2018 – MIFID II and PRIIPS for the Fund Industry

The FCA has had a busy Christmas as the Financial Industry focused on launching many changes including MIFID II and PRIIPS for the Fund Industry.

Many firms took this change as a reason to close their UK FCA Regulated Firm and move to the EU now ahead of BREXIT or considering closing their own directly authorised firm and become an Appointed Representative of another Authorised FCA Firm.

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Success for RoboCap

Sturgeon Ventures is delighted to read of RoboCap’s success in CityWire’s recent article on “Five alternatives to the Pictet-Robotics fund”.
Jonathan Cohen, Managing Partner of Robocap LLP  [Sturgeon Ventures Designated Portfolio Manager] was, approved by the FCA within Sturgeon Ventures, on 22nd December 2015.

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Sturgeon Ventures Supports The Project Harar 2018 Surgical Mission

Sturgeon Ventures Pioneer of Regulatory Incubation Sponsors 3,000 Eggs.

Project Harar was set up to help those people, predominantly children, living in rural Ethopia affected by facial deformities, be it a cleft lip, palate, animal attack or tumour, and are unable to access medical support.

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MIFID II – Out of the Box Thinking Needed

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST UNDER MIFID II – an enhanced way of thinking… “potential conflicts” let’s help each other build a true Regulatory Ecosystem.

Conflicts of interest is an aspect that is – although necessary for investment firms’ compliance processes – often considered after the event. It is hard to remember in the heat of the action and because it is not always easy to define, it is not the first thing that a commercial team will think about.

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The FCA Regulatory Sandbox

Venture Catalysts are not just money invested, but people and time.  When Sturgeon Ventures was first born in 1998, it branded itself as a Venture Catalyst, it incubated people and companies across a number of industries; in 2000 the focus began towards financial services and the regulatory incubator was born in early 2000.

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ACQ Global Awards – Four Wins for Sturgeon Ventures

Sturgeon Ventures are delighted to announce that they have won 4 times in the ACQ Global Awards, across multiple areas.
1 Europe – Regulatory Hosting Platform of the Year
2 UK – Game Changer of the Year, Seonaid Mackenzie
3 UK – Family Office Wealth Advisor of the Year
4 International – Business Strategy Consultancy of the Year

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M&A Awards 2017 – Two Wins for Sturgeon Ventures

Sturgeon Ventures are delighted to announce they have won twice at the M&A Awards 2017.
The awards are:
1 UK Compliance Consultancy – Advice on Start-up Issues
2 UK Advisor of the Year – Seonaid Mackenzie
…”Now in it’s fifth year, the Finance Monthly M&A Awards celebrate firms and individuals across the globe who have promoted excellence in their field….”

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AI M&A 2017 – Two Awards for Sturgeon Ventures

Sturgeon Ventures wins twice at 2017’s Acquisition International Magazine’s annual awards.

1.  Best Regulatory Incubator 2017

2.  FinServ Gamechanger Innovation Award 2017

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The Growth of the EU VECA Regime the Hidden Jewel of AIFMD

Sturgeon Ventures became an EU VECA manager on 22nd December 2016, and has since launched several funds.

What is venture capital?

Venture capital investment provides early finance to start-ups and early stage companies, forming an important source of long-term financing to young and innovative companies who believe in their new creations.

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BREXIT UPDATE: ESMA ISSUES BREXIT OPINION TO EU REGULATORS 31ST MAY

June 07, 2017

The European Securities and Markets Authority foresees regulatory and arbitrage risks in Brexit and has issued an opinion as a practical tool to help achieve supervisory convergence among EU regulators—Brexit negotiations begin on June 19, and Brexit is scheduled to occur on or before March 30, 2019 unless an extension is agreed.

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