Walkers Fundamentals 2022

Please join us on 31 October in NYC for Walkers Fundamentals 2022 where we will explore the latest trends in Investment Funds.

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Guernsey Climbs Legal 500 Rankings

Walkers' Guernsey office is now ranked by Legal 500 as Tier 1 for legal advisers in five of its core practice areas.

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10 Walkers' Lawyers Recognised in Asia Business Law Journal's Top 50 Offshore Lawyers 2022

10 lawyers across Walkers' Bermuda, Cayman, Hong Kong and Singapore offices have been recognised in the Asia Business Law Journal’s A-List of top offshore lawyers.

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Proposal to Amend the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive - A Closer Look

On 25 November 2021, the European Commission (the "EC") published its proposal (the "EC Proposal") for a directive amending the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive ("AIFMD"). The EC Proposal is a key element of the EC's Capital Markets Union package with the other proposals relating to: (i) the establishment of a European single access point; (ii) amendments to the ELTIF framework; and (iii) revision of the rules under MiFIR.  Notwithstanding the overarching assessment that AIFMD is "generally meeting its objectives", the EC have identified a number of areas under AIFMD that could, in their view, be improved. Read our advisory, which provides a brief overview of some of the key proposed amendments to AIFMD described in the EC Proposal. 

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Ireland Update: Clarity and Change for Whistleblowing

In Ireland, the recent Supreme Court decision in Baranya v Rosderra Irish Meats Group Limited [2021] has important implications for employers addressing protected disclosures made in the workplace. The timing of the Supreme Court decision is particularly apt with the imminent deadline for implementation of Directive (EU) 2019/1937 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of persons who report breaches of Union law ("Directive").

Read our advisory, which covers an overview of the Baranya v Rosderra case, further details surrounding the implementation of the Directive and key takeaways for employers surrounding protected disclosures and grievances: 

 

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Ireland Update: Central Bank’s property fund proposals

On 25 November 2021, the Central Bank of Ireland ("CBI") published a consultation paper, CP145, titled "Macroprudential measures for the property fund sector". The Central Bank is consulting on two key proposals: (i) a proposal to introduce leverage limits on certain property funds; and (ii) proposed guidance relating to liquidity mismatches. It is intended that these proposals will apply to alternative investment funds domiciled in Ireland, authorised under domestic legislation and investing over 50% directly or indirectly in Irish property assets. The Central Bank is seeking feedback on the proposals set out in the Consultation Paper by 18 February 2022. 

Read our advisory, which covers a background to the proposals, the CBI's proposed leverage limit, proposed guidance relating to liquidity mismatches and next steps.

 

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Ireland Update: CBI Dear CEO Letter on MiFID Suitability Requirements

On 1 December 2021 the Central Bank of Ireland ("CBI") issued a Dear CEO Letter detailing the findings of a review undertaken by the CBI as part of a Common Supervisory Action coordinated by the European Securities and Markets Authority ("ESMA") into firms’ compliance with the suitability requirements under MiFID II. The purpose of the Letter is to provide feedback to industry on the findings of the review and to outline the CBI’s expectations in relation to the application of the MiFID II suitability requirements.

To read our advisory, which covers the main findings of the Letter and the actions required by impacted Irish-authorised MiFID firms and credit institutions, please click below.

 

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Ireland Update: Time to Justify Retirement Age

In Ireland, many employers include a mandatory retirement age in their contracts of employment or employee handbooks.  The Employment Equality Acts 1998-2021 prohibit discrimination in employment on a number of grounds, including age.  However, there is an exception that allows employers to impose a mandatory retirement age on employees, provided the retirement age can be objectively justified. Read our advisory, which covers recent case law on mandatory retirement ages, the Code of Practice on Longer Working, the Pensions Commission's recommendations on the State pension age and key takeaways for employers.

 

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