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Matthew Reinhard, Miller & Chevalier

Investing in trouble – the risks to hedge funds of international corruption

Sun, 11/03/2012 - 10:20

To date hedge funds have largely escaped the impact of the increasing scope and aggressive enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by the US Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission. However, Matthew Reinhard, a member at Washington, DC law firm Miller & Chevalier, argues that hedge fund firms must monitor two large FCPA risk areas: inbound investment into and outbound investment by the fund… »

Rupert Worsdale, partner, Maitland

SA budget commits to a broad investment manager exemption

Mon, 27/02/2012 - 10:30

A welcome inclusion in South Africa’s national budget on Wednesday was a further commitment to a broad-based investment manager exemption, says Rupert Worsdale (pictured), partner with Maitland, London… »

Stephanie Kretz, Lomabrd Odier

European equity markets are incredibly cheap

Tue, 14/02/2012 - 19:53

European equity markets are ‘incredibly cheap’ but investors should ‘remain cautious’, says Stephanie Kretz, a member of the Investment Strategy Team for Private Banking at Lombard Odier… »

Barry Norris, Partner, Argonaut Capital Partners

Europe defies the doom-mongers

Mon, 13/02/2012 - 22:58

Barry Norris (pictured), Partner, Argonaut Capital Partners and Manager of the Ignis Argonaut European Alpha Fund, on how the Eurozone is defying the doom-mongers… »

Jerome Booth, Head of Research, Ashmore Investment Management

Unwinding global imbalances

Thu, 09/02/2012 - 09:31

The most likely path for unwinding global imbalances over the medium term is through appreciation of EM currencies versus G10 currencies, says Jerome Booth, Head of Research, and Jan Dehn, Strategist at Ashmore Investment Management… »

Lou Sala, chief executive, Capital Markets practice, WTP Advisors

Hallmarks of a successful hedge fund in 2012

Wed, 08/02/2012 - 07:59

Lou Sala, chief executive of the Capital Markets practice at WTP Advisors, says that in the wake of the Madoff scandal, due diligence processes that were once little more than box-ticking exercises have become a searching and in some respects painful examination for hedge fund managers. »

Noeleen Ruddy, senior counsel, structured products and capital markets group, Walkers

Ireland extends its commodity fund offering

Tue, 07/02/2012 - 07:46

By Petrina Smyth and Noeleen Ruddy (pictured) – As a leading jurisdiction for the establishment of investment funds and structured finance vehicles, Ireland has seen commodity funds established for many years using regulated Qualifying Investor Funds, ranging from funds investing in precious metals to agricultural crop funds. »

Mark Zuckerberg, Founder, FaceBook

Where should Facebook list?

Fri, 03/02/2012 - 16:52

Dear Mark Zuckerberg,   Congratulations on your IPO filing.  We understand that you are faced with a difficult decision soon on where to list your stock. »

Jonathan Piper, partner, DLA Piper

Tiffin vs Lester Aldridge LLP

Wed, 01/02/2012 - 22:33

The UK Court of Appeal has today handed down judgment in a case which considers the circumstances in which an individual who enters into a members' agreement in a limited liability partnership may be considered to be an employee. Jonathan Exten-Wright, employment partner, DLA Piper explains… »

Seth Merrin, CEO, Liquidnet

Deutsche Boerse-NYSE Euronext merger would ‘bring nothing to institutional investors’

Wed, 01/02/2012 - 14:42

Seth Merrin (pictured), CEO of Liquidnet, comments on reports the European Competition Commissioner, Joaquin Almunia, is to block the planned merger of Deutsche Boerse and NYSE Euronext… »

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