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Onshore Versions of Hedge Funds

Onshore Versions of Hedge Funds

Hedge Funds Planning to Launch Onshore Versions

We've been reporting on the changes to the European hedge fund industry and the latest development comes from Hedge Fund Intelligence which reports that over half of European hedge funds are planning to set up regulated onshore versions of their strategies or have already established these onshore funds.  In a survey of 650 houses, one fifth of European hedge fund managers have launched or are in the process of starting a Ucits III mutual fund and another third are thinking about opening one.
A series of high-profile managers, such as Brevan Howard, Man Group and Marshall Wace have unveiled Ucits funds since 2007, allowing them to raise funds from small investors and institutions that prefer the relative safety of regulated vehicles. Industry sources suggest about 100 such vehicles have been launched to date.

“Considering the flexibility Ucits III offers, we’re forecasting that [this] trend will continue,” said Damian Alexander of HFI. Of the Ucits hedge funds HFI is aware of, a third are long/short equity funds, one-sixth equity market neutral or quantitative and 11 per cent managed futures.  Source

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