Hedgeweek Global Awards 2014

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Hedgeweek Global Awards 2014

Hedgeweek Global Awards 2014 – The Winners

The winners of the Hedgeweek Global Awards 2014, as voted for by our readers… »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

European economic recovery drives optimism in 2014

The Hedgeweek Global Awards 2014 event, sponsored by Lyxor Asset Management and held at the end of February, featured winners from across the hedge funds spectrum who gathered in London’s Mayfair to celebrate a year of illustrious achievement. »

José Luis Pérez, Cygnus Asset management

Cygnus Asset Management – Best Event Driven Multi-Strategy Manager

The Europa Event Driven Fund is managed by José Luis Pérez. Pérez (pictured) aims to capture investment opportunities around corporate activity in Europe through inefficiencies and under or over-valuations relating to M&A, capital structure changes, spin-offs, regulatory changes, recapitalisations, restructurings and bankruptcies. »

Mark Decil, Jabre Capital Partners

Jabre Capital Partners – Best Relative Value Convertible Bond Manager

Philippe Jabre has been successfully managing convertible bonds for 30 years. Whilst at GLG Partners (between 1997 and 2006), Jabre honed his convertible bond strategy resulting in five funds with a combined AuM of USD7bn at its peak. In 2007, Jabre branched out and launched the JABCAP Convertible Bond Fund with founding partners, Mark Cecil (pictured) and Philippe Riachi. »

Florence Barjou, Lyxor Asset Management

Lyxor Asset Management – Best Absolute Return Manager

Lyxor Asset Management offers a range of risk-balanced funds in its Absolute Return Multi Assets (ARMA) strategy: ARMA was launched in May 2010 and aims to deliver EONIA plus 2 per cent p.a. with a volatility target of 3 per cent; ARMA 8 is a more aggressive version targeting returns of EONIA plus 6 to 10 per cent with a volatility target of 8 per cent. »

Dr Slim Feriani, Advance Emerging Capital

Advance Emerging Capital – Best Diversified Fund of Funds Manager

Advance Emerging Capital Limited is a London-based investment management company with a dedicated focus on global emerging and frontier growth market equities. The firm was established in 1996 by former Bank of England executive Nigel Wilson. In the early years, Advance Emerging Capital focused exclusively on emerging market equities. This remit was extended to include frontier market equities when Dr Slim Feriani (piuctured) took over the reins as CEO and CIO in 2005. »

Ken Heinz, HFR

Hedge Fund Research – Best Index Provider

Event-driven, equity hedge and activism were strong themes in 2013 and will likely continue in 2014 according to Kenneth Heinz (pictured), President of Hedge Fund Research. Activism was certainly a great trade in 2013; the HFRX Activist Index posted gains of 19.22 per cent. Equally, the HFRX Event-Driven Index gained 13.87 per cent and is already up 2.72 per cent YTD. »

Lonnie Macdonald, UMB Fund Services

UMB Fund Services – Best North American Hedge Fund Administrator

UMB Fund Services administrates approximately USD190bn of assets across its mutual funds and alternative funds business. Its alternative investment division has been supporting hedge funds, private equity funds, fund-of-funds since 1991. »

Marianne Scordell, Bougeville Consulting

European Hedge Funds: The age of wisdom?

By Marianne Scordell (pictured), Bougeville Consulting – “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness”, famously wrote Charles Dickens at the start of one of his novels, the title of which we borrowed last year1. While those words were seeking to describe another epoch, the sense of movement, upheaval and uncertainty they convey somehow echoes the array of changes currently impacting the hedge fund industry, in Europe especially. »

Philippe Ferreira, head of MAP Research & External Relations, Lyxor Asset Management

Lyxor Asset Management – Best Managed Accounts Platform

Lyxor Asset Management continues to push the envelope when it comes to bringing innovation to its market-leading managed account platform. Lyxor currently supports approximately 100 managers and over USD12bn in AuM, of which 80 managers sit on the commingled platform with a further 20 managers offering dedicated funds to institutional investors. »

Phil Griffiths, CEO of JP Fund Administration in Singapore

JP Fund Administration – Best Asian Hedge Fund Administrator

JP Fund Administration is part of the JP Funds Group with offices located in the Cayman Islands, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Singapore and representation in Australia. »

Liam Butler, Northern Trust

Northern Trust – Best European Hedge Fund Administrator

Helping clients access the widening spectrum of European hedge fund opportunities has culminated in Northern Trust Hedge Fund Services being voted ‘Best European Hedge Fund Administrator’. »

Jorge Hendrickson, Opus Fund Services

Opus Fund Services – Best Offshore Hedge Fund Administrator

Multiple award-winning hedge fund administrator Opus Fund Services was established in Bermuda in 2006, subsequently expanding its footprint into the US with offices in Chicago (2008), San Francisco (2009), New York (2013) and most recently Portland, OR (2014). Opus serves over 150 fund managers and 250 funds with a combined AuM of USD 8.3bn. »

Jack Seibald, managing member at Concept Capital Markets

Concept Capital Markets LLC – Best North American Prime Broker

“While new business momentum from start-up funds remains strong for our firm, the noticeable difference in our growth over the past couple of years has been the increasing traction we’ve had with more seasoned portfolio managers. Because these managers had successfully managed money at established hedge funds before, they are launching their own firms with materially larger initial capital than we had seen in previous years,” observes Jack Seibald (pictured), managing member at Concept Capital Markets LLC, one of North America’s leading introducing brokers. »

Matt Pinnock, BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas – Best European Prime Broker

BNP Paribas established its global prime services division in 2003 and, in more recent years the firm has made a concerted effort to build out the business. In 2008, BNP Paribas acquired the prime brokerage business of Bank of America, establishing a US footprint and client base. In 2011, the firm embarked on a technology upgrade and invested in a new global prime brokerage platform with a view to increasing its business in Europe and Asia. »

Jeroen Tielman, CEO and founder of IMQ Investment Management

IMQ Investment Management – Best Seeding Platform

Amsterdam-based hedge fund seeding firm IMQ is ready to embark on a new initiative as its current IMQubator fund begins to reach the end of its seven-year investment lifecycle; the fund will be liquidated in December 2015. »

Robert O'Boyle, Liquid Holdings

Liquid Holdings – Best Risk Management Software Provider

New York-based Liquid Holdings offers a significant real-time risk management solution to the hedge fund community. Its cloud-based Liquid platform integrates portfolio and risk analytics by leveraging the firm’s heritage in bringing next generation technology expertise to the hedge fund community. »

Roger Woolman, Advent Software

Advent Software – Best Fund Accounting & Reporting Services Firm

Advent Software has recently launched a new online community to bring the power of collaboration directly to hedge fund managers. Advent Direct Community is part of the Advent Direct initiative being rolled out by the firm, a cloud platform that allows clients to tailor and consolidate workflows from front to back. »

Dae Kim, SunGard

SunGard Hedge360 – Best Managed Accounts Technology Platform

SunGard’s cloud-based Hedge360 bridges the gap between front-, middle- and back-office operations and supports the full investment lifecycle for alternative investment fund managers. »

Dr Martin Reck, Cash Market Managing Director at Deutsche Börse

Xetra – Deutsche Börse Cash Market – Best European Trading Venue

Deutsche Börse Cash Market provides listing, trading and clearing services to issuers, intermediaries and investors. In addition, it provides efficient access to the capital markets, supports the latest trading techniques and provides an ever-growing range of tradable securities such as stocks, exchange traded funds, bonds, warrants and certificates. Xetra, one of the leading market places for securities in Europe, is run by Deutsche Börse Cash Market. »

Jeffrey Rosenthal, CPA, Partner-in-Charge of Anchin’s Financial Services Group

Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP – Best North American Accounting Firm

What is perhaps different to today’s start-up manager as compared to five years ago is the need to launch with greater amounts of capital. Moreover, they are doing so with a greater awareness of the need to adopt best practices from day one to stand a chance of attracting institutional dollars. »

Stephen Burke, Cordium

Cordium – Best European Regulatory Advisory Firm

The last few months have been a flurry of activity for Cordium. In December 2013 it acquired Sigma Partnership, a London-based compliance and accounting firm. This was followed by the acquisition of HedgeStart in January 2014, a multi-service provider to the hedge fund industry. Then last month Cordium acquired Zodiac Advisory Services, a Malta-based provider of compliance, risk, accounting and governance services. »

Don Seymour, DMS Offshore Investment Services

DMS Offshore Investment Services – Best Offshore Regulatory Advisory Firm

DMS Offshore Investment Services (‘DMS’) was established in the Cayman Islands by Don Seymour (pictured) in 2000. Over the past 14 years it has grown into one of the industry’s leading fund governance firms with over 200 people. “It’s been a 14-year overnight success,” says Seymour with tongue firmly in cheek. »

Anthony Payne, Peregrine Communications

Peregrine Communications – Best European Public Relations Firm

It’s been a barnstorming last few months for London-headquartered Peregrine Communications with some strong client wins including Acadian Asset Management, Wells Fargo Asset Management, Mirae Asset Global Investments and Rogge Global Partners. »

Don Steinbrugge, Agecroft Partners

Agecroft Partners LLC – Best Third-Party Marketing Firm

Agecroft Partners specialises in consulting and third-party marketing for hedge funds. Its objective: to raise assets globally for institutional quality hedge fund managers by utilising a consultative approach within the institutional investor community. »

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