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Standish expands to UK

Following authorisation from the FCA, the London office provides UK administration and depositary services

Suntera acquires NeoTrust

NeoTrust provides bespoke fund and corporate services to PE and RE, institutional clients, large and mid-sized firms as well as HNWIs

Citco opens Hyderabad office

The new office provides fund servicing, banking as well as technology support functions

Domicile watch: August 2021

Key takeaways from the major PE domiciles: including the FCA's third consultation paper on UK IFPR, Guernsey's appointment of a strategic adviser for green and sustainable finance and Hong Kong's SFC amended fund manager code of conduct

Crestbridge granted Irish licence

The firm received regulatory approval from the Central Bank of Ireland to provide fund admin services in Ireland

Domicile watch: July 2021

Key takeaways from the major PE domiciles: including Denmark's ranking as most business-friendly domicile, increased fund fees for Jersey and Guernsey's proposal for increasing fees

IQ-EQ buys Ireland’s DGFM

Acquisition follows launch of a dedicated funds service segment in Ireland in March

Apex buys Germany’s mola-administration

Hamburg-headquartered mola-administration provides fund admin to PE, VC, debt, special situations and digital assets funds

You can’t stand under my umbrella

The Greensill scandal has thrown light on umbrella structures, which are now under review by the FCA - what could this mean for private equity?

Apex buys Mainstream for AUD$415m

The deal marks a 133% increase on the original bid

Suntera granted Jersey licence

The licence enables the firm to support PE, VC, RE and other alternative fund managers with a full range of admin services from Jersey

Domicile watch: June 2021

Key takeaways from the major PE domiciles: including Guernsey's updated code of corporate governance, Luxembourg's FAQ on MiFID application and Cyprus' new form related to cross-border activities

Northern Trust extends capabilities in Switzerland

The firm received regulatory approval to provide custodian, depositary, transfer agency and ancillary services in Switzerland

Alter Domus launches Irish AIFM

Alter Domus has acquired Beechbrook Capital’s Irish AIFM and received authorisation from the Central Bank of Ireland for specialised depositary services

Profile: Rebecca Noyes, Alderwood Capital

The CFO discusses joining the newly-launched firm, the perks of having no legacy issues as well as Alderwood's core beliefs and growth plans

Investcorp delists

The GP will delist from the Bahrain Bourse and become a closed shareholding company

Aztec opens US office

The new office specialises in fund and corporate accounting and administration for PE, VC, private debt, infrastructure, and RE sectors

Domicile watch: May 2021

Key takeaways from the major PE domiciles: including the FCA's consultation on a new long-term asset fund, JFSC's investment business fees for 2021-22 and promotions across Guernsey and Cayman

CSC secures Irish depositary licence

The firm received its Irish fund administration licence last year

FCA requests feedback on new long-term asset fund

LTAF aims to provide an open-ended fund structure that accommodates PE, VC, private debt, real estate and infrastructure strategies

Allvue opens Singapore office

Edward Bee joined Allvue as region head for APAC and will head up the new office

Domicile watch: April 2021

Key takeaways from the major PE domiciles: including JFSC's concerns in JPF service provision, Guernsey's updated PIF rules and Cyprus' growing funds industry

Guernsey updates PIF rules

The amended rules offer three routes to register PIFs in Guernsey

FundRock launches EU distribution service

The operation aim to support US, UK, Asia and other third country asset managers distributing funds across the EU.

Profile: Magdalena Pasecka, Innova Capital

The partner and CFO discusses her reasons for leaving and returning to Innova, operational challenges of CEE-funds as well as why being a woman in PE is an advantage

Sanne granted Irish depositary services licence

Sanne Depositary Services provides depositary services to collective investment schemes

Jersey PE and VC funds grow by 21%

JFSC figures also showed the number of registered Jersey Private Funds reach 403, an increase of more than 100 during 2020

Domicile watch: March 2021

Key takeaways from the major PE domiciles: including Jersey's changes to its AML/CFT handbooks, Guernsey's review of its Green Fund accreditation and Ireland's Green Team network launch

Rising Star of the Year award winner: Dawid Sawicki, Kennet Partners

The financial controller discusses winning the Rising Star award, stepping up to FC during the finance team's transition period and various processes, systems and the CFO forum he's implemented

Crestbridge opens Dublin office

The firm is currently authorised to provide corporate services in Ireland and is aiming to provide fund admin services soon

Deeper Perspective: The UK Funds Regime

Benjamin Lamping, founder of Reframe Capital asks: Are we at risk of missing a potential watershed moment for the UK funds industry, and a genuine post-Brexit opportunity?

IQ-EQ targets fund services in Ireland

The firm received fund administrator authorisation from the Central Bank of Ireland in December

InCloudCounsel opens Singapore office

The firm has hired Jon Crandall as managing director for APAC to lead the office

LP location most important factor in fund structure selection

Alternatives Watch’s 2021 Fund Formation Survey found 20% of respondents cited regulatory regime as another important consideration for dictating the type of fund launched

PE and VC funds reached $325.9bn in Jersey in 2020

Monterey's latest report found more than 120 new Jersey funds were launched during 2020 collectively totalling $14.5bn

AIFs and UCITS totalled €174bn in December

EFAMA's latest report found AIFs and UCITs net sales totalled €174bn in December, a significant increase from €78bn in November

Domicile watch: February 2021

Key takeaways from the major PE domiciles: including Jersey's recommendations to adapt its framework, Guernsey's latest guidance on cyber security and countering financial crime and terrorist financing, as well as Luxembourg's response to OpenLux

Luxembourg Government and ALFI respond to OpenLux investigations

Statements defend the Grand Duchy’s regulatory standards following the OpenLux investigations, which claimed Luxembourg uses flawed AML frameworks

Private equity and the trade and cooperation agreement

Brexit has shifted from political to economic, causing widespread disruption for private equity, writes Denzil Davidson of Global Counsel

GAAP in Lux

Avega Capital Management’s Nic Mueller discusses why the Grand Duchy’s new interpretation of accounting standards is important for private equity funds

Tangled up

Despite reaching a deal, the UK's departure from the EU leaves private equity firms caught up in an intricate web of rules and regulations

Jersey brings stability to funds industry

Jersey brings a level of stability to the funds industry that is valued across the board, according to the Government of Jersey

The ID Register gets Guernsey licence

The licence enables The ID Register to carry on controlled investment business in the jurisdiction

Luxembourg to reach €5trn AuM

Luxembourg remains popular with funds industry as total AuM set to reach €5trn

Xolaris granted Liechtenstein AIFM authorisation

Third party AIFM provider Xolaris has been authorised to offer its ManCo services in Liechtenstein

Domicile watch: January 2021

Key takeaways from the major PE domiciles: including Jersey's new definition for AML legislation, changes to Guernsey's private fund regime and Ireland's prep for SFDR

Citco opens Abu Dhabi HQ

The firm has also partnered with ADGM to create a sustainable, fully-integrated ecosystem for the investment management industry

Link Group purchases Casa4Funds

Casa4Funds has been backed by Banor Capital since 2014

Irish Funds welcomes LP reform

The trade body predicts The Investment Limited Partnerships (Amendment) Bill 2020, passed in the Dáil, will create 3,000 jobs by 2025 and attract up to €20bn of global private capital each year

Jersey NPPRs up 12%

The number of managers using the national private placement regimes (NPPR) in Jersey has increased by 12% over the past 12 months

Class of 2020

A cross-section of industry practitioners share their greatest lessons of this year

Domicile watch: November 2020

Key takeaways from the major PE domiciles: including Jersey's new digital launches, VinaCapital's migration to Guernsey and Cayman's regs launches

Alter Domus opens Cayman office

The firm has appointed David Boyd as Cayman country executive

No place like home: finding the right fund domicile

Predictability, reliability and quality are key components, according to our expert panel

U.S. Bank launches alts fund services in Luxembourg

The office will provide fund administration, depositary and banking services to funds in Luxembourg

Gibraltar updates funds legislation

The new Limited Partnership Bill and the Protected Cell Limited Partnerships Bill aims to modernise existing fund legislation

Apex acquires Brazilian administrator

Banco Modal’s MAF claims to be one Brazil's largest alternative fund admins, with nearly BRL70bn of assets under administration and custody

Fund managers fall short on governance

A large number of previously authorised fund managers have failed to implement the governance framework set out by the Central Bank of Ireland

Domicile watch: October 2020

Key takeaways from the major PE domiciles: including Jersey's new digital registry, Ireland's approval of the limited partnership reform and Cayman's removal from the EU blacklist

Apex purchases FundRock

FundRock is an independent UCITS ManCo and AIFM and claims to be the largest third-party manager of UCITS funds in Luxembourg