The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive 2011/61/EU (AIFMD) is an EU law on the financial regulation of hedge funds, private equity, real estate funds, and other Alternative Investment Fund Managers (AIFMs) in the European Union.
The Directive requires all covered AIFMs to obtain authorisation, and make various disclosures as a condition of operation. It followed the global financial crisis. Before, the alternative investment industry had not been regulated at EU level.
The AIFMD Reporting schema consists of two components:
- AIFM – Alternative Investment Fund Managers (AIFMs) that have been authorised by an EEA member state are required to submit “transparency returns” (‘Annex IV reporting’) to the National Competent Authority (NCA) of the member state that authorised them to manage an Alternative Investment Fund (AIF).
- AIF – An AIFM must publish an annual, quarterly or monthly reports (depending on their size) for each AIF, for each market. This includes the following investment strategy and objectives, all fees and charges, the depositary and auditor details, prime broker details, legal details of the contract, etc.
AIFMD XML SCHEMAS.
XML Authority’s schema library contains the ESMA AIFM and AIF XML schema implementations as currently is used in:
- Austria – Finanzmarktaufsicht (FMA)
- Belgium – Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA – Autorité des services et marchés financiers/Authoriteit voor Financiële Diensten en Markten)
- France – Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF)
- Germany – BaFin (Bundesanstalt fur Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht)
- Ireland – Central Bank of Ireland
- Italy – Banca d’Italia
- Luxembourg – Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF)
- Malta – MFSA
- Netherlands – De Nederlandse Bank (DNB)
- Spain – Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores (CNMV)
- United Kingdom – Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
XML Authority’s intuitive user interface makes producing valid AIFMD XML filings easy with little or no training.
The European Commission Directive and ESMA’s implementation guidance provided by the OECD can be difficult to interpret. A detailed understanding of the data requirements can be gained at a glance with XML Authority’s simple presentation of the schema as a set of forms and tables.
Reports can be further simplified by eliminating non-relevant sections using the Schema Masking functionality.
Easly hide non-mandatory elements (individual reporting elements or entire report sections) which not only simplifies the schema layout but also reduces the complexity of your required import data.
AUTOMATE AND REDUCE ERRORS.
Save time and reduce errors by importing data from XML Authority generated Microsoft Excel import templates or linking to data in relational databases.
Create a set of related tables from which to read data which conform to the AIFMD Reporting schema using database scripts generated by XML Authority itself.
Be assured that your data is in compliance with the requirements of the schema through XML Authority’s validation functionality.
Get real-time feedback on the validity of data input and use the interactive Validations panel to help find and navigate to issues which would cause rejection at your local Tax Authority’s submission gateway.