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Fund structures in Luxembourg attract private fund managers at New York roadshow

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:

Hedge fund and private equity structures in Luxembourg are continuing to attract managers to the region despite concerns that the AIFMD has put the brakes on European investing, according to presenters at a recent alternatives roadshow held by the Luxembourg Private Equity Association held in New York.

Luxembourg is the largest investment fund centre in Europe and the second-largest in the world after the US. It is also the largest global distribution centre for investment funds, with its UCITS offered in more than 70 countries around the world. Approximately 14% of the world's private equity assets are also housed in Luxembourg vehicles. Still, for managers on the outside looking in, a common refrain is that AIFMD makes solicitation impossible.

"What managers hear - especially in the US - is that it is too hard to invest in Europe, and too confusing. But there are many structures available in Luxembourg and the workload isn't as complex as it seems. There is a strong investor base in Europe, and managers who aren't there are missing out," says Catherine Pogorzelski, DLA Piper. Pogorzelski was part of panel explaining the fund structures available for private fund managers.

That viewpoint was echoed in our recent Opalesque Luxembourg Roundtable. "When the dust settles and there is a clear path for distributing AIFMD ......................

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