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Frankfurt’s Roundtable speakers discuss pros and cons of alternative UCITS

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

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Marcus Storr
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:

Delegates at the Opalesque Roundtable Frankfurt, sponsored by Eurex, WTS and Taussig Capital discussed the relative merits of alternative UCITS.

Marcus Storr, Head of Hedge Funds at Feri said that another factor that helps bring more alternative knowledge of hedge funds into Germany is that lots of very successful and well known offshore hedge funds have launched UCITS hedge funds. He said: "Offshore hedge fund knowledge and strategies are now distributed through UCITS into continental Europe. This is very beneficial to the German market as it provides additional hedge fund expertise to the investors."

However, Carsten Straush, CEO of the German Asset Managers Group expressed concern. "That is a great development, but I am still wondering how deep the investors' understanding has really developed. I am afraid some may assume that UCITS are "safe" because they are regulated. Moreover, what we have found analyzing UCITS is that the regulatory restrictions in running such a fund do in fact cost a lot of money. If I compare the typical hedge fund or say the HFRI or other indices and compare them to UCITS, the latter yield 3% to 4% per annum less......................

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