Thursday July 16 2020

News Source: Fund Regulation

Focus: Liquidity Risk Management

Type: General

Country: Ireland

On 13th July 2020, the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI) published a notice of intention in relation to the application of the ESMA Guidelines on liquidity stress testing in UCITS and AIFs. This notice of intention relates to the Final Report on ‘Guidelines on liquidity stress testing in UCITS and AIFs’ (ESMA34-39-882) (the Guidelines) which the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published on 2nd  September 2019. The Guidelines apply from 30th  September 2020.

Alternative Investment Fund Managers (AIFMs) are required to regularly conduct stress tests, under normal and exceptional liquidity conditions, to assess and monitor the liquidity risk of the Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs). These obligations are supplemented by detailed level II rules on liquidity management. UCITS management companies are also required to conduct appropriate stress tests to assess the liquidity risk of the UCITS in exceptional circumstances.

The Guidelines seek to promote supervisory convergence, develop guidance on the practice to be followed by fund management companies for the stress testing of liquidity risk for individual AIFs and UCITS.

In addition, the Guidelines also set out provisions relevant to UCITS and AIF depositaries. These provisions relate to verification procedures which the depositaries should employ.

The Central Bank of Ireland will, in due course, consult on the incorporation of a requirement in the Central Bank UCITS Regulations and AIF Rulebook that UCITS Management Companies, AIFMs and depositaries adhere to the Guidelines. In the interim, the Central Bank expects full compliance with the Guidelines from 30 September 2020.

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