Adam Donoghue and Aaron Mulcahy of Maples and Calder discuss the reasons behind the growth in alternative UCITS funds and what the sector might have in store for the future.

In recent years, one of the notable trends in the UCITS space has been the proliferation of alternative UCITS launches. Although in absolute terms it is still a niche subset within the overall UCITS market, latest estimates place the AUM of alternative UCITS in the region of €305.3bn as at the end of 2014, representing a year-on-year growth of nearly 30% (exponentially higher than growth rates of more traditional UCITS).

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