Bringing managers and investors together to set standards for the alternative investment industry


The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) is a European Union law on the financial regulation of alternative investment fund managers, including managers of hedge funds, private equity and real estate funds. It came into force in 2011 and aims to provide for an internal market for AIFMs and addresses issues in relation to investor protection and systemic risk. The SBAI has actively engaged with European authorities during the development of the Directive. Certain sections of the Directive (including risk management, investor disclosure) have been based on the Hedge Fund Standards which were published in 2008.

European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) ESMA consults on guidance to address leverage risk in the AIF sector



UK Financial Services Authority (FSA)*
European Parliament
  • Text adopted by the European Parliament (11/2010)
European Commission
European Central Bank
  • European Central Bank (ECB) Opinion on the AIFM Directive

*FSA is now Financial Conduct Authority