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AIMA warns of wider impact of AIFM Directive ahead of two key votes next week

Friday, May 14, 2010
Opalesque Industry Updates - If the European Union pushes through a flawed Directive on Alternative Investment Fund Managers the impact will go far beyond the hedge fund and private equity industries. That’s according to the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) – the global hedge fund industry association.

The warning comes ahead of two key votes next week on the Directive - in the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) on May 17th and the Economic and Finance Council (ECOFIN) meeting of European finance ministers on May 18th.

Andrew Baker, Chief Executive Officer of AIMA, said:“Of course the hedge fund and private equity industries would be impacted by a flawed Directive, but the consequences would be much wider. We have already heard how the Directive would hit small firms across Europe and make it more difficult for new businesses to be created, and how development banks investing in emerging markets would be affected. Real estate and infrastructure investment in Europe would also be impacted because funds in this sector would also be covered by the Directive. We’re talking about schools, hospitals, shopping centres, things that affect ordinary EU citizens.

“We are particularly concerned about measures which would ban European investors from accessing funds outside the European Union. Major investors in alternative investments include pension funds and insurance companies, and there would be very negative social consequences across Europe if their investments were adversely influenced by such a ban. Ordinary European citizens would have to pay higher pension contributions and insurance premiums.

“Closing Europe’s borders would send all the wrong signals out to the rest of the world about Europe’s place both as a global centre for financial services and as a destination for international investment. It would significantly affect international trade and capital flows and result in protectionist consequences. And it would impact ordinary citizens and small businesses across the EU and emerging markets internationally.”


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. AIMA is a dynamic organisation that reflects its members’ interests and provides them with a vibrant global network. www.aima.org.


See also: UK industry bodies write to MEPs ahead of Monday’s vote on AIFM directive, appealing for ‘pragmatic and workable solution’ Source


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