Germany is to allow the sale and marketing of hedge funds from the start of next January. This is expected to open the door to some E150bn in new assets from local investors over the next three years. Laws preventing hedge funds from setting up in Germany and imposing heavy taxes on profits made from investments in offshore alternative products have stunted local investment in the asset class so far.
Presently, hedge funds cannot set up or market in Germany. It is not prohibited for sophisticat