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UK AIFMs no longer have access to the AIF marketing passport but remain attractive to managers who want to market to UK and Swiss investors only or use NPPR to access EU investors. The UK also has a significant listed AIFs sector, especially property funds known as real estate investment trusts (REITs).

UK delegation options

The UK is the largest European centre for alternative asset management including hedge, private equity, venture capital, private debt, real estate and ESG funds, second only to the US globally. If U.S. or Asian managers want individuals based in the UK (especially London as a global financial centre) to manage and advise the funds, then an EU AIFM can delegate portfolio management or investment advice to a UK firm directly authorised by the FCA. Alternatively, delegation can be to an IQ-EQ host MiFID firm. As a third option, the UK advisor can become an appointed representative of IQ-EQ thus avoiding the need for direct FCA authorisation.

How can IQ-EQ assist

  • IQ-EQ operates both a full scope and small scope AIFM in the UK (G10 Capital and Sapia Partners LLP respectively)
  • Using our platform enables you to launch your fund more rapidly, knowing that you are compliant with AIFMD
  • For the full scope option, we can also offer an AIF depositary service as required by the regulations
  • Costs are fixed on a monthly basis so you can have certainty over your outgoings
  • We take care of ongoing risk management and regulatory reporting and can utilise a secondment model to facilitate portfolio management
Working with IQ-EQ has been seamless – you and your team understand our business, advise us appropriately, and handle your side of our collective partnership so that we can focus on making good investment decisions. Evan Gibson SVP, Merchants Capital

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