The first China fund for foreigners, Martin Currie Inc.s China "A" Share Fund, will not launch as planned on July 23, Reuters reports. U.S. regulators took issue with an interview that the fund manager gave to Barrons during the quiet period, a source told Reuters. Regulators perceived the interview as a solicitation for funds in an unregistered vehicle, the source said.
The fund, which will be listed on the Dublin stock exchange and which is now set to debut in late August, will invest in Chinas yuan-denominated securities markets. Chinas stock and bond markets have heretofore been closed to foreign investors, but through Chinas Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor scheme, UBS obtained a $300 million investment quota for 2003. Whatever UBS does not invest in Chinas markets by Sept. 4, it must hand over to other firms. UBS has raised $100 million to date, according to another source.