REGULATORY CLIENT UPDATE / MARCH 2023
ELTIF 2 will enter into force on 9 April 2023: Regulation (EU) 2023/606 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 March 2023 amending the initial ELTIF Regulation (EU) 2015/760 has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union.
The amended ELTIF Regulation sets out the requirements pertaining to the investment policies and operating conditions of ELTIF, as well as the scope of eligible investment assets, the portfolio composition and diversification requirements and the borrowing of cash and other fund rules.
Luxembourg Market Update: new platform for fund data management
Nearly half (49%) of Europe-focused private capital funding was for Luxembourg-domiciled vehicles in 2022, compared with 33% in 2018, 42% in 2019 and 53% in 2021. Private equity is the dominant asset class among Luxembourg-domiciled alternative funds, but the share of private debt and infrastructure vehicles is increasing.
Regulatory Developments in and beyond Luxembourg:
10 February 2023: Wolfsberg Group releases new questionnaires
The Wolfsberg Group, an association composed of 13 global banks, announced the release of version 1.4 of the Correspondent Banking Due Diligence Questionnaire (“CBDDQ”) and version 1.2 of the Financial Crime Compliance Questionnaire (“FCCQ”), along with updated supporting guidance, glossary and FAQs documents.
7 March 2023: Amendment of SFDR RTS
The Luxembourg tax authority (Administration de l’Enregistrement, des Domaine et de la TVA – “AED”), which supervises unregulated funds in respect of their AML/CFT obligations, released an updated version of its guide on professional obligations of reserved alternative investment funds (RAIF) with regard to AML/CFT oversight.
Some of the changes include:
RAIFs are advised to review the updated guide and ensure alignment with their AML/CFT policies and procedures.
8 March 2023: Amendment of SFDR RTS
The CSSF has informed Financial Market Participants (FMPs) about the release of an amended SFDR RTS which went into force on 20 February 2023. The amended SFDR RTS introduce precontractual and periodic transparency requirements in relation to Taxonomy aligned fossil gas and nuclear energy related activities for financial products disclosing under Articles 8 and 9 of SFDR.
9 March 2023: Publication of the CSSF working paper “Liquidity Stress Test for Luxembourg Investment Funds: Time to Liquidation Approach”
The CSSF presents in this working paper a liquidity stress testing framework applicable to Luxembourg investment funds. The key characteristics of this liquidity stress testing framework are the following:
17 March 2023: Publication of a new notification template for critical ICT outsourcing
The CSSF has released a new notification template to be used by In-Scope Entities to notify the CSSF of critical or important ICT outsourcing arrangements in accordance with points 59 and 60 of Circular CSSF 22/806 on outsourcing arrangements.
This template replaces the previous template (“Notification for outsourcing of material IT activities”). Specific attention has been paid to align the terminology and structure of the template to Circular CSSF 22/806.
The notification periods and communication channels remain unchanged.
20 March 2023: Revised ELTIF Regulation published in the Official Journal of the EU
The amendments to Regulation (EU) 2015/760 on European long-term investment funds (ELTIF 2) have been published in the Official Journal of the European Union.
ELTIFs that are already authorised under the current ELTIF Regulation have until 11 January 2029 to comply with ELTIF 2, unless they do not raise additional capital, in which case they shall be deemed to comply with the revised regulation.
ELTIFs authorised before 10 January 2024 may choose to be subject to ELTIF 2 if they notify their national competent authority. In Luxembourg, ELTIFs can therefore be authorised under ELTIF 2 from its entry into force as of 9 April 2023.
As a reminder, in 2015, the ELTIF Regulation introduced a new type of alternative investment fund that has the unique advantage of being able to market its units/shares/interests across the European Economic Area to both professional and retail investors. Despite this major advantage, the number of ELTIF setups, as well as the amount of money raised by ELTIFs did not take off due to constraints under the ELTIF Regulation, mainly relating to eligible assets and diversification rules as well as rules relating to the distribution to retail investors.
Those barriers to the success of ELTIFs will be lifted by ELTIF 2, and in particular with the following amendments:
It is likely that regulatory technical standards (RTS) will be published for public consultation in the coming weeks. These RTS will bring further clarification on the provisions relating to the redemption of units or shares of ELTIFs.
24 March 2023: CSSF communiqué on SFDR data collection exercise
The CSSF has released a communiqué on an SFDR data collection exercise on precontractual disclosures in relation to SFDR and the Taxonomy Regulation. It applies to all IFMs. The objective of the data collection exercise is to collect information contained in precontractual disclosure documents/templates. A user guide providing clarifications on the content and the format of the information to be reported as well as technical details on the data collection process is available.
After the initial declaration, IFMs remain responsible to ensure that the information provided is being kept up-to-date; in case of changes to the precontractual documents/templates, IFMs and IORPs must update the data reported under the SFDR data collection by transmitting subsequent declarations.
The deadline for submission of the initial report is 15 June 2023.
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