The European Long-Term Investment Fund (ELTIF) Regulation came into force on 8th June 2015. This new regulation, applicable in all EU Member States as of 9th December 2015, aims to promote long-term investment in the ‘real economy’ and is part of the European Commission’s Action Plan for building a Capital Markets Union.
ELTIFs funds are a category of EU-domiciled alternative investment fund (AIF) and comply with AIFMD requirements, such as the mandatory appointment of a depositary. They benefit from a European passport and label.
A first proposal to revise the ELTIF Regulation was unveiled by the Commission on 25 November 2021. The Commission's objective is to promote these funds by facilitating retail investors' access to them, extending the scope of assets eligible for these funds and facilitating investors' entry and exit conditions.
Eligible assets - at least 70% of investments must be composed of non-listed companies, direct holdings of real assets with a value of over EUR 10 million, units of other ELTIFs, European Venture Capital Funds, real estate funds. Assets eligible under UCITS IV can account for no more than 30% of the holdings. ELTIF must be managed by a licensed AIFM.
Funds have a lock-up period, during which redemptions are not permitted. Full redemption is only possible after this period, however, there are special rules for private investors.
Funds can be marketed to retail and institutional investors.
> EU Regulation 2015/760 on European Long-Term Investment Funds
Challenges and opportunities for AIF funds
- Compulsory use of a Depositary
- Investment stability
- Stringent regulatory ratios
- Transparency requirements
- Regulatory reporting
- European cross-border distribution
CACEIS helps fund managers comply with and take full advantage of the ELTIF regulations
- Depositary and custody related services
- Fund structuring and cross-border fund distribution support
- Prospectus and KIID outsourcing services
- Execution and clearing services
- Middle and Back Office outsourcing
- Reporting services (AIFMD, risk and performance measurement, Solvency II, trade repositories, FATCA, AEOI)
26 JUNE 2013
European Commission's ELTIF regulation proposal established
17 APRIL 2014
ELTIF regulation voted in the European Parliament plenary session
20 APRIL 2015
ELTIF regulation adopted by the Council
29 APRIL 2015
ELTIF regulation published in the Official Journal of the EU
8 JUNE 2015
ELTIF regulation came into force
30 JULY 2015
ESMA consultation for the draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) launched
22 OCTOBER 2015
ESMA consultation on loans to ELTIF funds launched
9 DECEMBER 2015
Date of application of the ELTIF Regulation
8 JUNE 2016
Publication of ESMA's response to the draft RTS
6 DECEMBER 2017
European Commission publishes the final version of the Delegated Regulation on ELTIFs
19 October 2020
Launch of the European Commission consultation on the recast of the ELTIF Regulation (closing date 1 February 2021)
25 November 2021
Publication by the Commission of a proposal to revise the ELTIF Regulation
11 January 2023
Agreement on a compromise text between the European institutions for the revision of the ELTIF Regulation
15 February 2023
Adoption of the revised Regulation (ELTIF 2.0) by the European Parliament