Questions abound over Ucits hedge funds

The directive on alternative investment fund managers (AIFM) will not necessarily allow professional investors to buy the funds offered to them. Controversy around the directive, together with uncertainty about the distribution of funds it will allow, will deter investment companies from making the investments to comply with the expected requirements of the AIFM directive.


As Ucits regulation offers greater possibilities for leverage and more admissible assets, Ucits appeals to both fund investors and managers.

In a recent survey (1) Edhec Risk Institute canvassed Ucits and alternative asset managers, their service providers, external observers such as regulators and trade bodies, and investors for their views of structuring hedge fund strategies as Ucits. The work is part of the CACEIS research chair on non-financial risks in investment funds.

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