Madoff scandal boon for mutual funds, DWS exec says

Reuters – The Madoff scandal could be a boon for mutual funds as investors shift into regulated asset management vehicles in Luxembourg or Ireland away from hedge funds in the Caymans, a German mutual funds executive said.

"There’ll be a drive clearly toward more transparency and stricter supervision. That could be good for mutual funds," Stephan Kunze, head of Europe at Deutsche Bank’s  mutual funds arm DWS, told Reuters in an interview.

"A lot of strategies that have been set up in the Caymans will migrate to Luxembourg or Ireland-domiciled replicas (with) hedge fund strategies migrating onto mutual fund platforms," he said, speaking on the sidelines of DWS’s annual news conference.

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