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AIMA sets out blueprint for Hong Kong to retain its status as a leading global financial centre

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The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), in collaboration with PwC Hong Kong, has issued a new report that sets out AIMA’s vision for Hong Kong to retain its status as a leading global financial centre, including prospects for its alternative investment sector.

The Alternatives in Hong Kong – Building on the city’s strengths report provides an overview of the many opportunities that Hong Kong can offer the financial services industry, including a range of areas where the territory can grow over the short, medium, and long term.

Despite the challenges facing the city, AIMA, as the global representative of the alternative investment industry, encourages continued dialogue between policymakers, regulators, asset managers, investors, and service providers to support the long-term growth of the alternative investment sector in Hong Kong. All stakeholders need to work together to secure Hong Kong’s future as a leading global financial centre, the report argues.

To this end, the report expounds upon six pillars it identifies as critical to the continued growth of Hong Kong’s alternative investment sector: Rule of law; Tax system; Regulatory environment; Talent pool; Capital markets; and Proximity to Mainland China.

The alternative investment industry has experienced outstanding growth in Hong Kong. The city manages the lion’s share of alternative assets within Asia Pacific, with more than 740 alternative asset managers having established offices there. The city is also home to more than half of the major hedge funds located in Asia Pacific. However, Hong Kong lags the New York metropolitan area2 and London in terms of assets under management (AUM).

Hong Kong is unquestionably facing some of its biggest challenges to date. Some of these challenges are pandemic induced and represent major issues that Hong Kong is slowly but surely working its way through. However, against increasing competition and global challenges, including the pandemic, more must be done to maintain the city’s competitive advantages to build an even brighter and more resilient future.

Looking beyond the pandemic, the report argues that Hong Kong needs to leverage its unique position as a bridge to both global markets and Mainland China, as well as its other strengths, such as transparent regulation, deep capital markets, judicial independence and simple taxation. Policymakers, regulators and market participants need to work together to support the growth of the sector, to make alternatives more accessible and to strengthen Hong Kong’s position as a hub for alternative asset managers and investors in Asia Pacific and globally.

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