The European Commission published on July 3rd a proposal for regulations and administrative provisions in respect of depositary functions, remuneration policies and sanctions related to UCITS.
With UCITS V the European Commission proposes a new depositary regime – the challenge will be ensuring that this “modernisation” strikes an appropriate balance.
In its impact assessment which accompanied the 2009 consultation document, the Commission highlighted that national divergences in the depositary regime could be the origin of significant legal uncertainty and could lead to different levels of investor protection across the EU.
Setting up and running a sub-custodian network, which has always been challenging, has become increasingly complex, particularly as there is no harmonised approach among Member States regarding the conditions applicable to this delegation and its on-going monitoring.
It should be noted that these rules have been included in the Directive on Alternative Investment Fund Managers (AIFMD) which governs alternative investment funds.
The proposed rules governing remuneration will ensure compensation of senior management, risk and controls functions is consistent with the UCITS risk management and profile.
Regarding the harmonised sanctions regime, member states will have to compile a list of minimum penalties for three types of offences (1) fund authorisation (2) fund operational (3) reporting rules. The penalties shall range from a public warning to a temporary suspension and fines.
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