Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD)

The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive provides an EU framework for the regulation and oversight of alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs).

Similar to the UCITS Directive for retail funds, the AIFMD enables alternative investment funds (AIFs) authorised in one member state to be sold across the EU under a marketing passport. AIFMs managing and/or marketing AIFs in the European Economic Area (EEA) are in scope of AIFMD, with the applicable compliance requirements dependent on a number of factors, including marketing and/or management activity in the EEA, transitional arrangements and level of AuM. featured related page: fund types and structures.

AIFM Requirements

Since the implementation of AIFMD on 22 July 2013, EU AIFMs are subject to harmonised requirements relating to:

  • Authorisation

  • Organisational arrangements

  • Conduct of business

  • Remuneration

  • Conflicts of interest

  • Risk management

  • Liquidity management

  • Delegation

  • Appointment of a depositary

  • Transparency, disclosure to investors and regulatory reporting

  • Marketing in respect of EU and non-EU AIFs

The European Commission published a legislative proposal amending the AIFMD on 25 November 2021. This proposal is currently going through legislative debate in the EU institutions and Irish Funds is providing important industry input to policy makers.