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European ESMA Form and U.S. Form PF have many things in common

Monday, April 08, 2013

David A. Vaughan
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva:

The European Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD)’s reporting requirements will share common DNA with the U.S.' private fund reporting forms, which have been in use since August 2012. This is what international law firm Dechert LLP said in a recent report drawing comparisons between the regulatory reporting template of the AIFMD and that of the U.S. SEC’s Form PF (Dechert’s OnPoint report here).

Rule 204(b)-1 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 required SEC-registered investment advisers who manage private funds (with $150m in AuM or more) to report risk exposure statistics on a consistent basis starting 2012 on Form PF. By the end of 2012, these SEC-registered advisors will have completed their first Form PF filings, and this year, they will see the first round of regulatory feedback on their disclosures.

As for the AIFMD, the new regulatory reporting requirements which will be introduced this year will apply to alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs) based in the European Economic Area (EEA – including 27 EU member states + Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway); those who are not based in the EEA but who manage alternative funds domiciled in the ......................

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