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FSA forced to delay fund of hedge funds plans

The FSA has been forced to delay plans to develop funds of alternative investment funds in the retail market due to a number of taxation issues.

In an update statement, the FSA says it had planned to issue a policy statement and final rules towards the end of this year to allow the development of funds of alternative investment funds, including funds of hedge funds.

But it says in the course of its consultation it has identified a number of taxation issues involved in the operation of such a regime.

It says the Treasury is currently considering these issues in conjunction with the offshore funds regime which is currently at discussion paper stage.

The FSA says it will delay its proposals until the situation is clearer in the new year.

FSA director of retail policy and themes Dan Waters says: “We recognise the difficulties of trying to resolve the complex issues raised by the Offshore Funds Tax Regime.

“We continue in our constructive discussions with the Treasury however and are working closely together to find a way for FAIFs to operate competitively within the UK retail market. This provides an opportunity for further discussion and consideration before the final publication.”

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