New fund type could lure pensions to hedge funds

Asset management firms are expected to launch a raft of UK-authorised, quasi-hedge funds appealing to pension funds and institutional investors, if proposals by Britain's market regulator allowing regulated funds using leverage and derivatives go ahead.

Timothy Spangler, partner in the investment funds group at London lawyers Berwin Leighton Paisner, said long-only asset management firms could also offer UK-regulated funds using derivatives based on financials and commodities, and up to 100% leve