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Choosing a European fund domicile

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The views of global asset managers

A survey conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit on behalf of Matheson.

As an Irish law firm that focuses on understanding the needs of international business and the key factors which inform the decisions of international mobile investment, Matheson wanted to gain an in-depth understanding of how asset managers view Europe’s leading fund domiciles, and what attracts them to invest in a particular European jurisdiction.

With this in mind, Matheson engaged the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) to conduct an independent global survey of 200 asset managers in order to identify their preferences when choosing a European fund domicile, and to examine what are the most influential factors when deciding among competing domiciles.

Specifically, survey respondents were asked to assess which European domiciles they would now choose if starting over with their fund ranges, taking into account business, regulatory, legal and tax conditions. The EIU survey also asked managers to rank the most influential decision-making factors when selecting one European fund domicile over another. This revealed some interesting findings regarding the key business, distribution, legal and regulatory conditions prioritised by managers when selecting a domicile.

With respect to growth, the survey examined global asset managers’ estimates of expected growth levels of assets under management in both UCITS and European alternative investment funds up to 2016.  The EIU survey also tested reaction to the application of the AIFMD.

Should you wish to discuss in further detail any aspect of the themes and subject matter of this survey, please get in touch with your usual Matheson contact, or any of the partners in our Asset Management and Investment Funds team.

 



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