Alternative Ucits 2011

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Articles

Eric Bertrand, director, Schroder GAIA

Management talent and distribution key to alternative Ucits success

By James Williams – The alternatives industry is today experiencing a paradigm shift. Long the preserve of ultra wealthy individuals and family offices, hedge funds are undergoing a cloning exercise, with managers offering onshore vehicles to appeal to a wider investor base. »


Olivier Sciales, founding partner, Chevalier & Sciales

Are Ucits funds the right strategy for alternative managers?

By Olivier Sciales (pictured) and Rémi Chevalier – Continued uncertainty regarding the provisions of the European Union’s Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, despite its formal finalisation on June 8, remains an important growth driver for the growth of Ucits funds offering alternative strategies. With the drafting of Level 2 measures to implement the directive in detail still months away at best, the lack of clarity is strengthening the appeal of Ucits to institutions as regulated vehicles. »


Chris Hawkins, Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, Gottex Absolute Return (Ucits) Funds

Investor complacency creeping into Ucits space

Funds of Ucits hedge funds are a recent product development: the Gottex Absolute Return Fund, a multi-strategy product, launched 7 July 2010. As such, few have had the chance to produce eye-popping returns because in the time they’ve existed, the markets have been sluggish. “I think when equity markets improve you’ll find returns starting to pick up and investor interest will grow,” says Chris Hawkins, Managing Director and Portfolio Manager of Gottex Absolute Return (Ucits) Funds. »


Olivier Laurent, head of hedge & structured fund group, RBC Dexia

Alternative Ucits prosper but will QIFs and SIFs spoil the party?

By James Williams – The last twelve months have done a lot to consolidate peoples’ views of alternative Ucits. Fund managers have started to wake up to the obvious benefits of having an onshore vehicle and the value that the Ucits structure can bring. »


Cyril Delamare, CEO and head of global distribution, ML Capital

Distribution at the heart of MontLake platform

Come September, ML Capital’s dedicated Ucits platform, MontLake, is on target to have four funds operating on it, in what is so far turning out to be a good year for the Malta-headquartered firm. It was announced this month that Skyline Capital Management will launch a global l/s emerging market Ucits and follows the earlier announcements of DUNN Capital Management and New York event-driven manager, Para Advisors. »


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