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Laurent Fessmann is the managing partner of Baker McKenzie's Luxembourg office and a member of the Firm's Global Funds Steering Committee. He started his career in 1996 as in-house counsel in a French CAC40-listed company where he worked intensively on LBO transactions, capital markets and corporate law matters. Mr. Fessmann joined a top 10 Luxembourg business law firm where he became a partner prior to founding his own law firm in 2009. He is a recognized professional in Legal 500 and Chambers. He takes part in several working groups at local market industry associations like ALFI, ABBL, LPEA and the Association of Global Custodians and is also a regulator at fund conferences such as ALFI, IBCI and regularly invited to speak on internal or bank seminars.

On 31 January 2022, the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier issued a new Circular CSSF 22/795, to confirm in its capacity as competent authority, that it would apply the ESMA guidelines on marketing communications under Regulation (EU) 2019/1156, published on 2 August 2021. As a result, all Luxembourg investment fund managers that are in the scope of application of this Circular shall duly comply with the Guidelines, applicable from 2 February 2022.

On 22 December 2021, the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF) published three circulars to improve the risk-based supervision of the CSSF, both for anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) and prudential purposes. Circular 21/788 introduces a mandatory external AML/CFT audit for IFMs while Circular 21/789 and Circular 21/790 introduce new reporting requirements for (i) all authorized IFMs, SIAGs and FIAAGs and (ii) UCITS and UCIs subject to part II of the UCI Law, and SIFs and SICARs respectively.

The coronavirus pandemic has created a series of unprecedented challenges for fund sponsors and general partners (collectively, GPs) of closed-ended private funds in relation to the capital raising and operation of their funds. This article analyses some of the key issues for GPs to consider in these turbulent times. Further…