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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...

Fund hotel – Keep your strategic focus!

The concept is easy to understand. AIF-managers are responsible for operating independent risk- and portfolio management functions. Given certain criteria, either function may be outsourced to another licensed AIF-manager, while portfolio management may also be outsourced to a company licensed to operate as an active manager...

MIFID II on equality and diversity

It is interesting to note how the arguments for securing women board positions in Norwegian public limited companies (PLC), ending in a 2005 amendment to the plc act, differs from the MIFID II requirement for diversity. In the 2003 proposal for an amendment to the law,...

What is an AIF? Rev. 2

Almost three years have passed since Permian’s first article on this question. A clarification by the Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway (Finanstilsynet) provided reason for an update. In a conference in Oslo on November 29, Finanstilsynet offered a clarification to the four-year old question: “what is...