AIFs may struggle to meet March margin deadline

Lawyers warn some AIFs may not be ready for the start of Europe's variation margin regime

Alarm bells are ringing over alternative investment funds' readiness for new margin regime

Many alternative investment funds (AIFs) are unprepared for Europe's incoming derivatives margin regime and may not be compliant in time for the March deadline, lawyers have warned.

The European Union's margining regime for non-cleared swaps is expected to begin in March 2017, which will require firms classified as financial counterparties – a category that includes a lot of AIFs – to exchange variation margin for new trades.

With the deadline now just five months away, readiness among AIFs

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