Schroders Teams with Indus Capital to Launch Pan-Asian Equity UCITS Fund

Jul 7 2016 | 10:16pm ET

Global investment management firm Schroders has launched a new long/short Asian equity fund in partnership with hedge fund manager Indus Capital.

The new vehicle, named the Schroder GAIA Indus PacifiChoice fund, will use a macro overlay and a bottoms-up research process to invest in equity and equity-linked securities across markets in the Asia-Pacific region, including Japan, China, India and Australia, according to an article in Citywire. 

Managing the new fund will be Sheldon Kasowitz, who co-founded New York-based Indus in 2000. It officially launched on July 6, and was preceded by an existing UCITS-compliant fund operated by Indus.

The new fund will be domiciled on Schroders’ GAIA UCITS platform, bringing to nine the number of funds on the two GAIA platforms, eight of which are run by external hedge fund managers including John Paulson, BlueTrend, and KKR. Launched in November 2009, GAIA is Schroders’ liquid alternatives channel, offering professional investors access to a suite of hedge fund strategies within a regulated, transparent and UCITS-compliant liquid framework. 

London-based Schroders is a global asset management company with more than $465 billion in assets under management for major financial institutions, pension funds, governments, charities, high net worth individuals and retail investors. 

Indus, meanwhile, is an international alternative investment management firm offering long/short and long-only equity strategies focused on the Asia Pacific region and emerging markets. Founded by a group of former Soros Fund Management executives, the firm manages approximately $6.9 billion. 

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