Why firms need to be concerned with AIFMD right now - English

Webinar date: 
Monday 14 April at 14:00 GMT

We hosted the first in our series of webinars on Thursday 3 April. We covered the topic of why firms need to be concerned with AIFMD right now, looking at the level of liability from a depositary and a legal perspective. The topic was discussed in two languages, German and English, across two webinars.

Here, we are proud to present the English webinar which was hosted by Dominic Hobson of COO Connect, with a presentation by Roger Fishwick of Thomas Murray and panellists Shane Ralph of State Street and Richard Frase of Dechert.

The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, or AIFMD, is having far reaching consequences in the worlds of funds, fund managers and depositary banks. Funds and fund managers falling within its purview need to appoint a depositary bank as an AIF, and depositary banks have to assume strict liability for any losses incurred by the fund of assets in custody. Fund managers must also be sure that their appointed depositary bank meets all their requirements.

This is not a liability that banks generally are happy to assume. It requires increased due diligence on their part, increased knowledge of all the various counterparties as well as increased reporting. Join Thomas Murray Data Services on Thursday 3 April 2014 for a discussion around AIFMD and what you can do to be in the best position for its implementation, which is 22 July 2014.

Topics include:

  • Depositary bank liability
  • Liability for prime brokers, sub-custodians and transfer agents for funds
  • The increased need for information to be provided to clients regarding custody and country risk
  • A look ahead to UCITS V in 2015 and the likelihood of extended liability for depositary banks
  • The chance to ask questions of our panel of AIFMD experts.

For a video of the presentation made by Thomas Murray Data Services', Roger Fishwick, please see below:


For a video of the rest of the webinar, please see below:


For an audio recording of the entire webinar, please click here:

Contact Roger Fishwick at rfishwick@thomasmurray.com or telephone him on +44 (0) 20 8600 2300.

Contact Dominic Hobson at dominic.hobson@cooconnect.com or telephone him on +44 (0) 20 7228 3013.