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Martin Laidlaw, managing director, JP Fund Administration

JP Fund Administration – Best Offshore Hedge Fund Administrator

JP Fund Administration is a Cayman Islands-based fund administrator offering services to asset managers in all styles of alternative investment management. The choice to establish in the Cayman Islands was based on its well-established legal and regulatory framework, which has made it the leading fund jurisdiction for the overwhelming majority of offshore alternative investment fund managers.

The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority granted JPFA an unrestricted mutual fund administrator’s licence in November 2008, allowing the company to offer clients a full range of administration services including NAV calculation, fund accounting, transfer agency and share registry services.

To meet the demands of today’s investors, investment managers, auditors and regulators, the company’s management believes it is essential to have experienced staff and a software solution that is functional, flexible and scalable. JPFA has been building its presence in Cayman over the past two years by continuing to hire key staff to service its growing customer base as well as moving to larger offices to accommodate all locally-based staff under one roof.

JPFA uses the PFS Paxus administration system, a fully integrated platform developed by Pacific Fund Systems. Managing director Martin Laidlaw (pictured) acknowledges the need for up-to-date, efficient systems: “Our clients need timely and accurate information, and our focus on technology ensures we remain at the forefront of the industry in delivering on our clients’ expectations.

“We are continually reviewing our use of technology to create efficiencies and to improve investor and investment manager experience.” JPFA is looking forward to further technological enhancements in collaboration with its service providers to increase the utility and scope of its offering to investors and managers alike.

JPFA is part of the JP Fund Group of companies which, through its collective expertise and external service providers, offers investment managers a full range of support services including fund establishment and documentation, legal support, banking and brokerage facilities, including trade execution and custodian introductions, and establishing independent director and audit arrangements.

The group has developed a range of services to assist asset managers moving from managed account-style operations to running their investment strategy within a fund structure, as well as catering for existing fund managers’ ongoing needs. Services include cost-sensitive structuring solutions in a number of jurisdictions that often provide more conflict-free fund governance structures than are normally possible in traditional funds. The cost-saving initiatives have been scaled to suit funds large and small.

Growing requirements for transparency, accountability and independence, particularly in light of events during the global financial crisis, have increased demand for independent fund service professionals that JPFA is well placed to meet. The firm is also looking to expand its global scope through initiatives in the significant US market and increasing openings in Asia and Australasia.

Of the award, JP Fund Group executive chairman and JPFA director Philip Griffiths says: “We’re very proud of our achievements to date and excited by future opportunities. We look forward to continuing to grow the business while maintaining the same values. Being recognised by our industry peers and clients proves we have the right client focus and business model. We’re also proud that Capricorn FX G10 SP, a fund established and administered by the group, has also been voted Best Managed Futures Fund/CTA.”

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