On February 2, 2016, the FCA published a Policy Statement and final rules on the Implementation of the UCITS V Directive. The Policy Statement sets out final rules, guidance and changes made to the FCA Handbook that affect managers and depositaries of UCITS and Alternative Investment Funds. The Policy Statement also sets out comments on the feedback received to the FCA’s Part I consultation on the implementation of UCITS V published in September 2015, including: (i) remuneration principles and requirements applicable to managers, including details on payments of proportions of variable remuneration in non cash instruments; (ii) the applicable transparency obligations towards investors; and (iii) changes for depositaries including eligibility criteria and capital requirements for firms acting as depositaries of UCITS. The rules and guidance enter into force on March 18, 2016, the date on which the FCA is required to implement the UCITS V Directive. Certain requirements however are subject to transitional provisions. For example, UCITS managers will only have to comply with some of the remuneration requirements after the start of the first full performance period, post March 18, 2016. Also, non bank depositaries appointed before March 18, 2016 may continue to provide depositary services to UCITS clients until March 18, 2018, even if they have not yet met all new operational and prudential requirements applicable to them.
The Policy Statement is available at: http://www.fca.org.uk/static/documents/policy-statements/ps16-02.pdf.
The Consultation Paper is available at: http://finreg.shearman.com/uk-regulator-consults-on-implementation-of-recent.