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Daniel Maycock, Lawson Connor

A new way of accessing Europe’s EUR19trn market

Wed, 30/09/2015 - 11:44

When AIFMD was introduced into European law two years ago, it set a new benchmark globally for fund governance. This shut out the majority of US hedge funds from marketing to a significant number of European investors. »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Short-term activism could wane once rates start to rise

Wed, 30/09/2015 - 11:41

The US has seen a real resurgence in activism over the last couple of years. Last year, for example, there were 247 activist campaigns; the highest number since 2008 when 284 were recorded according to FactSet data.  »

Nixk Tsafos, EisnerAmper

Tax implications of trading swaps with prime brokers

Wed, 30/09/2015 - 11:38

There are some early signs that the effects of Basel 3 are changing the way that hedge funds do business with their prime brokers. In today's new reality, primes are becoming more prescriptive over how the bank's balance sheet is being utilised to support clients' trades. To mitigate the costs of trading physical securities, some managers are beginning to use more synthetic instruments.  »

Jack Seibald, Concept Capital

Acquisition creates bigger landing pad for managers

Wed, 30/09/2015 - 11:35

2015 has been a big year for Concept Capital Markets, LLC. Earlier this year, the firm entered into an agreement to be acquired by Cowen Group, a leading growth investment bank and alternative investment manager with a heritage dating back to 1918.  »

Geoff Ruddick, IMS Fund Services

Independent directors and the split board saga

Wed, 30/09/2015 - 11:32

By Geoff Ruddick (pictured), IMS Fund Services – There has been an extraordinary focus on and trend towards `split boards' in the last few years. For most people the accepted definition of a `split board' is having independent directors from different fiduciary firms. It is considered by some to be the best way to construct a board. In reality this is an overly simplistic definition and assessment of how to recruit and construct an effective and diverse board.  »

Bob Kern U.S. Bancorp

Next stage of evolution in the ’40 Act marketplace

Wed, 30/09/2015 - 11:28

Servicing approximately 113 liquid alternative funds that operate under the '40 Act banner, U.S. Bancorp Fund Services (`UBSFS') is ideally positioned to understand the complexities of administration and compliance involved in with these vehicles. USBFS opened its doors in 1969 and since that time, the firm has been servicing these funds for over 20 years; although, back in the 1990s the term "liquid alternative" didn't exist.  »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Managers need more support as regulation heats up

Wed, 30/09/2015 - 11:25

Recently, the SEC proposed several amendments to Form ADV. Generally speaking, these amendments would require registered investment advisers to disclose information regarding their separately managed accounts, including assets under management and information related to the use of derivatives and borrowings.  »

Top performer

Most consistent performing alternative asset fund managers

Wed, 30/09/2015 - 11:10

Using data from the recently released 2015 Preqin Alternative Assets Performance Monitor, Preqin has created league tables of alternative asset fund managers that have most consistently outperformed their peers. The league tables do not seek in any way to endorse these fund managers, but rather to illustrate those that have performed the most consistently in the past. Six primary strategies have been presented – buyout, venture capital, mezzanine, real estate, infrastructure and natural resources – with venture capital seeing the most fund managers achieve the highest possible score. »

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Is bigger always best? A closer look at the effect of size on the hedge fund industry

Wed, 30/09/2015 - 11:03

Using Preqin’s new fund size benchmarks on Hedge Fund Analyst, together with the results of our interviews with approximately 300 hedge fund managers, this extract from September’s Preqin Hedge Fund Spotlight newsletter analyses the effect that fund size has on the overall hedge fund industry by looking at performance, terms and conditions, and the fund sizes institutional investors are looking for. »

Franklin Templeton and K2 advisors launch liquid alternative long short credit fund for US investors

Franklin Templeton and K2 advisors launch liquid alternative long short credit fund for US investors

Wed, 30/09/2015 - 10:47

Franklin Templeton Investments has launched Franklin K2 Long Short Credit Fund (FKLSX), a multi-manager fund that invests in a variety of credit strategies sub-advised by institutional-quality hedge fund managers. »

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