On 18 March 2020, the FCA published a statement on property fund suspensions resulting from the current Covid-19 pandemic.
The FCA states that:
- it understands that certain Standing Independent Valuers have determined that there is currently material uncertainty over the value of commercial real estate (CRE). In such situations, a fair and reasonable valuation of CRE funds cannot be established. As a result, some managers of open-ended CRE funds have temporarily suspended dealing in units of these funds and others are likely to follow suit for the same reason; and
- managers of open-ended funds can use suspensions in line with their obligations under applicable regulations. In these circumstances, suspension is likely to be in the best interests of fund investors.