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Is the ESG carriage being pulled by horses running at different speeds?

Is the ESG carriage being pulled by horses running at different speeds?

This overview is aimed at in-scope non-EU alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs) that market alternative investment Funds (AIFs) via national private placement regimes under Article 42 of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive which will include what the FCA calls “UK UCITS”. It explains SFDR and the Taxonomy Regulation; looks into what is happening now and what to do next.

Brexit Series – MoU

Brexit Series – MoU

In this article we discuss what we anticipate will be in the text of the financial services industry Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) concluded at the end of March but which has yet to be published. We look at: “What does MoU mean to you”?

MiFID II

MiFID II

For Product Managers, Lawyers and Compliance Teams | What you need to know to get your MiFID II product governance controls in order including 6 key requirements

FinTech | Have you read the Kalifa report?

FinTech | Have you read the Kalifa report?

Have you Read the Kalifa Report? Today FinTech is at the heart of much of what we do.  There is no one single piece of FinTech regulation but a tapestry that does require careful navigation. Read our briefing document.

SFDR is here. What now?

SFDR is here. What now?

SFDR into play from 10th March 2021. Many UK firms think it’s not for them. We identify where it may well be applicable and show reasons why.

Are you sure SFDR doesn’t apply to your organisation?

Are you sure SFDR doesn’t apply to your organisation?

   Are you sure SFDR doesn't apply to you?  Update note: Since this article was published in February, we published another on 10th March - the day SFDR came into play - you may wish to read it here:  SFDR is here - Now What?  By contrast, this article said the...

Post-Brexit approach to regulating UK financial services at Q1 2021

Post-Brexit approach to regulating UK financial services at Q1 2021

[The Post-Brexit approach to regulating financial services in the UK as at Q1 2021    Following on from our "Key Implications” briefing note on the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (24 December 2020)[5]  (the Agreement) this briefing note takes a more...

Breaking… It’s Good News Month for Merlys

Breaking… It’s Good News Month for Merlys

There’s growth and good news on the 2021 horizon for Merlys as they announce a new association with Merali Beedle and welcome new team member Andre Wint into the practice.

How To Get Value For Money When Buying Legal Services

How To Get Value For Money When Buying Legal Services

5 tips for getting value for money when buying legal services. 1. Get Clear About What You Want 2. Consider Competitive Quotes 3. Be Clear About Fees 4. Get Regular Status Quo Updates 5. Pay Lawyers Fees Promptly

An Occasional Brexit Update by Merlys – 16/11/20

An Occasional Brexit Update by Merlys – 16/11/20

An Occasional BREXIT Overview from Merlys - 16 November 2020   Where has the UK got to with “equivalence”?   What does “equivalence” mean? There are equivalence provisions in many pieces of EU legislation, some of which have been adopted into UK legislation...

4th Quarter Brexit Roadmap & Commentary (September–December 2020)

4th Quarter Brexit Roadmap & Commentary (September–December 2020)

  4th Quarter BREXIT Roadmap & Commentary (Sept-Dec 2020)   From the first mention of Brexit, Merlys has closely followed proceedings as it relates to the Funds and Asset Management sectors. In producing this document and Roadmap, Merlys aims to provide a...

What is AIFMD 2?

What is AIFMD 2?

What is AIFMD 2? AIFMD is the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive 2. The original (or first) AIFMD was implemented in 2013 and the European Commission indicated the need for a supplementary AIFM Directive (AIFMD 2) which was concluded 6 years later.  A...

Summer Update 2020

Summer Update 2020

We hope that all our clients, friends and their colleagues and families remain safe and well. This is a short bulletin to up-date you on recent developments while you may be taking a well-deserved break but need to catch up on those developments. The following are in...

What Changes Have Happened to ESG in Europe?

What Changes Have Happened to ESG in Europe?

ESG is a fast-evolving area of the law and it is increasingly influencing the funds management industry. It is very much on our radar at Merlys and we are actively keeping abreast of developments. We will be posting regular updates to add our take on this evolving...

Knowledge Is Power – Why Not Communicating Can be Dangerous

Knowledge Is Power – Why Not Communicating Can be Dangerous

We have all worked with people who, for a variety of reasons, believe that they can empire build and carry influence over others if they gather but do not disseminate information. This type of behaviour can start out as seemingly getting the edge over colleagues,...

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