UK Regulator Proposes Extending Long-Term Asset Fund to Certain Retail Investors08/01/2022Following the introduction of a regulatory framework for a new type of authorized open-ended fund called the long-term asset fund, the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority has opened a consultation on extending the LTAF to more retail investors. The LTAF enables investors to invest in long term illiquid assets through an authorized fund vehicle. The LTAF may currently only be marketed to professional investors, certified and self-certified sophisticated investors, and certified high net worth individuals. The FCA is proposing to categorize the LTAF as a Restricted Mass Market Investment as per its recent Policy Statement on revising the financial promotion rules for high-risk investments. Opening the LTAF to more retail investors would be accompanied by additional investor protections rules, such as those that apply to other retail authorized funds. Responses to the consultation may be submitted by October 10, 2022. The FCA intends to publish a policy statement and final rules early in 2023.
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