London Hedge Fund Services 2012

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Will Smith, Head of European Capital Introductions, Morgan Stanley

London’s ‘entrepreneurial village’ continues to produce high quality managers

By James Williams – Given London’s mantle as Europe’s leading hedge fund centre, it perhaps comes as a surprise that last year’s best performing UK hedge fund wasn’t based there at all, but rather a city more famous for its sleepy spires and cloistered colleges: Oxford. »

Oliver Godwin, partner, Ogier

Ogier to open Luxembourg office as co-domiciliation gathers pace

One of the potential consequences of the AIFM Directive is that fund managers, particularly those with a largely European investor base, may look to supplement existing offshore platforms with parallel onshore structures. But as Oliver Godwin (pictured), a partner based in Ogier's London office, points out, the Cayman Islands remain the pre-eminent fund jurisdiction for London hedge fund managers. »

Richard Frase, partner, Dechert

London retains pole position despite winds of change

By James Williams – Every which way you look in Europe there seems to be a new piece of legislation lurking via the corridors of Brussels, with a specific aim of targeting hedge funds. To say it is disproportionate is an understatement. Nevertheless, London’s hedge fund community cannot change the reality of the situation: regulation is not going to go away. It’s a case of embracing it and understanding it, whilst at the same ensuring their business operations remain steadfastly competitive. »

Robert Mellor, partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Tax highlights for 2012 and beyond

By Robert Mellor (pictured) and Gary Burr, PwC – With the Christmas season only recently behind us, thoughts don’t easily turn to matters of taxation. However, changes to tax rules in various jurisdictions around the world, both proposed and already legislated for 2012 and beyond, are likely to demand hedge fund managers’ attention sooner rather than later. »

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