Swiss asset manager BlueOrchard has secured UCITS licence from Luxembourg financial regulator CSSF for its Luxembourg entity BlueOrchard Asset Management (Luxembourg).

The firm’s Luxembourg entity is already a licensed alternative investment fund manager (AIFM).

The asset manager said that the UCITS licence highlights its ability to comply with regulatory demands as well as its governance and risk management standards.

BlueOrchard CEO Patrick Scheurle said: “The UCITS licence proves our professionalism and institutional quality. It is an important step forward in meeting our clients’ demands for liquid impact investment solutions.”

The asset manager also announced plans to launch a new UCITS-compliant fund in response to demand for liquid microfinance investment strategies.

The new vehicle, dubbed Emerging Markets Impact Bond fund, will offer exposure to selected frontier and emerging markets bonds of corporations such as quasi-sovereigns with significant impact activities.

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BlueOrchard chairman of the board Peter Fanconi said: “The new UCITS set up allows us to further innovate in the impact space.”

Established in2001, BlueOrchard offers a range of investment solutions such as credit, private equity, and sustainable infrastructure. The firm has till date invested over $5bn in 80 emerging and frontier markets.