In the last few years, Cyprus has grown to be one of the fastest emerging fund markets in Europe.
The passing of the Alternative Investment Fund Law of 2014 and the transposition of the UCITS IV Directive into domestic Law in 2012 have harmonized the local regulatory framework in line with the EU fund regulations, increasing the country’s competitive position and opening the market for the set-up of Cyprus funds which can be marketed domestically and in the EU.
With a market now built on strong legal foundations, the business environment is created for Fund managers, Custodians, and Administrators to operate and with their significant contribution the Cyprus fund market shall continue developing.
An Introduction to Cyprus Funds
- Historical Background: From the ICIS to AIF
- The Legal Framework, Scope and Developments
- An overview of the Cyprus Fund Market today
- The Prospects and the Constraints
- The various types of Funds and their classification, the legal form and structure, basic legal characteristics of AIF Funds
- The various actors in the Funds’ industry and their respective Roles
- Fund Set Up and Authorisation; a brief insight into the process of setting up a fund and applying for authorisation
Transfer Agent and Units Register
- The Transfer Agent Function
- Subscription of Units in the Fund
- Information/documents required before subscription
- Unit Holders Register
- Redemption of Units from the Fund
- Suspensions of Redemption
- Marketing and Distribution of Units
- Test of Well-informed/Professional Investors
- The Transfer Agent Process and information Flows
AML and Investor Compliance
- AML and KYC Systems and Procedures
- Customer Due Diligence
- The Risk Based Approach
- The 4thAML Directive
- Investor Documentation Requirements
- Building Investors’ Economic Profile
- Reporting for AIF Funds
Fund Accounting and the Valuation of Assets
- Organisational and Operational Procedures & Measures
- Information Flows & Trades Processing
- Cash Movements and Reconciliation
- Accrued Expenses and Fees Set Up
- List of Expenses Illustration
- How to treat corporate actions/security prices/exchange rates
- Pricing methodology and Valuation
- An Illustration of NAV Price calculation
- Statistical Reporting
Tax on AIF Funds
- Basic Tax Provisions on Funds
- The Common Reporting Standards and their effect on AIFs
Upcoming Legal Developments affecting Fund Administrators.
How they will be affected and the steps they will have to take to fully comply.
- New Law aiming to regulate the Administrator
- The Registered Fund
- The Mini Manager
- DATA Protection ACT
The programme is designed to deliver knowledge and enhance participants’ skills via short lectures, case-studies and practical examples. Participants will also benefit from feedback and take away the knowledge gained to be transferred to their workplace.
Questions by participants will be answered throughout. Real time examples and document samples will also be provided, where available. Participants will be interactively involved through an exchange of views and personal professional experiences.
This programme may be approved for up to 10 CPD units in Financial Regulation. Eligibility criteria and CPD Units are verified directly by your association, regulator or other bodies which you hold membership.
Who Should Attend
The programme will benefit several professionals and job functions:
- Investment Funds Professionals
- Fund Administrators
- Fund Custodians
- Legal Professionals that deal with Funds
- Compliance Officers
- Investment Advisors
- Portfolio Managers
- Risk Managers, Accountants
- Fiduciary Service Providers
- Other Professionals who wish to gain an insight into Cyprus Funds Law and more specifically Fund Administration