Hedge Connection hybrid platform selected by M.S. Howell

Hedge Connection, a US internet-based research and networking platform for hedge funds and qualified investors, has announced that M.S. Howells, a provider of specialised prime brokerage and hedge fund services, has selected the Hedge Connection hybrid platform to help its clients improve their marketing efforts.

The hybrid system enables Howells to control and regulate its clients' access to Hedge Connection's investor networking platform. The firm's clients will be invited to register their funds on Hedge Connection's networking platform free of charge, offering investors access to the funds' profile, and will enjoy other membership benefits including access to the investor search feature and invitations to private networking events and breakfast seminars hosted by Hedge Connection.

Hedge Connection and Howells have worked together closely since the launch of the networking platform in 2005.

'We have a great working relationship with the Hedge Connection team and have watched the development of the product closely since their launch,' says Katrina Santa Maria, director of prime brokerage at M.S. Howells. 'We are pleased to offer our clients this service.

'Capital introduction is often cited by hedge fund managers as the leading source of disappointment. We made a decision early on to focus on the areas where we deliver value to our clients - portfolio reporting, technology, execution services and fund start-up services.

Mark Howells, the eponymous firm's chief executive, adds: 'Partnering with Hedge Connection gives our clients access to qualified investors and our team access to Lisa Vioni and her group, who have a proven industry track record.'

Hedge Connection president Vioni says: 'There is considerable momentum behind our service as prime brokers and agency brokers recognise the challenges and conflicts of developing internal capital introduction capabilities.

'Hedge Connection can help augment an existing cap-intro platform or act as a cap-intro alternative for prime brokers and provides a secure and efficient channel to help hedge fund managers build out their network of investor relationships.'

M.S. Howells, a boutique institutional broker-dealer based in Scottsdale, Arizona, provides institutional and corporate clients with research, trading, prime brokerage, hedge fund infrastructure and investment banking services.

Hedge Connection offers managers direct access to prequalified, opt-in sophisticated investors that are actively allocating to hedge funds. Investor members who join free of charge receive access to videos and presentation materials from hedge fund members.

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