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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this edition of Staying Connected, Bob Stewart, Head of Global Custody Product, joins Adrian Whelan, Head of Regulatory Intelligence, to discuss some of the many ways the COVID-19 crisis is impacting operational processes across the industry.
Global regulators continue to react to the various undulations of the markets caused by the ongoing COVID-19 emergency. That’s a bit of an understatement – the response so far has been nothing short of frenzied.
Gareth Murphy, Chief Risk Officer, and Christine Brentani, Regulatory Developments and Relationship Manager at Standard Life Aberdeen, highlight the key issues and trends shaping the global regulatory landscape in 2020.
The third-country passport provision in AIFMD showed promise for non-EU AIFMs looking to distribute and market their funds within the EU. But the European Commission’s plans to nix the provision has some managers looking for other options.
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