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Mikkel Bates, Regulatory Manager, dives into country specific approaches to the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) and whether there is a greater need for consistency across borders. France and Germany currently lead the way in setting higher standards, with France recently introducing legal sanctions against greenwashing.
Hong Kong’s fund management industry is changing. Alongside global macroeconomic uncertainty, the region is facing local challenges such as increased competition, rising compliance costs and downward pressure on fees. We spoke to Jeff Floro, our Head of Asia Sales in Hong Kong to find out more about the challenges and opportunities they face.
Financial services were almost completely excluded from the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the UK and the EU that was finalised on 24 December 2020. However, there are some specific elements that affect the legal structure and marketing of UK and EU investment funds now.
The first set of voluntary Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS) was introduced in 1999 by the CFA Institute. They have previously been updated in 2005 and 2010, while the latest update in 2020 is the most significant to date.
Spain is becoming an increasingly attractive market for both Spanish and non-Spanish investors alike and is a growing area of interest for all aspects of the fund ecosystem, from fund managers, to distributors, to intermediaries and to the end investor.
Mikkel Bates, Regulatory Manager at FE fundinfo, reflects on the regulations that did and did not go to plan this year in light of the global pandemic, and how the fund management industry is placed to face new regulatory changes in 2021.