KB Associates has successfully advised asset managers on the establishment of funds in all major offshore jurisdictions, including Ireland, Luxembourg, Cayman, Bermuda, BVI and Mauritius. KB Associates utilises its expertise and experience to assist asset managers with this process and has advised on all fund types including UCITS, AIFs, ETFs, offshore hedge funds, fund of funds, private equity funds and property funds. KB Associates has particular experience in the use of CCF and ICAV fund structures.
KB Associates’ independence and in-depth understanding of the capabilities of administrators, depositaries, custodians and prime brokers ensures that expert advice is provided to managers seeking to identify the most appropriate service providers for a particular fund.
Where a proprietary management company is utilised it is responsible for the UCITS business plan/AIFMD programme of activity. KB Associates provides designated persons to perform the following managerial functions:
- Investment management
- Fund risk management
- Operational risk management
- Regulatory compliance
- Capital and financial management
These functions are performed by two KB Associates consultants as it is necessary for the performance of the operational and fund risk management functions to be segregated from the performance of the investment management function.
The UCITS business plan/AIFMD programme of activity is prepared for the sole purpose of obtaining Central Bank of Ireland approval. There are many critical operational, compliance and administrative tasks which are not addressed in the business plan/programme of activity. Where appointed to perform the UCITS business plan/AIFMD programme of activity functions, KB Associates acts as an asset manager’s operations and compliance partner in Ireland. Examples of such support include overseeing the Value Added Tax (“VAT”) registration process, determination of VAT recovery rate, reviewing compliance with the Irish Funds Corporate Governance requirements, maintaining a comprehensive fund compliance calendar, and acting as fund System Administrator for Central Bank of Ireland reporting.
Irish domiciled funds must appoint two Irish resident directors. KB Associates provides directors with expertise in risk, investment management, finance, operations and compliance. A brochure outlining the director services offered by KB Associates can be found here.
KB Associates assists asset managers with the implementation of their fund distribution strategies. KB Associates has in-depth expertise in this area and provides advice on distribution trends and share class design. KB Associates also advises on the appointment of distribution partners in many markets.
KB Associates provides a fund registration service to assist clients with the marketing of UCITS and AIFMD compliant funds on a cross-border basis. This service includes:
- Managing the initial registration of funds
- Maintaining the registration status on an ongoing basis
- Monitoring the registration jurisdictions for changes to local regulations
A brochure outlining the KB Associates fund registration service can be found here
KB Associates offers specialist MLRO services to funds, it operates a dedicated three person MLRO team. This service operates independently of a regulated fund’s administrator/transfer agent. The MLRO monitors the administrator’s AML procedures, carries out on-site inspections, reviews the AML documentation on file, reports to the Board of the fund and provides AML training. A brochure outlining the KB Associates MLRO service can be found here.
Irish Company Law requires every company to have a company secretary. KB Associates provides a dedicated corporate secretary service to investment companies and management companies, both UCITS and AIFs. A brochure outlining the KB Associates company secretary service can be found here.
KB Associates provides quarterly management accounting, financial statement production, financial control, budgeting and capital monitoring services to proprietary management companies.
KB Associates provides a risk management service to both UCITS and AIFs enabling such funds to comply with UCITS and AIFMD regulations. KB Associates’ risk management service includes the performance of detailed on-site reviews of the risk management processes employed by funds’ investment managers, the determination of the risk profile and appetite of each fund, the setting of risk limits for each fund, and the implementation of procedures to ensure that all applicable risks pertaining to each fund can be identified and monitored. A brochure outlining the KB Associates risk management service to AIFs can be found here. Similar services including the development and maintaining of a fund risk framework are provided to UCITS.