Directive 2011/61/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 June 2011 on Alternative Investment Fund Managers (AIFMD) defines the notification procedure for the marketing to professional investors of units or shares of EU AIFs in the home Member State of the AIFM.

Of note is that this notification procedure does not apply to Luxembourg AIFMs which intend to market AIFs that they manage to professional investors in Luxembourg, where these AIFs are subject to authorisation and prudential supervision by the CSSF.

Marketing in Luxembourg of units or shares of EU AIFs by AIF managers established in Luxembourg (Article 29 of the AIFM Law)

Notification file to send to the CSSF

According to Article 29 of the Law of 12 July 2013 on alternative investment fund managers (“AIFM Law”), which transposed into Luxembourg law the provisions of Article 31 of the AIFMD, a Luxembourg based AIFM which intends to market to professional investors in Luxembourg the units or shares of an AIF which is managed by that AIFM and is established in another Member State, must submit a notification file to the CSSF. The notification file shall comprise the following information as set out in Annex III of the AIFM Law:

  1. a notification letter, including a programme of operations identifying the AIFs the AIFM intends to market and information on where the AIFs are established;
  2. the AIF rules or instruments of incorporation;
  3. identification of the depositary of the AIF;
  4. a description of, or any information on, the AIF available to investors;
  5. information on where the master AIF is established if the AIF is a feeder AIF;
  6. any additional information referred to in Article 21(1) of the AIFM Law for each AIF the AIFM intends to market;
  7. where relevant, information on the arrangements established to prevent units or shares of the AIF from being marketed to retail investors, including in the case where the AIFM relies on activities of independent entities to provide investment services in respect of the AIF.

In summary, the information required by point 6. consists of the investment strategy, details on all service providers, delegations, valuation procedure, liquidity risk management, fee structure, demonstration of how fair treatment of investors is ensured, the latest annual report of the AIF, the procedure for the issue and sale of units or shares, the latest Net Asset Value of the AIF, the historical performance of the AIF and details of prime broker arrangements.

For the exact details of the information required by the CSSF, the Luxembourg AIFM is requested to refer to Article 21(1) of the AIFM Law.

Except for points 2. and 6. above which shall be appended as separate documents, the aforementioned information shall be provided in the notification letter.

The notification file must be sent to the CSSF using the e-mail address: luaifm31@cssf.lu

Within 20 working days following receipt of a complete notification file, the CSSF shall inform the AIFM whether it may start marketing the AIF identified in the notification file. The CSSF shall prevent the marketing of the AIF only if the AIFM’s management of the AIF does not or will not comply with the AIFM Law or the AIFM otherwise does not or will not comply with the AIFM Law. In the case of a positive decision, the AIFM may start marketing the AIF in Luxembourg from the date of the CSSF’s notification to that effect.

The CSSF shall also inform the competent authorities of the AIF, that the AIFM may start marketing units or shares of the AIF in Luxembourg.

Change in the information contained in the original notification file

According to Article 29(4) of the AIFM Law, in the event of a material change in the information contained in its original notification file, a Luxembourg based AIFM shall provide written notice of this change to the CSSF by re-submitting a marked-up version of the original notification file indicating the proposed changes.

All material changes must be notified to the CSSF at least 1 month before implementing the change as regards any changes planned by the AIFM, or immediately after an unplanned change has occurred.

Changes to the notification file must be sent to the CSSF using the e-mail address: luaifm31up@cssf.lu

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Marketing in other Member States of units or shares of EU AIFs by AIF managers established in Luxembourg (Article 30 of the AIFM Law)

Notification file to send to the CSSF

According to Article 30 of the AIFM Law, which, together with Article 31, transposed into Luxembourg law the provisions of Article 32 of the AIFMD, a Luxembourg based AIFM which intends to market to professional investors in other Member States the units or shares of an EU AIF which is managed by that AIFM, must submit a notification file to the CSSF. The notification file shall comprise the following information as set out in Annex IV of the AIFM Law:

  1. a notification letter, including a programme of operations identifying the AIFs the AIFM intends to market and information on where the AIFs are established;
  2. the AIF rules or instruments of incorporation;
  3. identification of the depositary of the AIF;
  4. a description of, or any information on, the AIF available to investors;
  5. information on where the master AIF is established if the AIF is a feeder AIF;
  6. any additional information referred to in Article 21(1) for each AIF the AIFM intends to market; (g) the indication of the Member State in which it intends to market the units or shares of the AIF to professional investors;
  7. information about arrangements made for the marketing of AIFs and, where relevant, information on the arrangements established to prevent units or shares of the AIF from being marketed to retail investors, including in the case where the AIFM relies on activities of independent entities to provide investment services in respect of the AIF.

In summary, the information required by point 6. consists of the investment strategy, details on all service providers, coverage of professional liability risks, delegation of management functions, valuation procedure, liquidity risk management, fee structure, demonstration of how fair treatment of investors is ensured, the latest annual report of the AIF, the procedure for the issue and sale of units or shares, the latest Net Asset Value of the AIF, the historical performance of the AIF and details of prime broker arrangements.

For the exact details of the information required by the CSSF, the Luxembourg AIFM is requested to refer to Article 21(1) of the AIFM law.

Except for points 2. and 6. above which shall be appended as separate documents, the aforementioned information shall be provided in the notification letter.

The notification file must be sent to the CSSF using the e-mail address: luaifm32@cssf.lu

The CSSF recommends that AIFMs should consult the internet sites of the competent authorities of the host Member States on the laws, regulations and administrative provisions which are specifically relevant to the arrangements made for the marketing of EU AIFs in those host Member States.

The CSSF shall, no later than 20 working days after the date of receipt of the complete notification file, transmit the complete notification file to the competent authorities of the Member States where it is intended that the AIF be marketed. Such transmission shall occur only if the AIFM’s management of the AIF complies with and will continue to comply with the AIFM Law and if the AIFM otherwise complies with the AIFM law.

The CSSF shall enclose a statement to the effect that the AIFM concerned is authorised to manage AIFs with a particular investment strategy.

Upon transmission of the notification file, the CSSF shall directly notify the AIFM about the transmission. The AIFM may start marketing the AIF in the host Member State as of the date of that notification.

In the case where the AIF is established in another Member State, the CSSF shall also inform the competent authorities of the AIF about the Member States in which the AIFM may start marketing the units or shares of the AIF.

Change to the information contained in the original notification file

According to Article 30(7) of the AIFM Law, in the event of a material change in the information contained in its original notification file, a Luxembourg based AIFM shall provide written notice of this change to the CSSF by re-submitting a marked-up version of the original notification file indicating the proposed changes.

As stipulated in Article 30(7), all material changes must be notified to the CSSF at least 1 month before implementing the change as regards any changes planned by the AIFM, or immediately after an unplanned change has occurred.

Changes to the notification file must be sent to the CSSF using the e-mail address: luaifm32up@cssf.lu

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Marketing of non-EU AIFs managed by AIFMs established in an EU Member State to professional investors in Luxembourg (Article 37 of the AIFM Law)

Every authorised EU AIFM which intends to market non-EU AIFs to professional investors in Luxembourg must send an Information Form to the CSSF using the email address aifm@cssf.lu.

This applies to any non-EU AIF managed by the AIFM and any EU feeder AIF whose master AIF is not an EU AIF, or whose master AIF is not managed by an authorised EU AIFM.

The AIFM must submit the Information Form to the CSSF before starting its marketing activity in Luxembourg.

Documented evidence of fees levied by the CSSF

The CSSF will send an invoice to the applicant after receipt of the notification file. The various taxes levied by the CSSF to cover the handling costs of the notification and the registration costs of an AIF for marketing its units/shares in Luxembourg are laid down in detail in the Grand-ducal Regulation of 21 December 2017 relating to the fees to be levied by the CSSF. The applicable fees can be found below pertaining to the initial notification and annual fees for an AIF.

UCIs under foreign law

  1. Examination fees

A single lump sum for each UCITS under an EU Member State’s law marketing its units/shares in Luxembourg, when the CSSF receives the documents referred to in Article 60(1) of the Law of 17 December 2010 from the competent authorities of the UCITS’ home Member State, for the examination of each authorisation request by a foreign undertaking for collective investment referred to in Article 100(1) of the above-mentioned law (“foreign UCI within the meaning of Article 100(1)”) as well as for the marketing in Luxembourg of each alternative investment fund under foreign law referred to in Article 100(2) of this law (“foreign AIF within the meaning of Article 100(2)”) according to the amount indicated in the table below:

Examination fee
Traditional UCITS under EU law, or traditional foreign UCIs within the meaning of Article 100(1), or traditional foreign AIF within the meaning of Article 100(2) EUR 2,650 euros
Umbrella UCITS under EU law, or foreign umbrella AIFs within the meaning of Article 100(2) 5,000 euros
  1. Annual lump sums

An annual lump sum to be paid by each UCITS under EU Member State law, to be paid by each foreign UCI within the meaning of Article 100(1) of the Law of 17 December 2010 and to be paid by each foreign AIF within the meaning of Article 100(2) of that law according to the amount indicated in the table below:

Annual lump sum
Traditional UCITS under EU law, or traditional foreign AIFs within the meaning of Article 100(2) 2,650 euros
Umbrella UCITS under EU Member State law, or foreign umbrella UCIs within the meaning of Article 100(1), or foreign AIFs within the meaning of Article 100(2) 5,000 euros

Disclaimer: The full annual fee levied by the CSSF is still required to be paid even if an AIF was registered or deregistered during the course of a calendar year. A pro rata temporis rate is not applicable in this case, even if the AIF fund does not have access to the Luxembourgish market for the entire year.

Deregistration of an AIF marketing units/shares in Luxembourg

If an AIFM intends to cease the marketing of its AIF/sub-fund in Luxembourg and deregister the AIF/sub-fund, it must inform the CSSF whether Luxembourgish investors are still invested in the fund/sub-fund.

Any correspondence in relation to the deregistration of an AIF/sub-fund in Luxembourg should be sent to the following e-mail address: aifm@cssf.lu

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Marketing of AIFs managed by a non-EU AIFM to professional investors in Luxembourg (Article 45 of the AIFM Law)

Every non-EU AIFM, which intends to market shares or units of the AIF(s) it manages to professional investors in Luxembourg must send an Information Form to the CSSF, using email address aifm@cssf.lu.

This applies irrespective of the nationality of the relevant AIF(s) (Luxembourg, EU or non-EU), or whether the AIF(s) is/are regulated or not in the country it is/they are established.

The AIFM must send the Information Form to the CSSF before starting its marketing activity in Luxembourg.

Documented evidence of fees levied by the CSSF

The CSSF will send an invoice to the applicant after receipt of the notification file. The various taxes levied by the CSSF to cover the handling costs of the notification and the registration costs of an AIF for marketing its units/shares in Luxembourg are laid down in detail in the Grand-ducal Regulation of 21 December 2017 relating to the fees to be levied by the CSSF. The applicable fees can be found below pertaining to the initial notification and annual fees for an AIF.

UCIs under foreign law

  1. Examination fees

A single lump sum for each UCITS under an EU Member State’s law marketing its units/shares in Luxembourg, when the CSSF receives the documents referred to in Article 60(1) of the Law of 17 December 2010 from the competent authorities of the UCITS’ home Member State, for the examination of each authorisation request by a foreign undertaking for collective investment referred to in Article 100(1) of the above-mentioned law (“foreign UCI within the meaning of Article 100(1)”) as well as for the marketing in Luxembourg of each alternative investment fund under foreign law referred to in Article 100(2) of this law (“foreign AIF within the meaning of Article 100(2)”) according to the amount indicated in the table below:

Examination fee
Traditional UCITS under EU law, or traditional foreign UCIs within the meaning of Article 100(1), or traditional foreign AIF within the meaning of Article 100(2) EUR 2,650 euros
Umbrella UCITS under EU law, or foreign umbrella AIFs within the meaning of Article 100(2) 5,000 euros
  1. Annual lump sums

An annual lump sum to be paid by each UCITS under EU Member State law, to be paid by each foreign UCI within the meaning of Article 100(1) of the Law of 17 December 2010 and to be paid by each foreign AIF within the meaning of Article 100(2) of that law according to the amount indicated in the table below:

Annual lump sum
Traditional UCITS under EU law, or traditional foreign AIFs within the meaning of Article 100(2) 2,650 euros
Umbrella UCITS under EU Member State law, or foreign umbrella UCIs within the meaning of Article 100(1), or foreign AIFs within the meaning of Article 100(2) 5,000 euros

Disclaimer: The full annual fee levied by the CSSF is still required to be paid even if an AIF was registered or deregistered during the course of a calendar year. A pro rata temporis rate is not applicable in this case, even if the AIF fund does not have access to the Luxembourgish market for the entire year.

Deregistration of an AIF marketing units/shares in Luxembourg

If an AIFM intends to cease the marketing of its AIF/sub-fund in Luxembourg and deregister the AIF/sub-fund, it must inform the CSSF whether Luxembourgish investors are still invested in the fund/sub-fund.

Any correspondence in relation to the deregistration of an AIF/sub-fund in Luxembourg should be sent to the following e-mail address: aifm@cssf.lu

Disclaimer:

A non-EU AIFM shall be required to fulfil its reporting obligations under Annex IV of the AIFMD towards the CSSF, even after sending the cessation notification, for as long as Luxembourg investors are invested in the relevant AIF in compliance with ESMA questions and answers on the application of the AIFMD (Question n° 36).The annual fees are due as long as the AIF is obliged to provide the said reporting.

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Marketing of foreign AIFs to retail investors in Luxembourg (Article 46 of the AIFM Law)

According to Article 46 of the Law of 12 July 2013 on alternative investment fund managers (Article 43 of the AIFMD), the rules for the application of Article 46 of the Law of 12 July 2013 on alternative investment fund managers for marketing of foreign alternative investment funds to retail investors in Luxembourg are laid down in CSSF Regulation N° 15-03.

Prior to marketing its units or shares to retail investors in Luxembourg, any foreign AIF must have obtained an authorisation for such marketing from the CSSF.

The Application Form or any changes to the initial Application Form must be sent to the following e-mail address: opc@cssf.lu

If an AIFM intends to cease the marketing of its AIF/sub-fund/units or shares in Luxembourg and deregister the AIF/sub-fund, it must inform the CSSF whether Luxembourgish investors are still invested in the fund/sub-fund.

Any correspondence in relation to the deregistration of an AIF/sub-fund/units or shares in Luxembourg should be sent to the following e-mail address: opc@cssf.lu

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Last update: 04 May 2020