Historic Opportunities for Foreign Hedge Fund Managers in Mainland China
Effie Vasiolopoulos, Partner, Joseph Chan, Partner and Scott Peterman, Partner
A series of regulatory changes of historic significance are being introduced in China that will have wide-ranging implications for foreign fund managers. This Investment Funds update explains some of those changes.
The Shanghai pilot for foreign hedge funds
The Shanghai Municipal Government Financial Services Office (FSO) is preparing to launch the Qualified Domestic Limited Partner Program (QDLP), a pilot program that will permit qualifying foreign hedge funds to raise RMB-denominated funds in mainland China. Under current law, domestic investors are not permitted to invest in foreign hedge funds without certain government approvals that are difficult to secure. The new QDLP measures are significant in that they will, for the first time, open the China market to fundraising by foreign hedge fund managers. Following implementation, QDLP is expected to have a major impact on international fund managers that are interested in China’s sizeable institutional market.