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One step closer to EuVECA in Norway

On 23 March 2018, the EEA Joint Committee decided to implement the EuVECA-regulation into the EEA Agreement. Norway is now one step closer to enabling Norwegian AIF managers to market venture capital funds to professional- and semi-professional investors within the EEA. In Norway, the regulation has...

AIFMD – clarity on pre-marketing?

On March 12th, the European Commission published a proposal for amendments to the AIFMD and EuVECA regulation. It stipulates conditions for pre-marketing of alternative investment funds to professional investors domiciled in the EU. The proposal forms part of the Commission’s “Capital Markets Union action plan, which...

Have you appointed your AML-responsible yet?

Norwegian and Swedish anti-money laundering legislation requires all companies falling under its scope, including managers of alternative investment funds, to appoint an “AML-responsible”. This person shall either be a member of the management team, the managing director or an equivalent executive. The responsibility entails to...

Skatterettslig klassifisering av forvaltningshonorar i private-equity fond

I dom avsagt 28. februar 2018 slo Høyesterett fast at forvaltningshonorar som var betalt av private equity-fond til deres forvaltere var en kostnad som skulle deles opp ved beskatningen av investeringsselskapene. Honorarene hadde ulike formål, og måtte dermed deles opp i en fradragsberettiget forvaltningsdel og...

Better funding of innovation in Norway

A report with recommendations to improve the supply of risk capital to new innovations in Norway has been released. Now it is in politicians' hands to start discussing suggestions for ease in taxation, establishment of a new state owned fund-of-funds and reduced investment restrictions for...

Fund Manager – Strengthen the CFO Function through outsourcing

A challenging market as well as stricter regulation of alternative investment funds and investment companies demand high quality-, capacity- and expertise in the CFO function. In addition to a solid track record and an unblemished reputation, fund managers must provide high quality investor communication and reporting....

AML-reporting to Finansinspektionen

New anti-money laundering legislation has entered into force in Sweden. According to this new regulation, AIF managers must report data that enables Finansinspektionen to assess the risk that these firms will be used for money laundering and financing of terrorism. AIF managers must submit this data...

Sustainable investments and why ESG matters

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The demand for sustainable and impact investing is growing – investors now consider environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors across USD 8.72 trillion of professionally managed assets, which is a 33% increase since 2014, says Report on US Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing Trends as...

Control requirement-exemption for AIFs investing in SMEs

The main rule for an EEA-based AIF-manager wishing to market its AIF towards Swedish semi-professional investors, is that the AIF is required, in general, to invest to obtain control. This is difficult for early phase- and venture investments as these companies are normally driven by...

Swedish semi-professional investors – who are they and how to reach them?

EEA-based AIF-managers have a great opportunity to reach an important segment of investors in Sweden: the semi-professionals. What is the definition of such investors and how can managers reach them? Semi-professional investors By virtue of the AIFM Directive (AIFMD), all EU member states may adopt national rules...