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ESMA clarifies reporting requirements for alternative fund managers

Tuesday, October 01, 2013
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published final guidelines on the reporting obligations for alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs).

ESMA’s Guidelines, which relate to the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD), will require AIFMs – which includes hedge funds, private equity and real estate funds – to regularly report certain information to national supervisors.

The Guidelines clarify provisions of the AIFMD on required information, which will help to have a more comprehensive and consistent oversight of AIFMs’ activities. ESMA has also published an Opinion that proposes introducing additional periodic reporting including such information as Value-at-Risk of AIFs or the number of transactions carried out using high frequency algorithmic trading techniques.

Steven Maijoor, ESMA Chair, said: “One of the key objectives of the AIFMD is bringing the alternative fund world under supervision thus providing more transparency to investors and regulators. As the AIFMD came into force in July, both AIFMs and national supervisors now need to prepare for their regulatory filings as it is these reports which will enable supervisors to monitor the systemic risks of AIFs. In order to achieve this objective, national supervisors should receive all the necessary information in order to ensure an appropriate overview of the sector.

Our guidelines and Opinion will help to standardise the reporting across the EU. It will also facilitate the exchange of information between national regulators, ESMA and the ESRB.”

Managers need to report investment strategies, exposure and portfolio concentration

According to the Guidelines, key elements AIFs will have to report to national supervisors include information on:

Portfolio concentration:

• the breakdown of investment strategies of AIFs
• the principal markets/ instruments in which an AIF trades;
• total value of assets under management of each AIF managed;
• turnover of the AIFs; and
• principal exposures and most important portfolio concentration of the AIFs.

The key elements of the additional information proposed by ESMA’s Opinion would include:

Risk profile:

• AIFs’ risk measures;
• the liquidity profile of the AIFs; and
• the leverage of the AIFs.

ESMA is also publishing some technical supporting material (a consolidated reporting template, detailed IT guidance for filing of the XML and the XSD schema) that will facilitate the reporting by AIFMs to regulators.

Next steps

The Guidelines will be translated into the official languages of the EU. National competent authorities will then have two months from the date of the publication of the translations on ESMA’s website, to confirm to ESMA whether they comply or intend to comply with the Guidelines by incorporating them into their supervisory practices.

Press release

www.esma.europa.eu

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