The Central Bank of Ireland
While Ireland is widely recognized as a centre for UCITS funds and it led the way in the development of regulated hedge fund structures, its offering in relation to real estate and private equity funds is less well known. Real estate and private equity funds have generally been established in off-shore jurisdictions such as the Channel Islands or using structures such as the English limited partnership. More recently, Luxembourg has used its double taxation treaty network to facilitate the establishment of efficient real estate and private equity fund structures investing through multiple conduit structures in Europe, Asia and beyond. The development of similar products in Ireland was hampered by the perception that Irish funds did not possess these inherent tax advantages.