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.
In this edition of InFocus, we answer some frequently asked questions related to new rules that certain Cayman entities must comply with in order to meet obligations under the Common Reporting Standard (CRS).
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.
More and more asset managers are reviewing operational functions like Currency Hedging and reassessing how they are managing their programs following some of the highest market volatility in years. Here, we explain some critical aspects for consideration.
Asset Managers face different challenges and have varying experiences and views when evaluating their current FX process/program. Below are some common misperceptions we’ve heard from our clients and prospects as they are about to embark on this review.
A recap of the recent InvestOps Virtual Boardroom 2021 conference, which brought together executives from firms with a wide variety of investment strategies, operating models and assets under management.
We surveyed private and universal banks on their thoughts about how their approach to business has changed due to working remotely and the future going forward. The survey key findings highlight the challenges, the response, and how we all see new ways of working post-pandemic.
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.
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.
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?
In this edition of In Focus, we provide a comprehensive list and breakdown of local law changes impacting tax rates, documentation, and market procedures, as well as newly ratified Double Taxation Avoidance Treaties (DTAT) and protocols that result in a tax rate impact to our clients.
The recent 2020 U.S. election results bring new reasons to contemplate significant legislation and policy changes that will shape industry growth trends for the next decade. Could private markets be a source for post-COVID recovery?
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.
The events of 2020 have brought the major themes affecting asset managers into sharper focus -- supporting the investment process in turbulent markets, scaling and growing the business while keeping costs down, managing a globally diversified operating model with remote staff, and engaging more effectively with the digital revolution. These themes are leading mangers to consider what really differentiates their business and how to build the optimal operating model.
Thanks to evolving regulatory policy in Europe and Hong Kong, more asset managers are considering adding unlisted share classes to their ETFs. We lay out the top considerations for launching unlisted share classes on existing ETFs.
In the latest FX Quarterly, our strategists take a deep dive on the key risks driving global economies, including the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and the upcoming US election. We also provide our outlook on developed and emerging markets in Q4 2020.
Does private equity belong in defined contribution plans? Thanks to recent guidance from the SEC and DOL, 401(k) investors, for the first time, may be able to allocate capital to private equity. BBH recently discussed the opportunity for GPs and investors with Bill Kelly, CEO of CAIA.
The hallmark of a well-functioning anti-money laundering program (AML) is a clear delineation of roles and responsibilities. We explore how fund boards and asset managers can mitigate risk in an increasingly complex operating environment.
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 the latest FX Quarterly, our strategists take a deep dive on the key risks driving global economies, including the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and the upcoming US election. We also provide our outlook on developed and emerging markets in Q3 2020.
We created a simple 5-factor model to evaluate the restrictions imposed by different countries, how they compare in terms of severity of lockdown, and where they are heading in the spectrum of reopening. The scale we use measures grade restrictions from 1 (open) to 4 (closed) across the following factors: (a) schools, (b) non-essential businesses, (c) borders, (d) social distancing and (e) severity of penalties/prosecution.
As the coronavirus surges across the world, governments are taking unprecedented measures in order to protect their citizens and their economies and reduce its potential long-term effects on society as a whole.
This edition of our FX quarterly comes out a little later than usual. As March turned into April, there were simply too many uncertainties and unknown developments for us to make any sort of big picture calls with any degree of clarity or certainty. Those two months saw a flurry of policy responses around the globe that we will recount here.
In the latest FX Quarterly, our strategists recount the flurry of global policy responses around the world to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. We also provide our outlook on developed and emerging markets in Q2 2020.
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.
In a time of pronounced market volatility, has artificial intelligence (AI) delivered on its central promise of enabling better decision-making? Using BBH’s Anomaly NAV Tracking System (ANTS) as a case study, the answer is an emphatic yes. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t challenges. Here’s what we have learned the past few weeks.
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.
New legislation, which expands on one existing law and introduces another, aims to solidify the Cayman Islands as a leading domicile for global investment funds by aligning its investment fund regulatory regime with other jurisdictions.
Securities lending demand faced several headwinds in 2019. In 2020, we remain cautious, particularly as we enter an election year in the US. Here we take a look back at 2019 drivers and explore the year ahead.
A sweeping new set of rules aimed at improving communication between European companies and their shareholders takes effect in 2020. When it does, asset managers can expect a heavy administrative lift.
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.
A recent decision by one of the world's largest pension funds to pause their securities lending program has provoked questions about whether the two disciplines can co-exist in an ESG context. How can firms strike the right balance?
Following the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) approval of Precidian’s ActiveShares model in May, four proxy-based, semi-transparent ETF structures were given notice of approval by the SEC. The new ETF structures could herald a new era of active ETFs.
Private assets automation is still in its earliest stages, but change is on the way. BBH’s Chris McChesney spoke with Buyouts Magazine to explain the digitization journey of private market participants.
With less than a year to go before the September 2020 deadline for Shareholder Rights Directive II (SRD II) implementation, industry participants such as intermediaries, asset managers, brokers, and financial institutions are asking “How do I prepare?”
BBH’s Ainun Ayub speaks with futurologist Christiane Vejlø about how businesses are adapting quickly to change their relationship with technology and the key roles that diversity and inclusion play in future success across all industries.
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