Major Financial Services Firms Step Up Efforts to Tackle Gender Gap

Major financial services firms step up efforts to tackle gender gap.
Major banks including HSBC UK, Santander, RBS and Lloyds have published ground-breaking gender strategies, committing them to ambitious targets for the number of women they employ in senior roles.

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AIFM – Overview Of The UK's Small Registered AIFM Regime

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP and Sturgeon Ventures set out an overview of the regulatory regime for a small registered UK AIFM under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive 2011/61/EU.

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The Gender Dividend

Article from Deliotte discussing the case for investing in women.

The business case for investing in women

Women may well be the dominant source of economic growth in the near future—and organizations that are able to capitalize on the roles women play as economic actors will most likely have a competitive advantage as the world pulls out of the global recession.

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Sturgeon Ventures Shortlisted by HFM Asia

We are delighted to have been recognised for our offering in this our 18th year of Sturgeon Ventures history, since the launch of our Hong Kong Solution offering known as Sturgeon Hong Kong.
Sturgeon Ventures earlier this year launched Sturgeon Hong Kong as the first Regulatory Incubator which is a JV with Lynx regulated by the Hong Kong Regulatory Authorities spanning two continents with Sturgeon’s innovative solutions.

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The Trust Issue

‘Trust is important in the good times but also in the bad because life goes in peaks and troughs and there’s going to be a point when you’re going to require that trust, and if you’ve lost it before, how do you go about demonstrating that actually you are not going to repeat history?’
John Lewis

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ESMA Advice on Extending the AIFMD Passport to Non-EU Countries

ESMA sees no significant obstacles to extending the AIFMD passport to nine key countries.
The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published advice to the European Commission, the European Parliament, and the European Council in relation to the application of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) passport to non-EU alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs) and alternative investment funds (AIFs) in 12 countries. This advice follows ESMA’s earlier advice published on 30 June 2015 on the application of the AIFMD passport to non-EU countries.

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Sturgeon Ventures Wins Multiple Awards at the 11th Annual ACQ5 Global Awards

The 11th Annual ACQ5 Global Awards 2016, have for the 3rd year running awarded Sturgeon Ventures as the Best Regulatory Hosting firm of the year alongside:

  • International Business Strategy Consultancy of the year
  • UK – Gamechanger of the year – Seonaid Mackenzie
  • Family office Wealth Advisor of the year
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Sturgeon Ventures LLP Signs up to the Women in Finance Charter

Sturgeon Ventures LLP has signed up to the Women in Finance Charter and is committed to improving gender diversity in financial services driving genuine change in the sector.
For further information on the Women in Finance Charter see  Treasury website below:
Women in Finance Charter

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The Impact of Brexit On Non-European Hedge Funds

“Good morning everyone, the country has just taken part in a giant democratic exercise, perhaps the biggest in our history…The British people have voted to leave the European Union and their will must be respected,”
David Cameron, 24th June 2016
With the Brexit referendum decided and David Cameron’s resignation announced, we look at the key impact of the referendum decision on the non-European fund industry.

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MFSA Launches new fund structure: Notified AIF’s

On 11 February 2016 the Malta Financial Services Authority (“MFSA”) announced the launch of a new fund regime for Alternative Investment Funds (“AIFs”), namely the Notified AIF will not require licensing by MFSA and will not be subject to on-going MFSA supervision. The MFSA will publish a list of Notified AIFs on their website and the new structure will begin from mid-May 2016.
The Notified AIF may be set up in any structure under Maltese law and may target professional investors who meet the requirements of the framework set out by the MFSA.
Any EU/EEA full-scope AIFMs, licensed by the MFSA or in possession of the management passport under Article 33 of the AIFMD, may request to the MFSA for an AIF to be included on the List of Notified AIFs. The timeframe of 10 business days from the date of filing a duly completed notification pack has been indicated by the MFSA for inclusion of the AIF on to the Notified AIF list. Providing that the AIFs falling within the constraints of the notification criteria are managed by a full-scope AIFM, and jointly with the governing body of the AIF will take full responsibility for the Notified AIF. Interestingly, third country AIFMs may also submit requests for a notification of an AIF if pass porting rights have been granted to the country where the AIFM has been established.
To read the full article, click the link below.
MFSA Launches new fund structure: Notified AIF’s

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Sturgeon’s Easter Message

The Easter egg is normally a symbol of new life, creativity, change and hope.  We think of our clients and community as part of the Sturgeon Family. (more…)

Shortlisted as one of three finalists for The Lifetime Achievement for Contribution to the Compliance Community at The Women in Compliance Awards

Shortlisted as one of three finalists for The Lifetime Achievement for Contribution to the Compliance Community at The Women in Compliance Awards


Agile working at Sturgeon Ventures

Sturgeon Ventures share their top tips for agile working

Sturgeon Ventures have championed agile working and remote working since their inception in 1998. Over the past couple of weeks, we haven't been holding our team meetings on a Wednesday,

Sturgeon Ventures Brexit Updates

Brexit Update w/c 23/3/20

Read on for this week's Brexit Update. (more…)

Spring’s Arrival – Good News

At a time of confusion and unprecedented situations, it’s good news to know that Spring starts earlier than usual on Friday 20th March (normally 21st March) first time in 124

Seonaid speaks at Southborough School

Seonaid speaks at Southborough High School

Seonaid spent the morning of 14th February at  Southborough High School talking to a group of Year 10 and 12 students about working in the Financial Services industry and her

The Tech Nation Report 2020 – Good news for UK Tech Sector

The Tech Nation Report 2020 has been released and is a very encouraging read for inward investment into the UK’s Tech Sector returning for its sixth year. (more…)

Ted Talks – Bill Gates Insight on a Pandemic – 2015

Interesting Ted Talk from Bill Gates in 2015, following the Ebola outbreak in 2014, how this was managed and what needs to be done for planning, vaccine research and training