The Ucits IV directive was given the go-ahead by the European Commission in January 2009 and includes new rules for a management company passport, cross-border distribution, mergers, master-feeder structures and key investor information. Ucits IV repeals all other Ucits directives.
* The Ucits IV directive introduces five key modifications in the Ucits regulatory landscape (which dates back to 1988).
* The directive introduces management company passports, which allow Ucits authorised in one member state to be managed remotely by a management company established in another member state.
* Ucits IV aims to simplify the procedures for cross-border distribution.
* It introduces a framework for the domestic and cross-border mergers of Ucits allowing consolidation of Ucits.
* Three different forms of mergers are provided for: 1) merger by way of absorption. 2) Merger by formation. 3) A scheme of amalgamation or arrangement.
* Fund mergers are possible even if the investment strategies of the merging funds differ.
* Only the approval of the home state regulator of the merging UCITS is required.
* Master-feeder structures are introduced to facilitate (mostly tax-driven) asset-pooling. A Ucits (feeder) is allowed to be (fully) invested in another Ucits (master).
* The simplified prospectus is replaced with a key investor information (Kid) document designed to present comprehensible information similar for the Ucits of each member state.
* Ucits IV will rationalise the notification process and replace the existing simplified prospectus by July 2012 at the latest.
* The new notification process will be a regulator-to-regulator process. The Ucits’ home member state regulator will have only 10 working days to review a standardised (in form and content) notification file and to transmit it to the host member state, allowing the immediate right to start marketing activities in that country.
* The Key Investor Document (Kid) will be a short document containing key investors information, the content, form and presentation of which being fully standardised to help investors compare and understand Ucits.
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Published by EU, 11 Jul 2012
Member states’ interpretation of Ucits directive could lead to inconsistent investor risks.
Proposed: deadline for responses .
Published by FSA, 11 Oct 2011
How the European Union’s Ucist IV directive will be implemented in the UK has been explained by the FSA.
Final ruling: effective from 30 Jun 2011.