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The AIFM Directive introduces harmonized rules for managers of alternative investment funds that are sold to EU investors. The Madoff fraud, the Lehman experience (impacting hedge funds) and the political desire to create more transparency around hedge funds and private equity funds were immediate catalysts for this new directive. This paper outlines the Directive, examines the impact on the fund value chain and the deepening manager - service provider relationship, reviews the increased depositary duties and liabilities as well as the new hedge fund - prime broker depositary models.
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