JFA Masterclass explores key regulatory trends
New regulation, both domestic and international, is creating significant opportunities for Jersey’s funds sector – but at the same time is requiring industry participants to be more agile than ever before, according to speakers at a recently held Masterclass event organised by the Jersey Funds Association (JFA).
Expert speakers at the recent event, held in September at the Royal Yacht Hotel and attended by over 50 industry representatives from Jersey's funds sector as well as colleagues from the Government of Jersey and the Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC), provided valuable insights into the evolving regulatory environment and the impact on Jersey’s funds sector.
In particular, the event emphasised the significant ongoing regulatory changes in both the UK and EU, including the UK’s ongoing efforts to enhance its ecosystem for asset managers and the EU’s review of the AIFMD. Prem Mohan, Partner at Kirkland and Ellis, highlighted how evolutions to AIFMD II could bring greater compliance challenges, whilst also pointing to how National Private Placement (NPP) arrangements, such as those through Jersey, still provide a good route to EU capital for non-EU managers with the current expectation that the NPP regime will remain in place for the mid-term.
Helen De La Cour, Director of Financial Services for he Government of Jersey highlighted Jersey's focus on developing regulation to ensure inclusive and appropriate access to financial services while being committed to enabling the funds sector to continue to grow and innovate.
David Eacott, Executive Director of Supervision at the Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC) shared his observations on Jersey's funds sector from his first half-year in post leading the JFSC's supervisory activities. David pointed to tokenisation and digital assets being very much on the JFSC's agenda.
Closing the session, David Postlethwaite, Sustainability and ESG Lead at KPMG, explored how ESG regulation was being integrated across the funds sector and how managers were having to increasingly apply an ESG lens to their due diligence procedures – something that is driving greater data sophistication when it comes to reporting and disclosure.
Jon Stevens, Chair of the JFA’s Regulatory and Compliance Sub-Committee and Deputy Managing Director of Mourant Consulting, hosted the event. He commented:
"Our latest Masterclass offered our broad funds sector a valuable opportunity to delve into crucial areas of regulatory progress. It’s clear that regulation in multiple areas – from sustainable finance and digital assets to domestic compliance and shifting international standards– are all impacting our industry, and firms at all levels of the supply chain are having to be nimble in responding to those changes.
“At the same time, Jersey has an opportunity to playa role in the inter-operability of these regulatory changes – helping investors to navigate and make sense of what it all means, across borders. And that will be an invaluable role for Jersey's funds practitioners to play in the years to come. Against that backdrop, I’m really pleased that there was such strong interest in our latest Masterclass event.”
Further details about the JFA’s Masterclass series and other events can be found here.