AIMA welcomes UK FCA experienced regulatory specialist to regulatory team

Published: 06 September 2022

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AIMA welcomes UK FCA experienced regulatory specialist to regulatory team

  • James Hopegood’s initial work includes assessing the economic strategy of newly-elected Prime Minister Liz Truss, and how AIMA can contribute positively on behalf of our members
  • Hopegood has spent the past 16 years at the FCA where he was most recently a technical specialist in its International Division focusing on global asset management issues.

The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global representative of the alternative investment industry, is pleased to announce the appointment of a highly experienced regulatory specialist from the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to its Government and Regulatory Affairs (GRA) team in London.

James Hopegood’s brief at AIMA will include prudential regulation, anti-money laundering, remuneration and financial stability and leverage rules.

He will also assess the UK government’s economic strategy, under newly elected Prime Minster Liz Truss, including the Financial Services and Markets Bill, which is currently before Parliament, and the Future Regulatory Framework.

Hopegood has spent the past 16 years at the FCA where he was most recently a technical specialist in its International Division focusing on global asset management issues.

Among other duties, he was the FCA’s representative on IOSCO’s Committee on Investment Management from 2016 to 2022.

Before joining the FSA/FCA he was a personal finance journalist. Hopegood has a degree in European history from the University of East Anglia.

AIMA CEO Jack Inglis said: “It’s a pleasure to welcome James to AIMA to add his wealth of regulatory knowledge to our global team of experts. His addition to the team will further deepen our already substantial bench of talent with regards to our regulatory activity in the EU and UK, on behalf of our members. Moreover, his intimate understanding of the policymaking process across several key regulatory bodies – including nearly two decades at the FCA – will be an invaluable addition to our advocacy work on behalf of our members.

About AIMA

The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) is the global representative of the alternative investment industry, with around 2,100 corporate members in over 60 countries. AIMA’s fund manager members collectively manage more than US$2.5tn in hedge fund and private credit assets. AIMA draws upon the expertise and diversity of its membership to provide leadership in industry initiatives such as advocacy, policy and regulatory engagement, educational programmes and sound practice guides. AIMA works to raise media and public awareness of the value of the industry. For more details go to www.aima.org