MFA Comment Letters

Topic: chief compliance officer

MFA Submits Comments on AIFMD Remuneration09.27.12


MFA submitted comments to the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) on its consultation on guidelines on sound remuneration policies […]

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Topics: affiliated group AIFM, AIFMD, alignment of interests, alternative instruments, Annual Report, assets under management, audit, AUM, Balance Sheet, bank, bonuses, capital requirements, carried interest, chief compliance officer, Claw-Back, commissions, compliance, compliance staff, Confidential Information, consultation paper, control function, control functions, Council of the European Union, counsel, credit institutions, deferral of remuneration and pension, deferred remuneration, delegate, deposit-taking entity, Disclosure, distributions, ESMA, EU, EU Passport, European Commission, European Parliament, European Securities and Markets Authority, European Union, excessive risk-taking, fee structure, fees, financial institutions, financial stability, governing body, government insurance, hedge fund managers, hedge funds, Identified Staff, institutional investor, Insurance, investors, junior partner, Limited Liability Company, limited liability partnership, LLC, LLP, management bodies, management committees, marketing, material risk, Member State, Member State competent authorities, MiFID, MiFID firms, minimum capital requirements, non-deferred remuneration, non-EU AIFM, non-executive directors, operational risk, other risk taker, own account dealer, owner-managed AIFM, parent company, pension, performance fee, performance measures, Policy Makers, private placement, private placement regime, proportionality principle, public shareholders, redemption rights, Regulators, RemCo, remuneration, remuneration policies, retention policy, risk alignment, risk management, risk profile, Senior Management, service providers, shareholders, sophisticated investors, stakeholders, tax, Tax Implications, third country, UCITS, underperformance, United Kingdom, variable remuneration,

MFA and AIMA Submit Comments to CFTC on Cross-Border Guidance08.28.12


MFA and AIMA jointly submitted a comment letter to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) on its “Proposed Interpretive Guidance […]

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Topics: accredited investors African Development Bank, AIMA, Alternative Investment Management Association, Asian Development Bank, banks, Business Conduct Standards, buy-side firms, CFTC, chief compliance officer, clearing, collective investment vehicles, comment letter, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, commodity pool, commodity pool operator, commodity swaps, compliance costs, Corporation, cost-benefit analysis, Council of the European Union, counterparties, CPO, CPO registration requirements, Dealer, dealers, Department of the Treasury, derivatives, derivatives markets, direct or indirect ownership, duplicative regulation, entity-level requirement, ESMA, estate, European Parliament, European Securities and Markets Authority, execution, fiduciary, financial crisis, financial stability, financial system, foreign banks, foreign entity, Form CPO-PQR, fund, fund of funds, G20, G20 commitments, general partnerships, hedge fund administrator, hedge fund industry, hedge fund managers, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Monetary Authority, income tax, Inter-American Development Bank, International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, international harmonization of regulations, International Monetary Fund, International Organization of Securities Commissions, interpretive guidance, IOSCO, Jill Sommers, joint-stock company, limited liability companies, listed entity, Look Through, major swap participants, majority ownership, margining, market impact, market participants, Monetary Authority of Singapore, MSPs, natural person, non-U.S. investment fund, non-U.S. market participants, non-U.S. persons, OTC derivatives, OTC derivatives market, over-the-counter derivatives, partnership, pension plans, Policy Makers, pooled accounts, portfolio reconciliation, prime brokers, qualified eligible person, real-time public reporting, registration, regulatory framework, regulatory requirements, reporting party, risk management, Scott O'Malia, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, Securities and Futures Commission, segregation, sell-side firms, shareholders, Singapore, substituted compliance, swap data recordkeeping, swap data reporting, swap data repository, swap dealer, swaps, swaps processing, third country, trade confirmations, transaction cost, transaction-level requirements, transparency, Trust, U.S. person, uncleared swaps, United Nations,

MFA Submits White Paper to European Commission on Shadow Banking06.01.12


On June 1, MFA submitted a white paper on hedge funds and shadow banking in response to the European Commission’s […]

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Topics: "too big to fail ABCP conduits, absolute risk, AIFMD, Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, asset classes, asset-backed commercial paper conduits, asset-backed securities, assets under management, AUM, Background Note, Background Note "Shadow Banking: Scoping the Issues", bank-like activities, bank-like regulation, bankruptcy, banks, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, broker-dealer, Brookings Institution, Bureau of Economic Analysis, central clearing, CFTC, chief compliance officer, collateral, Columbia University, commodity futures contracts, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, commodity pool, commodity trading advisor, convertible arbitrage, corporate bonds, corporate fixed income instrument, counter-cyclical, counterparties, credit arbitrage strategies, credit cards, credit hedge funds, credit intermediation, creditor, CTA, demand deposit accounts, Department of the Treasury, deposit-like characteristics, derivative transactions, derivatives, derivatives market, direct lending, direct loan market, discount windows, distressed restructuring strategies, Dodd-Frank Act, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Doug Elliott, EMIR, equity investors, EU, EU Member State, European Commission, European Market Infrastructure Regulation, European Union, financial industries, financial institutions, financial market, Financial Services Authority, Financial Stability Board, Financial Stability Oversight Council, fixed income - asset backed, fixed income - convertible arbitrage, fixed income - corporate, fixed income instruments, Form ADV, Form PF, FSA, FSB, FSOC, fundamental credit analysis, G20, gates, government bonds, government insurance, Green Paper "Shadow Banking", hedge fund counterparties, hedge fund industry, hedge fund managers, Hedge Fund Research, hidden leverage, House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, ICI, initial margin, insider trading, instant liquidity funds, institutional investment manager, investment advisers, Investment Company Institute, investment strategies, investor, leverage, leverage ratio, leveraged loan markets, liquidity, liquidity protections, liquidity transformation, loans, lock-up periods, Long Term Capital Management, Lord Adair Turner, major swap participants, margin, market based regulations, Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, Master Limited Partnership, maturity tra, maturity transformation, MiFID, money market funds, mutual funds, mutual funds management, non-bank financial insitutions, nonbank credit intermediation, Office of Financial Research, OFR, originator, OTC derivatives, over-the-counter derivatives, PIPE, pricing discrepancy, private equity, private investment in public equity, private issue/Regulation D strategies, property-casualty insurance, prudential regulation, public company equity securities, quantitative strategies, RAUM, real estate, receivables, redemption terms, Regulation D, regulatory arbitrage, regulatory assets under management, regulatory framework, relative value, relative value - multi-strategies, risk analysis, risk management, SEC, secured borrowings, secured financing, Securities and Exchange Commission, segregation, shadow banking, shadow banking system, side pockets, SIFI, SIV, small and medium-sized enterprises, SME, sophisticated investors, state securities regulators, structured investment vehicles, swap dealers, swaps, systemic risk, systemically important financial institution, tangible financial commitments, taxpayer, the Fed, total return swaps, transparency, U.S. Securities Laws, uncollateralized loans, United Kingdom, variation margin, venture capital funds, Volcker Rule,

MFA Response to FSA Discussion Paper on Implementation of the AIFMD03.23.12


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Topics: Advanced Method AIFMD, AIFMD firm, Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, audit function, CAD-defined terms, capital requirements, CDS, CESR Guidelines on Risk Management and the Calculation of Global Exposure and Coutnerparty Risk for UCITS, chief compliance officer, compliance function, conflicts of interest, CRD3 framework, depositary, depositary liability, Dodd-Frank Act, ESMA, EU Passport, EUR denominated bonds, European Central Bank, European Securities and Markets Authority, exchanges, external valuer, family investment vehicle, family relationship, FCA, FCA Approach Document, Final Advice on the AIFMD, Financial Services Authority, foreign exchange, Form PF, FSA, FSA Discussion Paper "Implementation of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive", FSA Principles for Business, FSA Remuneration Code, functional and hierarchal independence, functional and hierarchical separation, hedge funds, hedging arragements, institutional investors, interest alignment, interest rate risk, internally managed AIF, internationally coordinated approach to reporting, investor capital, IPRU (INV), less than fully invested, letter-box entity, leverage, limited partnership, liquidity requirements, marketing, Member State competent authorities, MiFID, MiFID firm, MiFID investment services, MiFID portfolio managers, NAV, NAV per share, net asset value, net assets under management, non-EU AIFM, PII requirements, portfolio management, portfolio management personnel, portfolio risk, preferential treatment, prime brokers, private placement, professional indemnity insurance, professional investors, professional negligence, proportionality principle, proprietary business information, public offers, QIS disclosure requirements, qualitative risk limit, redemption terms, regulatory requirements, regulatory risks, remuneration guidelines, remuneration provisions, retail consumers, retail customers, retail investors, reverse solicitation process, risk management, risk/return profile, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, segregated account, side letters, single AIFM, swap data warehouses, SYSC 10 of the FSA Handbook, third country, third country managers, tier 4 firm, UCITS Directive, UCITS investors, UK AIFM, unregulated CIS, valuation oversight duties, valuation procedures, Value at Risk, VaR methodology,

MFA Submits Comments to ESMA in Response to Draft Technical Standards on OTC Derivatives, CCPs and Trade Repositories03.19.12


MFA submitted a comment letter to the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) in response to its Discussion Paper on […]

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Topics: ADR aggregation, alternative liquidity providers, American Depository Receipt, back testing, back-to-back arrangements, bespoke and customized transactions, Cayman Islands, CCP, CCP Board, CCP committee, CCP data, CCP governance arragements, CCP's margin models, CCPs governance structure, central clearing, central counterparty, CFTC, chief compliance officer, chief risk officer, chief technology officer, clearing, clearing member, clearing members, clearing obligation, client clearing models, clients, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, competitive execution, confidence interval, confidentiality agreements, confidentiality of counterparty identities, conflicts of interest, counterparty and operational risk, counterparty credit risk, credit intermediary, credit intermediation, default, derivatives market, disclosure requirements, disclosure thresholds, Dodd-Frank Act, electronic trading, electronically processed, EMIR, ESMA, ESMA Discussion Paper on Draft Technical Stanards for the Regulation on OTC Derivatives CCPs and Trade Repositories, EU, EU member currency, Euro, European Securities and Markets Authority, European Union, executing counterparty, execution documentation, execution platform, extraterritorial application of EMIR, FCM, FIA, FIA-ISDA Cleared Derivatives Execution Agreement, foreign exchange derivatives, fund domicile, futures commission merchant, Futures Industry Association, guarantor, Hong Kong, indirect clearing, indirect clearing models, indirect contractual arrangements, interest rate derivatives, international harmonization of regulations, International Swap Derivatives Association, ISDA, liquidation period, lookback period, manager domicile, margin levels, margin requirements, market integrity, market location, market oversight, non-dealer representatives, non-default clearing members, notional amount, OTC derivatives, OTC derivatives market, over-the-counter derivatives, portability, principal of business, privacy and confidentiality of information, public dissemination of information, real-time processing, reasonably liquid traded instruments, record keeping, reference entity domicile, reference security, risk committees, risk management expertise, SD, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, security-based swaps, segregation, settlement currency, sound governance requirements, straight-through processing, stress tesing, sublimit, swap dealer, systemic risk, technical standards, third country counterparities, third country entities, trade acknowledgment, transaction volumes, underlying instrument,

Comment Letter on Proposed Rule and Interpretation on Registration and Regulation of Security Based Swap Execution Facilities04.04.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the SEC on its proposed rule and proposed interpretation on Registration and Regulation of […]

Comment Letter to the CFTC on its Proposed Core Principles and Other Requirements for Swap Execution Facilities03.08.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the CFTC on its proposed Core Principles and Other Requirements for Swap Execution Facilities. […]

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Topics: annual review auction-based methods, available for trading, bilateral trading, bilateral trading environment, block size, block trade thresholds, block trades, cash position, CBOE futures exchange, CEA, central limit order variants, CFTC, chief compliance officer, cleared swaps, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, competition, complete audit trail, conflicts of interest, congestion, connectivity, credit default swaps, crossing, daily trading records requirements, data analysis, DCM, dealer-to-customer platforms, debt instrument, Designated Contract Market, discreet contract, electronic platform, emergency procedure, exchanges, exchanges for physical, exchanges for swaps, execution protocol, fixing, flexibility, futures position, grace period, grandfather relief, institutional investors, interstate commerce, ISDA, joint the trade, large notional transaction size threshold, limit order, linked transactions, liquidity, liquidity characteristics, major swap participants, Mandatory Execution Requirement, mandatory minimum required recipients, mandatory objective criteria, mandatory transparent criteria, Manipulation, market efficiencies, market liquidity, market-based competition, matching, matching traders, minimum block sizes, minimum block threshold, multiple-to-multiple trading venues, non-continuous liquidity, off-market transactions, one-to-one voice services, open outcry trading pits, order book, order book systems, OTC, OTC market, Over-the-Counter, Over-the-Counter Derivatives Markets, packaged transactions, permitted transactions, physical contract, physical position, price distortion, public information, quote requesters, quote-requesting participant, real-time public reporting of swap transaction data, recordkeeping requirements, regulatory efficiencies, reporting requirements, request for quote, required transactions, responsive quote, resting bids, RFQ, RFQ response period, RFQ system, Rulebook, SB SEF, security-based swap execution facility, SEF trading platforms, SEFs, SIFMA, single joint transactions, sporadic liquidity, swap data repositories, swap execution, swap execution facilities, timing delay, trading venues, transparency, voice-based system, voice-based trading, widened bid/offer spreads,

Comment Letter to the Canadian Securities Administrators, Responding to Proposed Amendments to National Instrument 31-103, Registration of non-Canadian Investment Fund Managers01.13.11


On January 13, MFA filed a comment letter with the Canadian Securities Administrators in response to the CSAs proposed amendments […]

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