Feb
16

MFSA implements Fast-track Filing Procedure for Offering Documents of Collective Investment Schemes amended to comply with the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulations.

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Following the entry into force of the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (" SFDR ") in December 2020, the provisions of the said Regulations will become effective on the 10 th March 2021. By way of background, the SFDR will require financial market participants and financial advisors to make pre-contractual and ongoing disclosures to investors regarding the integration of sustainability risk, the impacts of adverse sustainability, as well as the promotion of ESG characteristics and sustainable investments (as applicable). In this respect, pursuant to a circ...
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Apr
09

ESMA Publishes Guidance on Performance Fees in UCITS and Certain AIFs

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On the 3 rd April, 2020, the European Securities and Markets Authority (" ESMA ") published its final guidelines on performance fees in Undertakings for Collective Investments in Transferable Securities (" UCITS ") and certain types of Alternative Investment Funds (" AIFs "). The guidelines provide comprehensive guidance to fund managers when designing performance fee models for the funds they manage, including the assessment of the consistency between the performance fee model and the fund's investment objective, policy and strategy, particularly when the fund is...
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Mar
25

MFSA Issues Circular on Contingency Planning in Light of COVID-19

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As a result of the current crisis in which we find ourselves, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Malta Financial Services Authority (" MFSA ") issued a notice on 13 th March 2020, urging investment firms, custodians, fund managers and collective investment schemes (collectively referred to as " Licence Holders ") to take into account how their operations may be affected by this pandemic. In light of this, the MFSA expects Licence Holders to take the necessary measures and precautions to deal with the evolving situation and to be able to cater for any eventuality, b...
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Mar
18

FIAU issues circular extending REQ submission deadline

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  The Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit (FIAU) has on the 16 March 2020 issued a circular informing all subject persons that the deadline for submission of the REQ has been extended. The current deadline for submission is the 4 May 2020. The late penalty submission penalty fee has also been suspended for REQs submitted by COB 4 May 2020. Additional information including an update on COVID-19 business continuity measures adopted by the FIAU can be accessed here . Disclaimer This document does not purport to give legal, financial or tax advice. Should you re...
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Sep
30

Update on the Maltese Temporary Permission Regime for UK Investment Firms and Fund Managers.

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On 24 September 2019 the Government of Malta issued three legal notices with respect to three Regulations, falling under the Investment Services Act, which are to be amended in order to cater for the event of a no-deal Brexit. This comes following a circular which was issued by the MFSA on 28 March 2019 that introduced the possibility of granting temporary permission to UK entities  1 already passporting into Malta. The three Regulations to be amended include the: i. European Passport Rights for Investment Firms Regulations; ii. Investment Services Act (UCITS...
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