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The Eurekahedge Report - September 2014
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The September 2014 Eurekahedge Report contains qualitative and quantitative analyses on the industry's assets flows and performance over the past month, with a special feature on key trends in UCITS hedge funds.

Asset Flows Update for the Month of August 2014
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Hedge funds ended August in positive territory with the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 1.30% trailing the MSCI World Index which gained 2.48%, with market volatility falling across the different asset classes. In the US, the economy continues to show modest growth, prompting more speculation regarding possible revisions to the schedule for the Fed’s eventual raising of interest rates. Over in the Eurozone, inflation and growth remains weak, spurring Draghi into action to fulfil his commitment towards fighting deflation. European equities rallied in anticipation of a fresh round of quantitative easing, with regional markets ending the month largely in positive territory
Hedge Fund Performance Commentary for the Month of August 2014

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Hedge funds rebounded strongly in August to close the month up 1.30%, trailing underlying markets as the MSCI World Index gained 2.48% on the back of modest growth figures which were driven largely by an improving outlook for the US economy. August witnessed another renewed wave of investor optimism which continued to push global equity markets higher and volatility back down. The divergence in economic policies between the US and European central banks was quite a major theme during the month, with the ECB embarking on its quantitative easing program in earnest even as the Fed debates over the timing of future interest rate hikes, leaving the euro reeling while driving the dollar higher.

2014 Key Trends in UCITS Hedge Funds

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UCITS, as defined by the EU, refers to the term ‘Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities’. They arose out of calls for an increase in the regulatory oversight of alternative investment managers, setting strict standards in the areas of investor protection, regulation and disclosure. The regulatory bodies of the EU are continually updating and improving upon the product to maintain its relevance to investors, with the most recent UCITS V set of regulations to be implemented by 17 September 2014.
Interview with Steve Knabl, Managing Partner at Swiss Asia Holdings

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Swiss Asia is an Independent Asset Management firm with its base in Singapore and an office in Hong Kong. Swiss Asia currently manages US$1.5 billion that is split between wealth management and asset management platforms. Essentially Swiss Asia is a platform for professionals which operate in the private wealth management space as well as the fund management space.
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Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive Implemented Into Belgian Law

Pierre Berger, Olivier Van den broeke and Simon Landuyt, Baker & McKenzie

The European Union's Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (the ‘Directive’) provides for comprehensive changes in the regulatory framework applicable to alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs) that manage or market alternative investment funds (AIFs) within the European Union.
FATCA for Private Fund Key Considerations

Matthew P. Larvick, Vedder Price

Although the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) went ‘live’ July 1, 2014, guidance continues to fall into place. On July 16, the IRS issued instructions for the requester of various Forms W-8 and continues to update its FAQ website. The Cayman Islands Tax Information Authority issued regulations effective July 4, 2014 addressing the implementation of the Cayman IGA, and on July 22 issued the first official version of its FATCA Guidance Notes. The recent surge in attention being given to ‘activist shareholders’ in Australia has seen them getting a more sympathetic ear from fund managers. Previously low profile funds are now showing a willingness to engage with activists to understand their proposals for improving share price performance rather than necessarily siding with the incumbents.
Of Activists and Activism: Why We Have Seen a Rise in Activist Funds Examining Australian Listed Entities for Opportunities

Andrew Lumsden and Jonathan Farrer, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

We recently hosted a series of panel sessions on shareholder activism where we heard from specialists on proxy solicitation, corporate governance, activist shareholders and large superannuation funds. The different perspectives of these participants were clear and highlighted the everyday tensions in the activist battle for corporate control.
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  The Eurekahedge Report - September 2014  
     
  Asset Flows Update for the Month of August 2014  
     
  Hedge Fund Performance Commentary for the Month of August 2014  
     
  2014 Key Trends in UCITS Hedge Funds  
     
  Interview with Steve Knabl, Managing Partner at Swiss Asia Holdings  
     
  Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive Implemented Into Belgian Law  
     
  FATCA for Private Fund Key Considerations  
     
  Of Activists and Activism: Why We Have Seen a Rise in Activist Funds Examining Australian Listed Entities for Opportunities  
     
     
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