London Hedge Fund Services 2011

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Articles

David Butler, founder member, Kinetic

Hedge fund sector demonstrates staying power – for now

By Simon Gray - After a year in which some reports suggested that London’s hedge fund industry was about to up sticks and move en masse to Switzerland, there are still few signs that the city’s dominance within Europe is coming to an end. The number of actual departures so far is small even if some of the names involved have been high-profile; meanwhile the ranks of the industry are being swelled by a surge of start-up operations launched by individuals exiting existing asset managers or the proprietary trading desks of investment banks. »


Simon Dinning, managing partner, Ogier, London

Clouds start to lift for London managers

By Simon Dinning - The past year, like the two or three before it, has been a difficult one for the hedge fund industry in London, but there are signs of positive activity as the number of new fund launches continues to increase. A significant forward stride has brought some resolution on one of the industry’s biggest headaches over the past two years, the European Union’s Directive on Alternative Investment Fund Managers. While not perfect, it is in much better shape than many dared hope. »


Julian Korek, founding member, Kinetic Partners

‘Feel-better’ factor returns for London’s hedge fund managers

By Simon Gray - No-one is ready to say that the good times have returned for London’s hedge fund industry, but professionals say the sector is definitely on the mend after the traumas of the past three years, when a near-across the board slump in performance and a resulting wave of investor redemptions sent the industry worldwide assets plunging by at least 30 per cent (possibly more) from peak to trough. Today the trend remains resolutely in the other direction. »


Chris Cattermole, Geneva sales manager, Advent Software EMEA

Managers rethink structures and processes

By Chris Cattermole - The hedge fund industry is experiencing change as a result of money from pension funds and other institutions flowing back into the market. In the past this money would go principally to large firms with upward of USD5bn in assets under management, but in the current environment mid-tier to large managers with lower asset totals are also starting to benefit. »


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