Asia Frontier Capital Launches UCITS Version Of Flagship EM Fund

Oct 25 2017 | 9:21pm ET

Thomas Hugger’s boutique hedge fund Asia Frontier Capital has unveiled an UCITS-compliant version of its flagship frontier markets fund as interest in emerging market investments continues to rise. 

The Luxembourg-domiciled fund is named the AFC Asia Frontier Fund (Lux) and was launched as part of Limestone Capital’s LS Opportunities SICAV, according to an article in Citywire. It reportedly debuted on September 20.

Hugger’s Hong Kong-based Asia Frontier Capital is one of the top-performing investors in dedicated frontier markets. The Cayman Islands-domiciled version of the new UCITS fund was launched in 2012 and covers Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Iraq, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. In dollar terms, the fund is up +1.29% for the year through September after gaining 22.5% in 2016. 

In addition to the flagship fund, Asia Frontier also offers funds dedicated to Iraq and Vietnam, down -11.7% and up +12.51%, respectively, so far this year. Famed emerging market investor Marc Faber is a shareholder of Asia Frontier Capital, along with former Barings CEO Andrew Fraser. 

The new UCITS fund is expected to be passported for sale in Finland, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK, the article said. 

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