UCITS III hedge funds have continued to post significant gains through 2011, both in terms of assets under management (AuM) and the total number of funds. As at end-August 2011 we estimate there to be 740 unique managers1 with assets of nearly US$200 billion.
Figure 1: Industry growth since 2007
As shown in figure 2, UCITS III hedge funds have attracted proportionally greater asset flows when compared to the global hedge funds sector over the last two and a half years. Since 2008 against the backdrop of the financial crisis and some high profile frauds, hedge funds subscribing to the UCITS III framework have become increasingly popular as investors sought greater transparency, better risk management and more regulations from managers.