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Letter from Brussels

The European Commission report on AIFMD that was released in August of last year concluded that AIFMD is working well and only fine tuning of certain provisions is needed. Since then, policy makers in Brussels publicly identified five priority areas that they want to focus on in a targeted revision. Read more

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Real estate investment’s role in the recovery

As we reported in the last IQ, the COVID-19 crisis has prompted an unprecedented number of regulatory and policy consultations. Faced with the new challenges brought by the pendemic, including the stresses to the financial sector, policy makers have been closely monitoring how current regulations achieve their goals. Read more

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Letter from Brussels

We definitely live in interesting times but, as the ancient Chinese saying suggests, we could actually be cursed.  Read more

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Market Focus: UK

UK real estate investment industry faces impact of regulatory changes Read more

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Letter from Brussels

The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) was adopted following the global financial crisis, which exposed certain weaknesses in global financial markets and their regulatory regimes. The directive had a major impact on the non-listed real estate funds industry in Europe by establishing harmonised rules for the management and marketing of nearly all alternate investment funds in Europe.  Read more

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Letter from Brussels

The first phase of responding to the Covid-19 crisis was understandably focused on crafting health and safety measures, while cushioning the European economy as much as possible from the ensuing financial and economic impacts of the virus. In Brussels, the European Parliament and European Commission offices were closed and workers sent home to work, much like the rest of Europe. Read more

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Life in Wartime

French President Emmanuel Macron famously said, ‘this is war’ in his televised address concerning the corona virus on 16 March. Much of Europe has adopted wartime-like measures including quarantines, travel restrictions and school, store and restaurant closings as millions of workers in Europe work from home when possible. Read more

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Letter from Brussels

The European Green Deal which was published in December is the first major initiative of the new European Commission. Its focus is to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, which represents a new growth strategy for the EU aimed at creating a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy.  Read more

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Letter from Brussels

How do you measure the downside volatility of real estate investments in the worst situation imaginable? How far could property values fall? Put simply, that’s the issue confronting regulators developing solvency capital requirements (SCRs) for property investments under Solvency II as far back as 2009 and 2010. Read more

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Investing through a new world of tax complexity

With business activity becoming ever more global, tax authorities are increasingly focused on multi-national organisations and the opportunities they can give to optimise corporate tax charges and obligations. Read more