POSTED ONNovember 07, 2014BY Troy Bankhead
The first AIFMD reporting deadline was on October 31, and we were there, with our clients, to celebrate 100% on-time filing. We are honoured that our clients--representing in total more than 2,000 AIFs--entrusted us with the regulatory reporting obligations of their first registered Alternative Investment Funds.
"The more you automate, the more secure the process is and the less error-prone. Clients can therefore significantly reduce time, resources and capital committed to fulfilling their regulatory obligations, and fully focus on their core business and on what brings value for their businesses and investors”, comments Stephanie Noel, Head of Operations at KNEIP.
The data mapping in AIFMD reporting is extremely complex and can take months of preparation and weeks to execute. For example: one of our clients is using 25 different data sources, to send 150 data files to feed into 528 different staging table fields in more than 20 tables. Our team of experts reconciled the data and integrated them into our AIFMD platform. After this one-off exercise, production and filing is fully automated.
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Under the new rules of transparency reporting, AIF managers are required to regularly collect and report on 302 pieces of data. Through our experience, we have learned that the optimum integration time is 90 days. However automation and a dedicated team of regulatory integration experts has enabled KNEIP to cut this time down, accelerating the integration process.
"With over 10,000 reports to be produced annually, we are already preparing for the next reporting deadline in January. Our clients have very diverse types of funds and fund structures. Having technology powerful enough to handle this diversity is essential for both Administrators and Fund Managers who are responsible for ensuring their compliance”, highlights Renaud Oury, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at KNEIP.
Asking oneself if the increasingly challenging regulations are necessary isn't the right question. The real question is: how can I leverage regulatory expertise and technology to meet my compliance needs?