Industry Analysis

Will UCITS prove as strong and long-lasting in Asia as in Europe?


The obvious appeal of UCITS compliance is helping such funds gain ground in Asia, but is it really a sustainable structure for Asian hedge fund strategies?

In the space of less than six months, the acronym UCITS has gone from being a non-issue for Asian hedge fund managers to the next big idea on everyone’s lips.

Thomas Granger and James Walker

Lawyers say they have been fielding a steady stream of enquiries from Asian hedge fund managers wanting to know more about funds that comply with the Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS) III Directive, and the list of managers with UCITS funds reads like a Who’s Who of UK-based Asian hedge fund managers.