UPDATES ON THE NEW ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENT FUNDS LAW

As we had reported in our July newsletter, the new Alternative Investment Funds Lawcame into force in July 27, 2014, appointing the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commissioned(CySEC) as the competent supervisory authority for AIFs.

S&AThe new Law regulates the establishment and operation of AIFs in Cyprus and replaces the International Collective Investment Schemes Laws of 1999 and 2000.

In relation to the existing International Collective Investment Schemes (ICIS) that have been operating and supervised by the Central Bank of Cyprus or for any pending applications, the new AIF Lawprovided a period of transposition and supervision by new competent authority, CySEC.

More specifically, section 120(1) of the new Law, provides that ICIS that have been cleared to operate in accordance with the ICIS law previously applicable, may continue to operate:

  • either as AIFs with limited number of persons, as long as they comply with the provisions of sections 114 – 118 of the AIF Law and submit to CySEC all the information and documents specified in section 120(1)(a).
  • In this case they will continue to operate on the basis of the authorisation received by the Central Bank of Cyprus, without the requirement of receiving re-authorisation by CySEC;
  • either as AIFs of Part II of the Law, as long as they are authorised by CySEC in accordance with section 13 of the AIF Law;
  • either as AIFMs, as long as they are authorised by CySEC in accordance with section 8 of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Law of 2013.

Initially, the above mentioned information and the applications for permission to operate under the AIF Law were required to be submitted toCySEC by November 25, 2014. Pursuant to an Announcement by CySEC last Friday, the period of transposition of existing operating ICIS into AIFs has been extended toMarch 25, 2014. The relevant amendment to AIF Law implementing this extension of time is due to be passed by the Cypriot Parliament within the next two weeks. In case of failure of the above mentioned procedure, the ICIS will be dissolved in accordance with the ICIS Laws. The new deadline for dissolution of ICIS has been extended to six months following March 25, 2014.