On May 2, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) updated its webpage on the United Kingdom’s national private placement regime (NPPR) under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD).

The NPPR allows non-European Economic Area (EEA) alternative investment funds (AIFs) that are managed by full-scope UK and EEA alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs), as well as any AIFs managed by non-EEA AIFMs, to be marketed in the United Kingdom.
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On April 12, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published amended directions, dated April 11, on notifications regarding the temporary permissions regime (TPR). Although the deadline for Brexit has been agreed upon by the United Kingdom and the 27 remaining EU member states as being no later than October 31, the amended directions extend the deadline for firms to notify the FCA if they wish to enter the TPR from April 11, to May 30. The TPR will go into effect upon Brexit taking effect, if there is no transition period (as reported in the January 11, 2019 edition of the Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest).
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On October 8, HM Treasury published two draft statutory instruments (SIs), together with explanatory notes, which will make amendments to retained EU law relating to collective investment schemes (CIS) and alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs).
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On June 11, the Money Market Funds Regulations 2018 (MMFR) were published and set to go into effect on July 21. The MMFR relates to the EU Regulation on Money Market Funds (EU MMF Regulation), and ensures the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) can authorize money market funds (MMFs) and enforce the MMFR from the day that the EU MMF Regulation goes into effect.

The MMFR amends the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA) to allow the FCA to authorize funds as MMFs, as well as to exercise regulatory powers over MMFs. It further amends FSMA to grant the FCA powers to authorize, and intervene in respect of, unit trusts and contractual schemes (both being subsets of MMFs).
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On March 12, as part of the development of the EU’s Capital Markets Union (CMU), the European Commission (EC) published two legislative proposals in relation to the cross-border distribution of collective investment funds within the EU:

  1. a Regulation (Proposed Regulation) facilitating the above and amending existing Regulations on European venture capital funds and European social entrepreneurship funds; and
  2. a Directive (Proposed Directive) amending the Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS) IV Directive and the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD).


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On April 12, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published an opinion (Opinion) addressed to the European Parliament, European Council and European Commission (EC), on the potential for a European framework on loan origination by investment funds. The Opinion is issued in the context of the EC’s ongoing work toward its Action Plan on Building a Capital Markets Union, published in September 2015.
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