With the alternative UCITS market steadily growing to USD129bn in assets under management, read how asset managers are structuring and distributing their product lines to institutional investors and wealth managers in various markets
The 'Alternative UCITS 2012' special report comprises six separate articles listed below, these can be read individually or as a sequence.
By James Williams – It has been an encouraging first six months of 2012 for the alternative UCITS market. A couple of years ago total assets in these products were around EUR80billion. Now, according to Alix Capital, a Geneva-based firm whose UCITS Alternative Index Global tracks performance – and fund inflows – total assets in this space have grown to EUR129billion.
Interview with Rhodri Mason, Head of UCITS Management at Man Group – What are some of the benefits of QIFs that managers should be aware of?
Interview with Daniel Haefele of ACOLIN Fund Services in Zurich – Why should fund managers in the UK consider Switzerland?
Interview with Andrea Cattaneo (pictured) and Margaret Harwood-Jones at BNP Paribas Securities Services – A recent survey released this April by BNP Paribas Securities Services in conjunction with consultancy group Knadel found that the three key Asian markets – Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan – met or exceeded the expectations of 75 per cent of European asset managers currently distributing UCITS funds there.
By James Williams – One thing above all else is guaranteed when discussing developments in the alternative UCITS space: it polarises opinion. Much like the wider financial markets, where people argue their case with equal validity as to the likelihood of a sustained recovery or further descent into the abyss, the regulated alternatives market is much the same.
By Olivier Sciales – The European Union’s Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive is finally on the way to become law next July, at least in Luxembourg and other EU countries with ambitions to attract a larger share of the continent’s alternative investment business. However, the grand duchy is already benefiting for the preference among some hedge fund managers for a regulated structure that is already in place and benefits not only from free distribution throughout Europe but widespread acceptance elsewhere in the world – UCITS.