EU Regulatory Updates

Author: Clerkin Lynch LLP

Date Published 18/11/2021

ESMA publishes second report on sanctions under AIFMD

On 20th July ESMA published its second annual report on the use by National Competent Authorities (NCAs) of sanctions under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD). The report contains an overview of the applicable legal framework and information on the penalties and measures imposed by NCAs from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020.

In 2020 17 NCAs imposed a total of 131 penalties and/or measures, compared with 87 sanctions issued in 2019, and the total amount of financial penalties decreased to €3.3M, from €9M in 2019. 13 NCAs did not impose any sanction during this period.

NCAs submit data on the use of sanctions to ESMA, which forms the basis of the annual aggregated report. A small number of NCAs are responsible for a majority of sanctions, and in general the numbers on a national level appear low.

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