Why are investors attracted to hedge fund strategies offered through Ucits structures?
FS: Investors can invest in hedge funds with the confidence that there is safekeeping of assets, that they will get their money back when they want it, that rigorous risk management controls are in place, and there is a robust operating framework including compliance on every trade. Ucits funds are highly regulated, and all the players involved take their responsibilities very seriously. GFM: What approach have you used in terms of the skills and resources you need for the venture? FS: The whole field of repackaging non-Ucits hedge funds as Ucits-compliant funds is new territory for the investment management industry, and I wanted to make sure we could offer the necessary skills and experience. Our open-architecture approach means we are not constrained by our internal experience and enables us to work with best in class service providers, investment managers and third-party distributors if necessary. Since it’s a new area, there aren’t a lot of people with experience in launching and