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Anthea SammutLegal Update

The Introduction of Appendix 2E – A Financial Return for Depositaries

On the 11th of April 2022, the Malta Financial Services Authority (the "MFSA") issued a circular entitled "The Introduction of Appendix 2E – A New Regulatory Return for Licence Holders Offering Depositary Services Solely to Collective Investment Schemes". Through this circular, the MFSA remarked that along with the requirement to submit the annual report and audited financial statements, a new regulatory return, being Appendix 2E, is being introduced for depositaries of Collective Investment Schemes that are not allowed to offer any MiFID services and licensed as a credit institution in terms of the Capital Requirements Directive. The depositaries who are…
Anthea Sammut​
19th April 2022
Anthea SammutInvestment Services & Funds

The Online Presence of UCITS Management Companies and Reverse Solicitation

Recently, the Malta Financial Services Authority ("MFSA") issued two circulars related to updates on Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities ("UCITS") Management Companies, and a clarification note on the disclosures in the financial return reporting and other essential regulatory clarifications. In this article, a brief overview of the salient features emanating from these two circulars shall be given to ensure that subject persons comply with the below updates and clarifications. The first circular dated the 6th of April 2022 relates to the online and social media presence of UCITS Management Companies. The MFSA is requesting UCITS Management Companies to…
Anthea Sammut​
18th April 2022
Anthea SammutInvestment Services & Funds

The Cross-Border Distribution of Funds Framework

The Cross-Border Distribution of Funds (the "CBDF") Framework is composed of the CBDF Regulation and Directive, and is supplemented by the Commission Delegated Regulation 2021/955 and by the ESMA Guidelines on Marketing Communications under the Regulation on Cross-Border Distribution of Funds. The ESMA Guidelines on Marketing Communications and the Commission Delegated Regulation 2021/955 came into effect recently on the 2nd of February 2022. The CBDF Regulation establishes marketing requirements for collective investment undertakings and for marketing communications that are addressed to investors. This Regulation establishes principles relating to fees and charges that are levied on managers of collective investment undertakings…
Anthea Sammut​
8th February 2022
Anthea SammutInvestment Services & Funds

The Investment Firms Regulation and Directive – Master Data Collection and Investment Firms Classification

The Investment Firms Regulation and Directive (the "IFR/D Package"), became applicable on the 26th of June 2021. The IFR/D Package introduced a new prudential framework that is applicable to Investment Firms. For further details on the coming into force of the IFR/D Package, kindly refer to our article of the 4th of November 2021. On the 17th of January 2022, the Malta Financial Services Authority (the "MFSA") issued a Circular titled "The Investment Firms Regulation and Directive – Data Collection", which follows up on other circulars and briefings that were issued by the MFSA following the coming into force of…
Anthea Sammut​
25th January 2022