FSA throws out ‘light’ hedge fund regime

The Financial Services
threw out its ‘light-touch’ regulatory regime for hedge
funds yesterday, as it bowed to fierce lobbying from shareholders, consumer
groups and investment trusts.

The FT
reports that the FSA will loosen its main listing rules instead, in
order to make it easier from hedge funds and private equity to obtain

The changes are expected to bolster the current position by including certain
mandatory requirements that are lacking, such as the appointment of a board.

Investment bankers and lawyers expressed concern that the change could see
several hedge funds abandon London in favour of Amsterdam.

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