Hedge Funds

NewSmith chooses UCITS


NewSmith Asset Management decided to launch its global long/short equity hedge fund using the UCITS structure because it offers investors increased transparency, liquidity and a high level of regulatory oversight.

NewSmith Global Absolute Return Fund launched in September 2010. It is one of four sub funds under an Irish-domiciled umbrella, which includes a long-only version of the global long/short equities fund and an emerging markets UCITS hedge fund.

It targets a return of 12% to 14% net of all fees. The fund is up 6.5% in the first six months since launch.

London-based Simon Roberts, portfolio manager for London-based alternative asset manager NewSmith , previously worked for BlueCrest Capital and Lazard Asset Management.

He says: “When we looked at setting up our new global equity hedge fund we decided to