cloud on light blue background
    May 04, 2021
    • Investor Services
    Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) is one of the hottest topics in asset management, and just the start of many acronyms thrown around regularly. Here we discuss the latest ESG acronym: Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive, or CSRD.
  • Group of participants in an obstacle course climbing a pyramid obstacle
    April 29, 2021
    • Investor Services
    The ability to easily “passport” funds across E.U. borders is a great attraction for asset managers. Here, we discuss the regulations of European Passporting and some of the obstacles that are no longer in the way.
  • set of various plates of food isolated on white background, top view
    April 19, 2021
    • Investor Services
    We explain some of the top issues likely to ensure Mr. Gensler doesn’t get a whole lot of a “honeymoon period” when he takes his seat at the head of the SEC table. One thing is for certain, he starts his tenure with a full plate.
  • Pile of colorful sticky notes with hand drawn question marks. It is a seamless background which was created with adhesive note papers.
    April 16, 2021
    • Investor Services
    In the final part of our three part series on fund liquidity, we focus on the recently published report from European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) on its study of UCITS liquidity risk management.
  • Question mark shape cut out in a white post-it-note on a blue gradient background
    April 14, 2021
    • Investor Services
    In Part Two of our three part series on fund liquidity, we focus specifically on European Money Market Funds.
  • Yellow post-it-note pinned to a board with 'What if?' written on it
    April 12, 2021
    • Investor Services
    In Part One of a three part series on fund liquidity, we discuss the important “what if” questions regulators are posing currently.
  • Two men shake hands in front of British flag and European flag
    April 06, 2021
    • Investor Services
    Despite certain points of tension across the asset management industry in the lead up to Brexit, overall things have been pretty calm in the wake of the “divorce”. Here, we discuss the latest Memorandum of Understanding and what it could mean for the industry.
  • Signpost in the mountains pointing way to mount everest b.c., Khumbu glacier and prayer flags, Everest area, Nepal
    March 29, 2021
    • Investor Services
    The first phase of the E.U.’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) focused on adherence to the E.U.’s ESG agenda, representing the industry’s arrival at basecamp. We outline the three remaining challenges as the focus now turns to the detailed SFDR RTS and Taxonomy alignment.
  • Vinyl records with colorful labels on colorful background.
    March 01, 2021
    • Investor Services
    Established in 1985, the UCITS fund structure is two years older than Rick Astley’s hit “Never Gonna Give You Up.” Ever since, investors in Europe and beyond have never given up on UCITS. We explain with a selection of the "greatest hits" from UCITS funds.
  • Woman running on platform to catch a train
    March 01, 2021
    • Investor Services
    The recent spate of consolidation in fund platforms in Europe is raising an important question for many asset managers: are they working with the right platform or have they spread themselves too thin?
  • wooden bridge going over water through the trees
    February 22, 2021
    • Investor Services
    Regulators must choose to boldly embrace the new, or cautiously cling to existing ways when it comes to direct retail access to mutual funds.
  • Silhouette of a cowboy on a horse with a lasso in front of a blue and orange sunset
    February 14, 2021
    Money market funds are an area under ongoing intense scrutiny ever since the 2008 global financial crisis. Delve into the SEC’s Ten Recommendations for U.S. Money Market Funds.
  • video chat with Adrian Whelan and Julia Vergauwen
    February 08, 2021
    • Investor Services
    The Sustainable Finance Disclosures Regulation (SFDR) is the important first, big step in a longer E.U. ESG journey to enshrine sustainability across the entire E.U. asset management sector. Lingering questions remain about many of the disclosure requirements and fund classification process as the March 10th deadline nears.
  • Frosty winter morning. Bright winter sun shine on hoarfrost on grass through alone tree. Panoramic view on winter sunrise.
    February 01, 2021
    • Investor Services
    Relationships between E.U. policymakers have become a little frosty as some important regulatory deadlines draw near.
  • Biden Administration: Regulatory Areas to Watch (Part 2)
    January 27, 2021
    • Investor Services
    In Part 2 of our OnTheRegs Biden Administration blog, we will expand on specific areas of rulemaking we will likely see at the SEC and how U.S. Asset Managers will be impacted.
  • The American flag in front of the White House in Washington, DC.
    January 25, 2021
    • Investor Services
    January 20, 2021, President Biden was inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States. We look at some of the factors in the new administration that are likely to affect asset management regulation.
  • A large school of identical orange goldfish, and one black one.
    January 18, 2021
    • Investor Services
    We highlight the differences and similarities between U.S. and E.U. Regulators.
  • A person’s sneaker on the finish line of 2020 and starting line of 2021 marked on the track.
    January 11, 2021
    • Investor Services
    We highlight what to expect this quarter and recap Q4’s key regulatory developments.
  • Sunset over the water with clouds and ocean
    January 07, 2021
    • Investor Services
    Many industry commentators have marked ELTIF off as an EU policy failure. Recently, there has been several new ELTIF launches by major market players triggering lively industry debate about the future of ELTIFs, which may be more promising than before.
  • Adrian Whelan
    December 22, 2020
    • Investor Services
    Global asset management continued to evolve and stay resilient this year, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Here, we’ll look at some of the biggest shifts we have seen in 2020.
  • Red pushpin on a map.
    December 21, 2020
    We delve into two of the key frequently asked questions from the “Dear Chair” CP86 letter that were raised across the industry.
  • Macau bridge, the longest bridge of Asia
    December 14, 2020
    • Investor Services
    In June 2020, authorities in China, Hong Kong, and Macau announced the launch of the Greater Bay Area Wealth Management Connect with the intent to facilitate cross-border investments for residents within the Greater Bay Area.
  • A person standing on a peak of a mountain and the sky and clouds above
    December 07, 2020
    • Investor Services
    Recently, ESMA published its final report on guidelines on performance fees in UCITS and Retail Alternative Investment Funds. Read the guidelines here.
  •  a green inch worm on a leaf
    November 30, 2020
    • Investor Services
    We continue to track the progress of the Irish Investment Limited Partnership Bill (ILP Bill) through its voyage, this week it took a couple of significant and most welcome policy steps towards its conclusion.
  • Five people's hands giving a thumbs up.
    November 22, 2020
    • Investor Services
    There remains both skeptics and widespread debate on how to achieve environmental goals as well as the pace of change as competing priorities remain. However, in the cacophony of 2020, it appears that in the sphere of asset management at least everyone broadly agrees that sustainability will remain a key driver for the foreseeable future.
  • Stormy sky over a field with a sunny sky off in the distance.
    November 16, 2020
    • Investor Services
    NAV oversight, validation, and contingency plans for unexpected disruptive events had been a high priority of regulators long before the onset of the global pandemic. Now, the increasing new expectations from regulators is adding a layer of personal liability to those who help oversee NAV Production.
  • Two chess pieces one with UK flag and one with EU flag facing eachother on a chess board.
    November 09, 2020
    • Investor Services
    As we approach the conclusion of the Brexit transition period, several key regulatory areas remain uncertain. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) recently moved to make decisions which aim to fill in some of the remaining gaps on the Brexit regulatory puzzle.
  • A paintbrush on a piece of wood that is incomplete but painted half blue.
    October 19, 2020
    • Investor Services
    Brexit is certainly rising in minds of asset managers, regulators, and investors as we reach the impending conclusion of the transition period on 11.00 p.m. (GMT) on December, 31. Despite having certain contingencies and accommodations already in place, several uncertainties remain as the UK and EU continue to wrangle over a deal to govern their future relationship.
  • Hourglass timer with sand
    October 05, 2020
    • Investor Services
    We highlight what to expect this quarter and recap Q3’s key regulatory developments.
  • Sun shining through the woods
    October 02, 2020
    • Investor Services
  • Forest of evergreen trees.
    September 17, 2020
    • Investor Services
    While investors look to the sustainability of their investment portfolios, asset managers must also look to the sustainability of their own business model and product offerings and ask themselves whether they are building walls or building windmills as the winds of change rise.
  • Wooden cube block shape with sign question mark symbol on wood table
    September 14, 2020
    • Investor Services
    With Brexit firmly back in the news headlines, it is worth revisiting this thorny subject and focus on the impact on asset managers and their respective products.
  • A person’s hands with gloves on examining a slide under a microscope lens.
    September 07, 2020
    • Investor Services
    Access to market data is more central to the asset management business than ever before. Now, the costs that managers must pay to obtain this information is being brought to focus.
  • Video image of Adrian Whelan and Daniel Lawlor
    August 06, 2020
    • Investor Services
    Adrian Whelan, Senior Vice President of Regulatory Intelligence at BBH, speaks with Danny Lawlor from Aquest about the Central Bank of Ireland’s (CBI) Delegate Oversight Consultation Paper (CP86) and the CBI’s CEO mock letter that has recently made waves in the industry.
  • Video image of Adrian Whelan, Vanessa Battaglia and Jonathan Gilmour
    July 15, 2020
    • Investor Services
    BBH’s Adrian Whelan speaks with Vanessa Battaglia and Jonathan Gilmour from Travers Smith about all things regulatory reporting, deadlines, and foreign exchange and derivatives contracts.
  • Planet Mars of brown moon with rocket going toward it with words europe's mission to mars eu esg regulation
    July 07, 2020
    • Global Regulatory Team
  • close up of calendar on the table with push pins
    July 06, 2020
    • Global Regulatory Team
  • winding road at night
    June 01, 2020
    • Investor Services
    The implementation of the Settlement Discipline Regime of CSDR is scheduled for February 2021. Globally, firms continue to progress toward operational readiness. Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH) is committed to helping our clients successfully prepare.

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