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Kenmar and RBS launch commodity fund of funds in Ucits format

Tue, 16/11/2010 - 10:08

The Kenmar Group and the Royal Bank of Scotland have launched what they believe to be the first ever commodity fund of funds in a Ucits III format. »

Market

Consistency shows signs of returning as secondary market hits six month high

Tue, 16/11/2010 - 06:28

The highest average trade price in six months may signal the return of stability to the secondary hedge fund market, according to the October edition of the Hedgebay index. »

Bank counters

Financial services deals up 55 per cent as private equity activity accelerates

Tue, 16/11/2010 - 06:15

Deal activity in the financial services sector is showing signs of recovery as bank restructuring continues to accelerate and private equity firms start to play a bigger role in the sector again for the first time since the economic crisis. »

Nina Kleinbongartz,  product manager for alternative investments in Europe with Citi Global Transaction Services

Global focus on depositaries

Mon, 15/11/2010 - 17:22

In the wake of the financial crisis and economic downturn that have shaken the alternative investment industry over the past few years, fund managers and service providers face new challenges in restoring impetus to the sector – not least in Europe, where a new regulatory environment will be ushered in by the European Union’s Directive on Alternative Investment Fund Managers, says Nina Kleinbongartz, product manager for alternative investments in Europe with Citi Global Transaction Services. »

James Eldershaw, director, PFS

Serving administrators ‘outside the box’

Mon, 15/11/2010 - 17:18

The number of third-party administrators in Luxembourg has been swelled by the emergence of middle-tier firms that can now compete with the mega-administrators on a global basis and are establishing a presence in leading European fund centres, says James Eldershaw (pictured), director with PFS. »

Luxembourg

Crisis brings new focus for service providers

Mon, 15/11/2010 - 17:14

By Simon Gray – The financial crisis and economic downturn of the past three years have brought fundamental changes for managers of hedge funds and other alternative investments, but also for their service providers such as administrators and custodians. A mix of changing demands from investors and increased regulatory oversight of the industry is putting pressure on providers, not least to product more detailed, frequent and up-to-date information and to demonstrate their capability to act as a backstop against mismanagement or outright fraud. »

Keith Hale, global head of transfer agency, Multifonds

At the heart of fund industry change

Mon, 15/11/2010 - 17:07

Prior to the global financial crisis, the investment fund industry was focused mainly on revenue growth, on the back of good returns based on an ever-widening range of fund structures, asset classes and global jurisdictions. In the light of current reduced returns, the industry’s focus is more on cutting costs. As a result, reduced cost of IT ownership and operational efficiency from a common processing model are high on the agenda, often facilitated by platform consolidation to remove the cost of a patchwork of systems and processes, says Keith Hale (pictured), global head of transfer agency at Multifonds. »

Mariusz Baranowski, former managing director of Custom House Fund Services (Luxembourg)

Global operations require local focus

Mon, 15/11/2010 - 17:02

The global fund industry has not yet returned to the heights of the boom years before 2007 – indeed, it may never do – but over the past year the mood in the sector has markedly improved. Especially in Luxembourg, there are signs aplenty of renewed confidence that business is coming back to a centre that has built on its reputation as a retail fund domicile to carve out an important niche in the alternative sector as well, says Mariusz Baranowski (pictured), the former managing director of Custom House Fund Services (Luxembourg). »

Remi Chevalier, partner, Chevalier and Sciales

The AIFMD and third-country managers

Mon, 15/11/2010 - 16:58

Agreement after some 18 months of debate and negotiation on the Directive on Alternative Investment Fund Managers, which will create a single market for the marketing of alternative funds to professional investors throughout the European Union, offers new opportunities for Luxembourg as a fund domicile and servicing centre, say Rémi Chevalier (pictured) and Olivier Sciales, partners with Chevalier and Sciales in Luxembourg. »

Luxembourg

SIF success augurs well for Luxembourg under AIFM Directive

Mon, 15/11/2010 - 16:50

By Simon Gray – The vote in Brussels by the European Parliament on November 11 to approve the EU’s Directive on Alternative Investment Fund Managers, sealing the passage of the much-debated legislation into law, appears set to boost the position of Luxembourg as a domicile and servicing centre for hedge funds, according to members of the alternative fund industry in the grand duchy. »

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