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QDLP scheme for hedge funds kicks off with $5bn quota application in mainland China

Monday, March 18, 2013

Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The South China Morning Post reported that foreign hedge funds are going to be allowed to raise yuan capital from mainland China investors which can then be invested in overseas securities. The piece explains that the QDLP scheme, designed for foreign hedge funds, complements the qualified foreign limited partner system Shanghai launched in 2011. "Shanghai has started the countdown to the introduction of a "qualified domestic limited partner" (QDLP) scheme, which will allow foreign hedge funds to raise yuan capital on the mainland to make investments in overseas securities".

The city has submitted an application to the country's foreign exchange regulator for a $5bn quota, which may then be distributed to funds wishing to participate in the scheme. The paper writes that Shanghai's move comes as it faces competition from Qianhai, an experimental financial zone in Shenzhen that is being used as a testing ground for freer yuan usage and capital account convertibility. "Government officials said the application for the investment quota was in the final stage of preparatory work for the launch of the scheme, although a launch date had yet to be decided."

An official with the Pudong Financial Services Bureau said in the SCMP piece: "The QDLP programme will be launched sooner rather than late......................

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