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Hedge Fund Managers With Largest Portfolios Face EU Regulation

Bloomberg – Hedge fund managers who run the largest 15 percent of portfolios in the European Union would have to report risks, debts and trading activities to regulators under a draft proposal to tighten oversight after the financial crisis.

The EU’s executive agency in Brussels is weighing plans to regulate “alternative investment fund managers” who oversee at least 250 million euros ($333 million). The measure also covers private-equity buyout firms.

The proposal answers calls from EU lawmakers for rules on all market actors, and from the Group of 20 nations for oversight of hedge funds large enough to put financial systems at risk. While the proposal, which may still be changed, excludes 85 percent of hedge fund managers, it would leave out 24 percent of their assets in the region, according to the commission.

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