BNP Paribas Asset Management obtains QDLP qualification in China

May 9, 2018

Under this regime, the firm would be the first to introduce an Environment, Social and Governance (‘ESG’)-related product to onshore clients.

Hong Kong – BNP Paribas Asset Management (‘AM’) today announced that its wholly foreign-owned enterprise (‘WFOE’), BNP Paribas Overseas Investment Fund Management (Shanghai) Co., Limited, has been granted a Qualified Domestic Limited Partner (‘QDLP’) qualification quota of US$50 million. The Shanghai-based QDLP programme allows global asset managers to raise funds from domestic investors in China to buy overseas traditional and alternative assets such as equities and real estate investment trusts.

In line with the enhanced focus from Mainland investors towards sustainable investing; which can be attributed in part to increased validation of the approach from the Chinese government and industry organizations, BNP Paribas AM is the first global  fund manager with a QDLP quota to offer a fund geared towards ESG investments.

Commenting on the firm’s QDLP qualification, Ligia Torres, BNP Paribas AM Asia-Pacific Chief Executive Officer said, “China is a key growth market for BNP Paribas.  Through this programme, qualified high net worth and institutional investors in China seeking to diversify their investments across an expanding range of asset classes and geographies can now access our global expertise as an investment solutions provider.”

Since 2004, BNP Paribas AM has provided its global clients with access to the Chinese market as one of the largest global Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor managers.  On September 2014, BNP Paribas AM was granted one of the first RMB Qualified Foreign Institutional Investors licenses in France and Eurozone.  The firm has since acquired RQFII licenses in Paris, Hong Kong and Korea.  BNP Paribas AM obtained a 49% share in HFT Investment Management in 2003, and was one of the first joint venture fund management companies granted approval from China Securities Regulatory Commission to provide Chinese local financial products to onshore investors.  To facilitate the launch of the QDLP program, BNP Paribas AM established its WFOE in December 2014 and is among the first group of global asset management WFOEs operating in the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone.