Polar Capital gains license for Paris office

British alternative asset manager Polar Capital has been granted an operating license by the French financial market regulator AMF for its subsidiary Polar Capital (Europe) it has set in Paris amid Brexit fears.

InvestmentEurope has learned the license was awarded on 25 July 2018 to the London-headquartered boutique but no details have been provided on the activities covered by AMF’s agreement.

Polar Capital had announced the opening of an office in Paris in its 2018 annual report last June. “As there remains uncertainty over the arrangements that will apply from March 2019 the Group is opening an AMF regulated subsidiary in France through which all European activities, including all European distribution, will be funnelled.”

It further added : “In order to increase our client servicing presence in the European markets, we will, subject to regulatory approval, be opening an office in Paris where certain key functions will be undertaken for the company.”

Polar Capital (Europe) will be located 18 rue de Londres in the ninth district of Paris. InvestmentEurope understands Polar Capital’s chief risk officer Waseem Ghulam as chairman of Polar Capital (Europe), along with vice-chairmen Kyffen Allen and Su Park, respectively sales director and regional sales director Europe at Polar Capital, will operate from Paris.

Polar Capital manages three UK-domiciled funds in addition to closed end investment trusts that are not marketed into continental Europe.

It also provides an Irish Ucits fund range, tallying 18 funds, that is distributed throughout Europe. Established in 2001, Polar Capital had £13.6bn of assets under management as of end June 2018.

Various asset managers such as BlackRock have also applied for an AIFM license in France.

Adrien Paredes-Vanheule
Adrien Paredes-Vanheule is deputy editor and French-Speaking Europe Correspondent for InvestmentEurope, covering France, Belgium, Geneva and Monaco. Prior to joining InvestmentEurope, he spent almost five years writing for various publications in Monaco, primarily as a criminal and financial court reporter. Before that, he worked for newspapers and radio stations in France, in particular in Lyon.

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