Alternative Investment Management Association Representing the global hedge fund industry
In February 2010, the FSA published rules allowing FAIFs, as a new type of collective investment scheme, to be marketed and distributed to retail investors in the UK and HM Treasury also published tax regulations, both to come into force on 6 March 2010.
AIMA noted that such new regime was limited primarily to AIFs which invest wholly (or almost wholly) in non-reporting funds and to AIFs with tax-exempt investors only. AIMA submitted comments to HMRC December 2010 on proposed changes to the regulations, intended to permit AIFs with holdings in non-reporting offshore funds to treat those holdings as if they were holdings in reporting funds, in certain circumstances. For AIMA managers of non-reporting funds, this created a potentially new distribution opportunity.
Regulations which subsequently came into force in March 2011 are intended to ensure that the tax rules fit commercial practice and better align the competitive position of AIFs with offshore funds by:
By treating a holding in a non-reporting offshore fund as if it were a reporting offshore fund for the purposes of making distributions, an AIF will not be subject to Corporation Tax on any gains that it realises on disposal of its holding. This will result in similar tax treatment of UK investors in AIFs to that of UK investors directly invested in offshore reporting funds holding interests in non-reporting offshore funds.
FSA Policy Statement - Funds of Alternative Investment Funds (February 2010)