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New investors groups turn to European opportunities but need clarification on regulations

Friday, July 18, 2014

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Olivier Kintgen
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva:

New investor groups like U.S. based pension funds and others have started to discover European opportunities offered by European managers, in sectors as diverse as European equities; European corporate credit and loans; new fields like financial credit or the management of liquidity buffers (HQLA); smart Beta 2.0; securitization; European distressed; and investments with longer durations like real estate, infrastructure and infrastructure deb, according to the participants of the recent Opalesque France Roundtable.

However, the advent of new European regulations such as the AIFMD might create a "U.S. retro effect" as some U.S. investors may very well decide to remove their investments from European managers.

As the cost of running AIFMD compliant funds will increase, Denis Beaudoin comments, "these investors don’t see any reason why they should pay for those changes and cost increases when they were not requesting them in the first place." Beaudoin is the Founder and current CEO of Finaltis, which provides investment solutions, asset management ($300m) of a CTA and a European market neutral equity strategy, and operational help to new managers.

"As a result of that we have to carefully craft a new way to attract U.S. investors," he continues, "because (they) still are the major pool of demand for us and ou......................

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