Laven launches UK-based IM platform

Originally published on 31 May 2016

Addressing the needs of start–up managers who are facing the increasing delays of FCA authorisation approvals, Laven Advisors, the regulated subsidiary of Laven Partners, has announced the launch of its new platform whereby UK-based investment managers will be able to conduct investment management activities under the MiFID-regulated umbrella.

The platform comes as a natural product development to the existing “Appointed Representative” service offered by Laven, which has been FCA regulated since 2005 and hosting clients conducting distribution and advisory activity in the UK.

Main Benefits

  • Client are able to manage their managed accounts and investment funds without the need to be directly regulated by the FCA.
  • Onboarding process lasts only a few weeks, compared to the FCA approval process, which lately tends to take as long as 8 months.

Who is it for?

  • Start-up managers, waiting for their FCA approval, who can start operating almost instantaneously through the platform.
  • Non-EU asset managers wishing to establish a presence in the UK.
  • Clients of AIFM or UCITS platforms who can get the investment management status under the umbrella in order to benefit from the delegation arrangements of these platforms.

Jerome Lussan, CEO of Laven Partners group, commented: “We have been adding this service as an answer to the market demand. The long FCA approvals process is causing barriers to entry for emerging managers, when our solution contributes to further develop the asset management industry in London, thanks to a streamlined and efficient onboarding process which lasts only a few weeks. With this offering, we are glad to further address yet another regulatory challenge and deliver a turnkey operational solution to entrepreneurs starting on a new business opportunity.”