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August 31st 2010

Hedgeweek Special Report - Fund Regulation and Ucits III 2010

Derek Adler

In the wake of the financial turbulence of the past three years, authorities around the world are tightening regulation on the industry, and not least alternative asset managers. The Dodd-Frank Act has already been signed into law in the US, while the endgame is approaching for the European Union’s proposed Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive.

The fate of non-EU-based funds and managers hangs in the balance. Partly in response to the uncertainty over the AIFM Directive, partly to meet investor demand for higher levels of regulation, transparency and liquidity, traditional and alternative fund managers alike have seized on the established Ucits retail fund regime as a vehicle that can accommodate hedge fund strategies. But can ‘Newcits’ deliver returns at least comparable with offshore funds? Could blow-ups of alternative Ucits damage the brand not only in Europe but other parts of the world where it is accepted and trusted?

Hedgeweek have just released their Special Report on Fund Regulation and Ucits III 2010, where they've contacted a number of people within the industry including myself to comment and debate the subject. You can read their full report by clicking here.

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