The Bank of China International has set up a prime brokerage business designed to cater to Chinese hedge funds.
BoCI Securities has united several services it had already been providing and will seek to leverage existing clients from its private banking and investment banking units, Asian Investor reports. "Fund managers already have wide distribution channels comprising commercial and retail banks," Graham Ng, deputy head of equity sales and research, said. "But for start-up Chinese hedge funds targeting money from offshore Chinese investors, their needs are often not met by bulge-bracket investment banks' prime financing and that is where we feel we have a niche."
BoCI will focus on hedge funds with up to US$100 million in assets. It will do its own due diligence on managers strong risk management and governance before recommending them to its private banking and high net-worth clients, Ng told AI.
The bank's securities unit has offered securities lending and margin financing for some time. Those services have now been combined with execution, trading and custody services.