Hiring of fundraising and distribution professionals by alternative asset management firms reached an all-time high of 336 total moves in the third quarter, according to data tracked by Context Jensen Partners.
This is up by more than a third from the previous high of 251 moves in Q2 and Q1. Context Jensen Partners (CJP) is a global corporate advisory and executive search firm that recruits capital raising talent for alternative investment managers.
“Alternative asset managers are maturing their distribution platforms at a fast pace,” says Sasha Jensen, Founder & CEO of Context Jensen Partners. “The hiring we’ve seen over the last quarter speaks volumes about the next phase of asset raising sophistication, which has manifested in a bout of investor channel focused marketing recruiting.”
Overall, alternative marketing moves in the third quarter increased by 45.5 per cent from Q3 2016 and by 141.9 per cent from Q3 2015. Many different types of alternative investment firms ramped up their marketing activity, with Private Equity (84 moves), Hedge Funds (81 moves) and Multi-Asset Managers (75 moves) leading the way. The sector with the biggest spike in growth was Private Credit, which increased 81.0 per cent to 38 marketing moves in Q3 compared to 21 moves in Q2.
The quarterly newsletter provides data and insights on the current fundraising environment for alternative investment managers, including hedge funds, private equity firms, multi-asset managers, real estate managers and third-party marketing firms. Since January 2014, CJP has tracked approximately 3,500 distribution hiring data across the alternative asset management industry.