Niels Oostenbrug By Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:
Delegates at the Opalesque Netherlands Roundtable, sponsored by Eurex and Taussig Capital, discussed the Dutch investment sector.
"We can distinguish three groups in the Dutch institutional investor community" said Niels Oostenbrug, Head of Alternative Investments at MN Services. "We have
institutions that have always felt very comfortable with their hedge fund investments and that
continue to do so. There are institutions that have never felt comfortable and that probably will
never invest in hedge funds. And we have a third group of institutions, and this is probably the
largest, that is interested in hedge funds and alternative investments, but that wants to increase the
control and understanding of their portfolios."
Patrick van de Laar, COO/CFO of SAEMOR Capital said: "I believe the Netherlands is an excellent place to start and to operate alternative
funds. We have got the talent, the right tax and legal environment, but the rest of the world doesnt
know it... It appears to be a discussion item when talking to foreign investors. Fund structures in
Europe consolidate in two forms; Luxembourg SICAVs or Irish CIFs. The Dutch fund structure of an
FGR is efficient, but requires ......................
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