EU Hedge Funds May Face Greater Regulation

New York (HedgeCo.Net) – Those who push for greater transparency of the hedge fund industry had a victory this week, when an EU official all but declared that funds in the European Union will be regulated.   

Charlie McCreevy, the bloc’s internal market commissioner, launched a public discussion on whether or not hedge funds need stricter oversight.  Though McCreevy has said in the past that no greater oversight is needed for hedge funds, the majority of those present disagreed.

“We don’t need more consultation.  We need regulation.  We know exactly what are the problems,” said ex-Prime Minister of Denmark Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, who shares the view that short-selling by hedge funds have had a hand in prompting turmoil in the market. 

The results of the consultation, which is still underway, are expected to be known in early 2009.  Though most hedge funds fall outside the EU,  London is home to several large hedge funds and many portfolio managers. 

Julie Scuderi
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