Thu, Apr 26, 2018
A A A
Welcome Guest
Free Trial RSS
Get FREE trial access to our award winning publications
Industry Updates

AIMA: If EU diverges from G20 path on hedge fund regulation, it could fragment global markets

Thursday, April 22, 2010
Opalesque industry update - The European Union should not diverge from the path already set by the G20 on hedge fund regulation. Doing so could fragment global markets, create inconsistent regulatory requirements and result in international trade disputes. That’s according to the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) – the global hedge fund industry association.

Andrew Baker, Chief Executive Officer of AIMA, said: “The G20 summits in Washington and London set the course for a new global regulatory framework for hedge funds and other private pools of capital. It is worth remembering just what world leaders did sign up to with regards to hedge funds. They agreed that all hedge fund managers should be registered and authorised by their national regulators, and that managers should report systemically relevant data to those regulators in the interests of financial stability. They concluded with an unambiguous declaration that they would not follow a protectionist path.

“While other members of the G20 have followed the agreed path, Europe’s Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive is in danger of diverging from it through creating protectionist restrictions on non-EU funds and managers accessing EU investors, and by seeking to insert additional prescriptive product or fund-level regulation on issues like leverage and depositaries. None of this supports improved financial stability, which was the G20 goal. This potential divergence from the G20 path has caused significant concern globally.”

G20 Finance Ministers will meet on 22nd-23rd April in Washington DC. U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has written two letters on the AIFMD to European policymakers expressing his concerns that EU investors will be effectively barred from investing with non-EU hedge fund managers.

AIMA has also warned of a potential protectionist outcome from the Directive, saying that any restrictions imposed on European investors would also hit asset managers in financial centres such as the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and Australia.

AIMA supports the goals of the G20 and the principle of increased transparency by the industry, including the reporting of systemically relevant data and the registration of hedge fund managers.


As the only truly representative global hedge fund association, AIMA, the Alternative Investment Management Association, has more than 1,100 corporate members (with over 4,500 individual contacts) worldwide, based in over 40 countries. www.aima.org.


Bg

What do you think?

   Use "anonymous" as my name    |   Alert me via email on new comments   |   
Today's Exclusives Today's Other Voices More Exclusives
Previous Opalesque Exclusives                                  
More Other Voices
Previous Other Voices                                               
Access Alternative Market Briefing

 



  • Top Forwarded
  • Top Tracked
  • Top Searched
  1. Investing - Sequoia takes Facebook stake as shares slide in data controversy, $1.4b hedge fund sees intact fundamentals for Facebook, Jim Cramer reveals some 'suggested hedge fund trades' amid the Trump tariffs[more]

    Sequoia takes Facebook stake as shares slide in data controversy From Bloomberg.com: The $4.2 billion Sequoia Fund bought a small position in Facebook Inc. as the stock slid late in the first quarter, investment manager Ruane, Cunniff & Goldfarb told clients. "The recent controversy enab

  2. Activist Investors - Blue Sky-owned Wild Breads faces uncertain future[more]

    From AFR.com: A Blue Sky private equity investment in artisan-style baker Wild Breads enjoyed multiple valuation upgrades despite losing millions and breaching its lending covenants, accounts lodged with the regulator last week show. Wild Breads lost $2.4 million in 2017, but Blue Sky ascribed a hig

  3. Opalesque Exclusive: Barnegat to close hedge fund to outside investors on weak opportunities[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Bob Treue's Barnegat Fund Management said it is closing its $666m fixed income relative value hedge fund to outside investors. "The negative side to gains in Fixed Income Arbitrage is that unless we find new opportunit

  4. Investing - Hedge fund makes a big bet on malls, British hedge fund manager Odey short UK government bonds on QE bet[more]

    Hedge fund makes a big bet on malls From Barrons.com: The dominant narrative on American shopping malls is that they're dead. Crushed by Amazon.com, many brick-and-mortar retail stores are destined for bankruptcy. And where is the most retail, clustered all together? Malls. From a

  5. Performance - Hedge funds suffer first back-to-back loss in two years, Netflix performance burns hedge fund short sellers, Macro hedge fund up 14.5% in first quarter sees dollar falling, Renaissance Technologies rebounds across hedge funds in March[more]

    Hedge funds suffer first back-to-back loss in two years From Bloomberg.com: Hedge Fund returns sank for a second straight month in March, the first back-to-back loss since the first two months of 2016, as trade wars, tech-sector woes and a Fed rate hike dragged down the S&P 500 from its