This position paper welcomes the publication of the Commission proposal reviewing the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs). More specifically, it comments on the new ESMA direct supervisory powers over EuVECA and ELTIF funds, on the new funding and governance model and on the risks of making outsourcing and delegation arrangements more difficult.
In this response, Invest Europe has expressed its support for the European Commission’s work in this field, recognising that ESG factors should be part of the fiduciary duty of institutional investors and asset managers. However, there are a few issues that ought to be considered: (i) “material sustainability” should be properly defined; (ii) a one-size-fits-all solution would not be appropriate; and (iii) careful thought should be given to the right way forward (legislative or non-legislative).
In this response Invest Europe has expressed its support for the work of the High Level Expert Group, highlighting the important role that private equity can play in the achievement of the EU’s goals on sustainable finance and development. In addition, we emphasised the need to take account of existing international classification systems, labels and standards and expressed our concerns about the implications this work-stream may have on certain parts of financial services legislation.
In this response Invest Europe welcomes the Commission’s potential initiative to reduce national regulatory barriers to the cross-border distribution of investment funds and agrees with the identified policy areas, such as the definition of marketing or regulatory fees currently imposed on fund managers.
This response to this Commission Inception Impact Assessment welcomes the Commission consideration to revise the SME definition and suggests this revision should make clear that firms backed by private equity and venture capital investors do not, solely by virtue of that ownership form, fall outside the definition of an SME.
This response summarises the private equity industry’s position on the criteria that could be used to identify unlisted equity to which a lower risk charge could be applied. It also reiterates our concerns that existing Solvency II capital charges does not reflect the actual risk insurers face when investing in the asset class and argues that it should be significantly lower than the existing 39%. The Call for Evidence is part of the technical work undertaken by EIOPA to advise the European Commission on the reassessment of the risk-weighting for insurers' investments into unlisted equity and debt as part of their Solvency II review in 2018.
This member guide to the AIFMD explains its key provisions and implementing measures from a private equity perspective. It sets out the requirements for general partners and covers the impact on investors and funds of funds.
The PAE response to this Commission Consultation details the views of the private equity industry on potential changes made to the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) structure, governance and funding, in particular the suggestion for the ESAs (which include ESMA, EIOPA and EBA) to be funded directly by industry participants.
With the OECD work on Base Erosion & Profit Shifting (BEPS) now nearing its completion, and with various new tax rules having being agreed at EU level to increase transparency, significant reform has been brought about in the tax domain. At Invest Europe, we have contributed to numerous consultations and proposals to ensure that any new rules do not have unintended consequences. This short note brings together our common messaging on tax issues concisely explaining why private equity funds use structures such as holding companies and invest via certain jurisdictions.
In this response to the Commission Inception Impact Assessment on its future proposal on the prudential treatment of investment firms, Invest Europe supports the principle of establishing a prudential regime better tailored to investment firms but details its concerns over a proposal that would not take into account the specificities of the private equity industry
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