UCITS: On the alternative UCITS horizon: an industry looks forward

Mon Apr 16, 2012

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Independent firms and asset managers will continue to launch UCITS platforms if they have compelling distribution capabilities. Investment banks will continue to see the benefits of being in the alternative UCITS space, especially if they run derivatives businesses, but they will continue to launch platforms or form relationships with asset and wealth managers to whom they will provide various services. DATA INCLUDES: Alternative UCITS at a glance, assets, new funds, median performance


Joy Dunbar, editor, Absolute UCITS

This year marks a definitive watershed in the relationship between hedge fund managers and traditional asset management firms. Due to the challenging economic climate in recent years, it has become increasingly difficult for investors to generate real returns in the way they would have traditionally invested prior to the credit crunch.



This has resulted in fundamental changes to the asset management landscape which has coincided with the development of alternative UCITS. Over the past few years, the alternative UCITS sector has changed its emphasis from launching and structuring funds to distributing and attracting assets from retail and institutional investors. The expansion of the sector will be driven by focusing on distribution and performance. Recent developments include:

• Traditional long-only asset managers have been acquiring all, or part, of established alternative or specialist investment firms. Those firms, which have large distribution capabilities, will use the services...

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