European Venture Capital Funds (EuVECA) Regulation
European Venture Capital Funds (EuVECA) Regulation

The following Financial Services practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • European Venture Capital Funds (EuVECA) Regulation
  • The EuVECA regulatory framework
  • EuVECAs—what are they and why were they introduced?
  • The EuVECA marketing passport
  • Who may utilise EuVECA?
  • What is a qualifying venture capital fund?
  • What is a qualifying investment?
  • What is a qualifying portfolio undertaking?
  • EuVECA investors
  • Registering as a EuVECA manager and registering a EuVECA with the FCA
  • More...

BREXIT: As of exit day (31 January 2020), the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this Practice Note. For further guidance on the impact of Brexit on EuVECAs, see Practice Notes: 10 key steps asset managers and investment funds should be taking to prepare for the end of the Brexit transition period and Impact of Brexit: AIFMD—quick guide.

The EuVECA regulatory framework

This Practice Note provides an overview of the European Venture Capital Funds Regulation (EU) 345/2013 (the EuVECA Regulation) as amended by Regulation (EU) 2017/1991. The EuVECA Regulation is a specialist alternative investment fund (AIF) regime available to alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs) under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (2011/61/EU) (AIFMD). AIFMs managing qualifying venture capital funds can elect to use the ‘EuVECA’ designation for these funds to market them to professional—and certain high net-worth investors throughout the EU under the EuVECA marketing passport.

The EuVECA Regulation was introduced alongside Regulation (EU) 346/2013 on European social entrepreneurship funds (the EuSEF Regulation). The EuSEF Regulation, as amended, is beyond the scope of this Practice Note, but is covered in Practice Note: European Social Entrepreneurship Funds (EuSEF) Regulation.

On 1 March 2018, Regulation (EU) 2017/1991 amending the

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