Related insights: Investment Funds

WBD advises on Northern Accelerator investment fund

06 Aug 2020
WBD has advised on the creation of Northern Accelerator's Seed Investment Fund. Northern Accelerator is an innovative collaboration between four universities in the North East of England and the seed investment fund, managed by Northstar Ventures, will back spin-out businesses in the region.

Will new rules on crowdfunding have a significant impact on UK SMEs and start-ups who are reliant on alternative finance?

21 Nov 2019
The UK is heavily reliant on SMEs and start-up businesses, who made up 52% of all private sector turnover in 2018 and 60% of all private sector employment. These companies are more and more often looking at Crowdfunding as a method of solving a perceived lack of external financing (known as the 'funding gap') available for such companies. Whilst the factual evidence surrounding the existence of the 'funding gap' is not conclusive, the rules on alternative external funding can be hugely important to such businesses, potentially unlocking the investment to get them through those "touch and go" initial years.
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A summary of our FUNDamentals seminar

05 Sep 2019
In conjunction with NCM Fund Services (NCM) and RBS International (RBSI), Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) hosted "FUNDamentals" on 3 September in Edinburgh. This event marks the first in a series of funds events tailored to those in the sector.
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Fund marketing and distribution: ducking the issue?

03 Apr 2019
It's been a few years since implementation of the AIFMD and the times when barely any regulatory update would not mention distribution of investment funds. Has the industry got to grips with the requirements? How have those who establish and market funds from the UK adapted to the rules? How are they dealing with the differing demands of the AIFMD and FSMA? In this article, written for and originally published in Compliance Monitor (and updated in March 2019), Emma Radmore and Barry Stimpson of Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP outline the key regulatory considerations and the practicalities of a marketing strategy.
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Sector views shows FCA focus for business plan

01 Mar 2019
FCA has published its "Sector Views", highlighting the information it uses to assess how specific financial sectors and the financial system as a whole are working. It uses the analysis from its sector views when settling its Business Plan for the coming year. This year, it has decided to share the views in advance of publishing the Business Plan.
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Impact of leaving the EU on the financial services sector

20 May 2016
A vote to leave the EU could have a profound impact on financial services regulation in the UK. Financial institutions (including banks, investment firms, insurers, insurance intermediaries, fund managers, mortgage and consumer credit firms and payment services providers) that have cross border operations would be impacted by a change in the regulatory regime they operate under. The extent of this impact would of course depend on the success of the Government's negotiations with the EU.