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30.09.2016
EU passport for Liechtenstein Alternativ Investment Fund (AIF) and Alternativ Investment Fund Manager (AIFM)

According to an information from the Liechtenstein government, the joint EEA Committee has decided to integrate the so-called AIFM Directive into the EEA treaty. Via the passporting system and from 1 October 2016 onwards, Liechtenstein AIF and AIFM will consequently have access to the EEA internal market being composed of 28 EU states and of the EEA/EFTA states Norway and Iceland.

The LAFV welcomes the integration of the AIFM Directive into the EEA treaty. The distribution of Liechtenstein Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS) within the European internal market had already been possible. Now, the same will apply to the AIF sector.

This integration provides Liechtenstein with the same market access possibilities as the EU member states. The country will now definitely be an ideal gateway into the European market due to specific advantages for financial institutions from non-EEA states and its strong focus on cross-border activities in the fund sector.