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Investment Services & FundsLegal UpdateMario Mizzi

Legal Update on UCITS Information Documents

A key feature of Undertakings for the Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (“UCITS” fund) is the Key Investor Information Document (“KIID”), which provides the retail investor with simplified information from the prospectus. UCITS also qualify as Packaged Retail Investment and Insurance Products (“PRIIPS”). Since PRIIPs are required to do a Key Information Document (“KID”), promoters of a UCITS fund were technically obliged to provide both the KIID as well as the KID. Thus, these conflicting requirements would have created unclarity for the retail investor. Initially, an exemption was provided for investment companies and management companies who are promoting a UCITS…
Mario Mizzi
1st June 2022
Legal UpdateMario Mizzi

Delay in Applicability of Environmental, Social and Governance Technical Standards

The Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation ("SFDR"), which was passed in 2019 and became applicable in 2021, has introduced Environmental, Social and Governance ("ESG") reporting obligations for EU investment funds. These sustainability reporting obligations aim at reducing the marketing practice of greenwashing in the investment services industry. However, whilst the SFDR provided for the obligation to carry out ESG reporting, the Regulatory Technical Standards ("RTS"), which stipulate how the data relating to the financial product is to be presented to investors, was not yet harmonised across the EU. Such omission to provide a harmonised methodology resulted in investors being unable to…
Mario Mizzi
10th May 2022