The introduction of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (“AIFMD” or the “directive”) in July 2013 has had a fundamental impact on how the alternative investment funds industry across Europe conducts its business. The enactment of the directive has had a particular impact on the funds industry in Ireland, given the extraordinary growth in the industry here in recent years.
Progressive policies introduced by Irish legislators and a progressive approach to regulation, not to mention a huge amount of hard work by industry professionals, has resulted in a situation where Ireland is increasingly seen as the domicile of choice for private equity and venture capital funds (“PE and VC funds”) seeking to market their funds across the EU.
The introduction of the AIFMD directive has, however, presented the industry with some considerable challenges, particularly on the issues of implementation and compliance. For this reason, the Regulatory team at KPMG has pooled their expertise to produce this information booklet which we will hope will answer most of the questions that a PE or VC funds manager may have in terms of the impact of the directive on the way business is conducted.
We hope this guide is of benefit to both existing PE and VC funds in Ireland and also to those considering Ireland as a domicile.