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Third country rules for alternative investments: passport flexibility comes at a price. ECMI Commentary No. 27/16 December 2010

De Manuel Aramendia, Mirzha J. (2010) Third country rules for alternative investments: passport flexibility comes at a price. ECMI Commentary No. 27/16 December 2010. [Policy Paper]

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    Abstract

    On 11 November 2010, the European Parliament approved the Alternative Investment Fund Managers (AIFM) Directive, which enters into force next year. Among the more controversial aspects of this piece of legislation are the rules applicable to third country managers and funds. This Commentary attempts to present the third country rules in an accessible manner for non-specialists and to critically discuss these rules. An Annex is provided to guide the reader through the numerous provisions and the different phases that will follow after the Directive enters into force. The author argues that while the principles outlined initially by the Commission have prevailed, there are two issues that cause concern: On the one hand, there is no fixed date for the entry into force of the passport for non-EU managers, which sends the wrong signal to the industry, part of which still hopes to avoid compliance. On the other hand, the lack of trust among member states has brought unnecessarily complex provisions, which can act as a barrier to investments that would otherwise benefit the European economy. The author concludes that, while the rules have gained in flexibility, regulatory certainty and efficiency have suffered.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > economic and financial affairs > Single Market > harmonisation/standards/mutual recognition
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > economic and financial affairs > Single Market > capital, goods, services, workers
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    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > ECMI Commentaries
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2011
    Page Range: p. 10
    Last Modified: 08 Apr 2014 12:22
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15462

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