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Schroders launches Ucits III hedge fund platform

Schroders is launching a new Ucits III fund platform designed to give investors greater access to hedge fund managers.

The firm has teamed up with NewFinanceCapital to launch the Schroder GAIA (Global Alternative Investor Access) which will look to offer leading hedge funds from managers with long term track records.

NewFinanceCapital is responsible for manager selection and screening the industry for potential partners.

The first fund launched through the platform will be the Schroder GAIA European equity fund, which is managed by the Egerton Capital Limited Partnership. Egerton was founded in 1994 by John Armitage and William Bollinger.

Schroders head of global products says: “The 2008 financial crisis has led to a seismic change in the asset management industry.  With regulators all over the world locked in discussion about the future of unregulated investments, investors in alternatives have begun to look to the Ucits framework as a ready-made regulatory solution.

“With the launch of Schroder GAIA, our ambition is to establish ourselves as a market-leading provider of quality hedge funds – accessed through Ucits products.   Through Schroder GAIA, we will be able to offer investors a product that combines the return profile of hedge fund strategies with the liquidity, transparency and regulatory stability of Ucits.”

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