The Securities Commission of The Bahamas has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) with French securities regulator the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF).
The latest AIFMD MoU was signed by the Commission’s Chairman, Mrs. Tonya Bastian Galanis, and the Chairman of the AMF, Mr. Gérard Rameix on Wednesday 1 October 2014, during the 39th Annual Conference of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The addition of the AMF brings the number of AIFMD MoUs signed by the Commission to 24.
The AIFMD MoUs allow Bahamas based Alternative Investment Fund Managers (AIFMs) to market or to perform fund management activities for alternative investment funds (AIFs) in markets supervised by co-signatory European securities regulators. Similarly, they allow European based fund managers to manage or market Bahamas based AIFs in markets where the European regulator has entered into an AIFMD MoU with the Commission.
The objective of AIFMD, a directive of the European Parliament and Council, is to create a comprehensive regulatory framework for AIFMs either operating from the European Union or marketing AIFs there. AIFs include hedge funds, private equity funds, real estate funds and other types of institutional funds.
The Commission is seeking to conclude arrangements with counterpart regulators from the remaining seven EU member states this year.
*Photo Caption: The Chairman of the Securities Commission of The Bahamas, Mrs. Tonya Bastian Galanis (R), signs an Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive Memorandum of Understanding with the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) on Wednesday 1 October 2014. Mr. Gérard Rameix (L), Chairman on the AMF, signed on behalf of the French regulator. The signing took place during the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) Annual Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.*