Europe’s MPs push for hedge fund transparency

Times Online – The European Parliament will support calls tomorrow for Europe-wide legislation aimed at making the inner workings of hedge funds and private equity more transparent.

The proposals – championed by Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, the Socialist MEP and a former Danish Prime Minister – call for clear rules for these financial players, whose influence on the economic landscape is increasing.

MEPs want the European Commission to present, before the end of the year, legally binding minimum transparency rules on how investments are financed. These rules would also cover the qualifications of managers, possible conflicts of interest, registration of hedge funds and disclosure of ownership structures.

Peter Skinner, a Labour MEP and the party’s spokesman on financial services, said yesterday: “Current self-regulation attitudes are not enough to arrive at satisfactory conclusions, especially in the light of the current crisis. This is an important step to tackle current problems, including lack of transparency.”

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