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East Capital rolls out ESG China fund

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Swedish asset manager East Capital has launched a UCITS China A-Shares fund that incorporates environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing.

The asset manager specialised in emerging and frontier markets announced the launch of a UCITS version of its successful China A-Shares strategy, providing investors with easier access to investment opportunities on the Chinese onshore equity markets, facilitated in recent years by capital market reforms and the stock connect programme.

A press release from the company said: "The strategy, which aims to deliver long-term capital appreciation by investing in high-quality companies across China and which incorporates ESG considerations within its investment and stock selection process, will be benchmarked against the MSCI China A Index."

Peter Elam Håkansson, chairman and chief investment officer of the firm, said: "We see this launch as a natural step in the evolution of our China A-Shares strategy and one which builds on the terrific results that the team has been able to deliver to our clients since its inception in 2014. We believe that the UCITS structure offers the best format for our clients."

He pointed out that East Capital has had an on-the-ground presence in Asia since 2010, giving it a superior level of expertise into investment opportunities in China and its A-Shares market.

The launch comes after a period of significant focus on the Chinese market, following MSCI......................

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