Hedge fund managers embrace Ucits wrapper despite significant operational challenges

Ucits wrappers for hedge funds have become a popular way for managers to access new investor sources as well as market and distribute funds more easily within the European Union.



In the aftermath of the financial crisis, investors were clamouring for transparency and liquidity. Partly as a way to satisfy this demand and to reach new sources of assets in markets where investors were restricted to regulated, onshore funds, many hedge fund managers began eyeing Ucits. No one is certain when the first Ucits wrapper was put around a hedge fund but the idea caught on quickly post-2008.

Ucits products had already garnered a reputation and were seen by many

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