Many non-E.U. fund managers have hesitated to market their funds into the E.U. since the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) took effect, because of national private placement regime (NPPR) requirements of each country in which the manager wants to market. Non-E.U. managers have been concerned about potentially burdensome and disparate registration and reporting requirements. A recent program presented by Advise Technologies sought to dispel some of those concerns and offered insights into how the NPPRs function in practice. The program, “Non-E.U. Fund Managers: Why AIFMD Is Easier Than You Think,” was moderated by William V. de Cordova, Editor-in-Chief of Hedge Fund Law Report, and featured Bill Prew, Founder and CEO of INDOS Financial; Tim Slotover, Founder and Director of flexGC; Jeanette Turner, Managing Director and General Counsel of Advise Technologies; and Arne Zeidler, Founder and Managing Director of Zeidler Legal Services. This article, the first in a two-part series, summarizes the key takeaways from the program with respect to initial entry requirements, pre-investment disclosures and annual reporting requirements under the NPPRs. The second article will address regulatory reporting requirements and the evolution of marketing under the NPPRs. For more from Slotover, Turner and Zeidler on the AIFMD, see “AIFMD Is Easier for Non-E.U. Hedge Fund Managers Than Commonly Anticipated
,” Hedge Fund Law Report, Vol. 8, No. 41 (Oct. 22, 2015). For more on marketing funds into the E.U., see “Passports, Platforms and Private Placement: Options for Marketing Funds in Europe in the Post-AIFMD Era
,” Hedge Fund Law Report, Vol. 8, No. 17 (Apr. 30, 2015); “Navigating the Patchwork of National Private Placement Regimes: A Roadmap for Marketing in Europe by Non-E.U. Hedge Fund Managers That Are Not Authorized Under the AIFMD
,” Hedge Fund Law Report, Vol. 7, No. 28 (Jul. 24, 2014); and “Four Strategies for Hedge Fund Managers for Accessing E.U. Capital Under the AIFMD
,” Hedge Fund Law Report, Vol. 7, No. 6 (Feb. 13, 2014).