On 30 November 2012 the Central Bank announced that it will begin accepting submissions of the revised Directive 2009/65/EC ("UCITS IV") compliant business plans for self-managed investment companies ("SMICs") in three separate tranches in 2013. The Central Bank will not be reviewing every business plan submitted but will be carrying out spot checks to assess compliance. The deadline for adherence by existing SMICs with UCITS IV requirements and documenting compliance in their business plans remains 1 July 2013.
Unlike UCITS management companies which were required to revise their business plans to adhere in full to the requirements of the UCITS IV by 1 July 2011, UCITS SMICs were only obliged to make certain revisions ("Level 1 UCITS IV requirements") in advance of that deadline with the remainder of the obligations in terms of their organisation, governance and compliance ("Level 2 UCITS IV requirements") to be adhered to and documented by 1 July 2013. In early 2012, the Central Bank issued a timetable whereby SMICs, depending on their date of authorisation, would be required to file their revised UCITS IV compliant business plans for review. This was to be in four stages namely by end April 2012, end July 2012, end October 2012 and end January 2013.
Due to certain concerns in the industry as to what exactly was required to be set out in the revised SMIC business plans in order to comply with Level 2 UCITS IV requirements, the Central Bank notified the industry earlier this year that it would not be accepting submissions of revised SMIC business plans until these matters were resolved and that the previous timetable was to be disregarded.
UCITS IV Requirements for SMICs
In terms of what SMICs can be expected to have to comply with under UCITS IV and document accordingly in their business plans, the Central Bank has previously clarified in a letter to the industry on 10 August 2012 the Level 2 UCITS IV Requirements applicable to SMICs and has now reiterated that both UCITS management companies and SMICs should be subject to the same basic regime under UCITS IV bearing in mind the 'nature, scale and complexity' of the SMIC.
At a high level, we can take from this that while all of the requirements of UCITS IV should apply to SMICs, on the basis that most are less complex than UCITS management companies, the implementation of the full requirements should be considered in light of the 'nature, scale and complexity' of the...