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KraneShares CSI China Internet ETF comes to Europe


The KraneShares CSI China Internet UCITS ETF has just been listed on Euronext Amsterdam, bringing the UCITS version of the USD1.7 billion ETF to a European audience.

Sjef Pieters, Head of European Sales at KraneShares explains that this ETF is a UCITS equivalent of the US ETF which is been going for six and a half years and offers exposure to the largest Chinese internet companies, from Alibaba to Tencent, and offers a play on the domestic Chinese consumer by capturing the growth of the user of the internet in China.

The US version is often used as a benchmark for Chinese internet companies, he says. “We realised that there were lots of investors in Europe interested in getting exposure to these markets as well so we launched the UCITS fund, on the London Stock Exchange and now on Euronext,” Pieters says.

“Our goal is to bring this ETF to investors in different countries and regions in Europe, while also expanding our range here.”

KraneShares has some 14 ETFs in the US, and achieved a recent peak of USD3 billion under management, and currently just the one ETF in Europe.

“There are definitely more in the pipeline,” Pieters says. “And we are also conscious that Asian and Latin American investors like the UCITS structure as well.”

The driver behind the launch was because the US version is one of the largest with a strong track record. “Prior to the launch, European investors had been asking for a UCITS version of it.”

Response during and post the launch period has been positive, with potential investors doing due diligence and making initial allocations.

“We are very excited to be here,” Pieters says. “We have a well experienced and large team in the US but Europe is new and exciting for us to be here as China and China-related specialists. Many investors realise they are under allocated and under researched in China.”

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