Updates to European Facilities Agent Requirements

Christina McCarthy, Global Head of Fund Administration at Maples Group updates on European Facilities Agent Requirements.

Fund Operator POSTED ON 8/17/2021 2:01:07 PM

Christina McCarthy, Global Head of Fund Administration at Maples Group discusses Facilities Agent Requirements.

In July 2019, the European Commission's new framework for cross-border distributions of investment funds entered into force and will apply in each EU Member state by 2 August 2021. The overall framework represents an overhaul of the current rules on cross-border distribution of both UCITS and alternative investment funds ("AIFs").

Under the current UCITS and ELTIF Directives, fund managers selling funds in the European Economic Area ("EEA") and the UK on a cross-border basis are required to appoint a local agent to ensure certain facilities are made available to investors in member states where the fund is marketed. As a result of the pending regulatory updates, this function can now be performed by a single entity, without the need to appoint multiple agents in each relevant member state.

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