Will Increased Tax Rates and More Onerous Regulation Cause Hedge Fund Managers to Leave London?

London is one of the world’s premier centers of hedge fund management.  A recent ranking of the world’s 11 most successful hedge fund managers listed two headquartered in London: Winton Capital Management and Brevan Howard Asset Management.  But there has been, for months now, a good deal of talk about an exodus of hedge fund managers from the U.K.  That talk has been fueled by two factors: recent tax law changes and the European Commission’s proposed Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (Draft Directive).  We detail the tax law changes, and analyze whether they and the Draft Directive really have the potential to engender the much-discussed flight, or whether such flight constitutes an exaggerated threat.

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