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The Rise of the Flexible Euro-AlF

A passport to success?

Devarshi Saksena of Simmons & Simmons considers the pros and cons of new onshore European hedge fund vehicles recently developed in Ireland, Malta and Luxembourg, and whether or not they represent a real challenge to the traditional Cayman model.

Times are changing for onshore European hedge funds. The structures that were traditionally trumpeted as being rivals to offshore funds - namely the Luxembourg specialised investment fund (SIF), Malta’s professional investor fund (PIF) and Ireland’s PLC/ unit trust qualifying investor alternative investment fund (QIAIF) - but which had regulator driven and, at times, frustrating fund authorisation processes, are slowly giving way to easier to launch, flexible, less regulated structures, that look dramatically closer to their offshore domiciled cousins than ever before.

Last year saw the launch of the much publicised Irish ICAV, a new corporate QIAIF structure which involves a one day CBI authorisation process. 2016 has already seen Malta announce its own easierto-launch hedge fund structure – the notified alternative investment fund (NAIF) – and, very shortly, Luxembourg, which has historically been viewed as a country with a lengthy launch process heavily involving the CSSF – will also introduce its own business friendly hedge fund – the reserved alternative investment fund (RAIF).

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