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8 February 2010, London: HedgeFund Intelligence, the leading provider of hedge fund
news, analysis and performance data, today announces the launch of the first Absolute
Return UCITS database and index.

HedgeFund Intelligence has been tracking the growth of Absolute Return UCITS funds for
the last 12 months. Its new database will allow premium platinum clients to access
information on all global Absolute Return UCITS funds in one place.

To coincide with the launch of the database HedgeFund Intelligence will be starting the first
Absolute Return UCITS Index which will track funds investing in European Equities, so far
the largest peer group by number of funds. This index will be freely available from the
website along with the established Mean and Median indices on hedge funds. It expects to
launch several other indices in the near future.

Benefits of the new functionality include:

 One-stop: Find all the global Absolute Return UCITS funds in one place
 Calculate: See the size of the sub-sector as it expands
 Clear and Precise: No excessive classes, long-only or padding, just the main
headline classes
 Benchmark: Using the new UCITS index
 Downloadable: Search, filter and download results into Excel, Access other

Almost 150 UCITS funds are already on the new database, and with many more being
launched each week the number is expected to expand to over 200 in the near future with
an increase of launches in the second half of 2009 and an impressive line-up of new funds
already announced this year from the likes of RWC Partners, Gartmore and Jabre Capital.

Damian Alexander, Data & Research Manager at HFI, said:

“We have been closely tracking the impact of UCITS III on the hedge fund industry, and in
particular the ways in which managers are using the requirement to effectively create a
whole new class of investments.

“Our new database and index will provide the first authoritative means of measuring the
size and performance of this increasingly important sub-sector.”
HedgeFund Intelligence Limited, Registered in England and Wales No: 3665540
Nestor House, Playhouse Yard, London, EC4V 5EX, UK T +44 (0) 20 7779 7330 F +44 (0) 20 7779 7331,

Notes to Editor – Background on Absolute Return UCITS

An increasing number of European managers who run offshore hedge funds have been
moving to offer onshore funds designed to comply with the rules for funds in Europe
promulgated by the EU directive governing so-called Undertakings in Collective
Investments in Transferable Securities, generally referred to as UCITS.

The latest version of this directive, known as UCITS III, relaxed the rules considerably for
onshore funds to adopt hedge fund style techniques to manage money – such as allowing
a greater ability to use cash and money market instruments as well as derivatives,
including equity swaps and contracts for differences (CFDs). These strategies can not only
be used for hedging, but also to create a limited degree leverage.

As more and more managers have come to realise, the UCITS III framework is now flexible
enough to allow for quite a lot of hedge fund techniques. While some funds can be UCITS
III-compliant, others that require more flexibility are considering offering UCITS III
versions to investors. Over the last 18 months some of Europe’s biggest hedge fund firms
have launched UCITS III funds including Brevan Howard, BlueCrest, Marshall Wace and

About HedgeFund Intelligence

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funds as well as on hedge fund investors worldwide.

For more information, please contact:

Damian Alexander, Data & Research Manager, HedgeFund Intelligence

+44 (0) 20 7779 7361 /

Neil Wilson, Managing Editor, HedgeFund Intelligence

+44 (0) 20 7779 7359 /

Toby Bates, Merlin
Del Jones, Merlin
+44 (0) 20 7726 8400 / or

Armel Leslie, Walek & Associates:
+1 212 889-4113 /

Sophie Sophaon, Walek & Associates:
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