By Niki Natarajan
Creatively (and politically) Italy has always done things in its own way. When it came to hedge funds, things were no different. Hedge funds hit the Italian map relatively late with the introduction of regulations in 1999 that permitted the creation of funds set up and domiciled in Italy.
Although the authorisation process for each fund was strict, it allowed firms to create structures that could be sold to high-net-worth individuals and institutional investors with a favourable tax treatment. These specially created onshore società di gestione del risparmio (SGRs) allowed Italian investors and asset management companies to invest freely in offshore hedge funds for the first time.
The first firm to take advantage of the opportunity was Kairos, which launched its flagship Kairos Multi-Strategy Fund in 2001. Kairos is marking its 10 year anniversary this year with $750 million in its flagship fund, $2.62 billion in total...