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Smaller hedge funds must ready for AIFMD shock

Friday, April 25, 2014

Ian Hamilton
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers:

Hedge fund startups could come to Malta where it is cheaper to set up, the heads of IDS Group and Scotstone Investments suggested during a recent Opalesque TV interview with Matthias Knab, and all small funds have to get ready for the upcoming implementation of the EU’s AIFM Directive – either through merging or partnering with the right company.

A lot more buck for your money in Malta Malta has the same infrastructure as its European domicile counterparts Dublin or Luxembourg, but "one of the biggest advantages (of Malta) is the absolute approachability of the Malta Financial Services Authority," says Ian Hamilton during the interview. "They are very keen to work with foreign companies coming into the country."

Since its accession to the European Union in 2004, Malta has issued 400 investment services licenses. The Mediterranean island was also awarded 'Most favoured domicile in Europe’ in Hedge Fund Service Provider rankings 2013 by Hedge Funds Review.

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