German market opens up to hedge funds

HEDGE FUNDS| SWEEPING CHANGES OPEN DOOR FOR COMPLEX INSTRUMENTS

LONDON -- The German government has passed a law opening up the domestic hedge fund market, a move that, according to certain sources, could spawn a €100 billion industry. The law, implemented this month, and passed in late November is, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), as liberal in what it permits as was the Ucits III changes passed in 2002.

These latest changes open the way for the use of more complex derivative instruments by the domestic funds industry, supplanting the plain

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