The 'Hedgeweek Global Awards 2018' special report comprises 23 separate articles listed below, these can be read individually or as a sequence.

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Hedge fund industry alive & kicking

Hedge fund industry alive & kicking

Another year and, I’m pleased to say, another fantastic Global Hedgeweek Awards event. There was a lot to be cheerful about for this year’s winners, who once again demonstrated that creativity and innovation, not to mention a commitment to excellence, are alive and kicking in the hedge fund industry.

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JonesTrading - Best Outsourced Trading Provider

JonesTrading - Best Outsourced Trading Provider

JonesTrading’s heritage goes back seven decades following the Great Crash. George Jones, Sr, the grandfather of current chairman, William “Packy” Jones, was one of the principals of equity brokerage firm, Mitchum & Tully, later to become Mitchum, Jones & Templeton in the 1950s. Jones Sr helped grow the firm into the largest equity brokerage headquartered outside of New York. The firm’s outsourced trading office is based in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Align - Best Global Cloud Services Provider

Align - Best Global Cloud Services Provider

For over 30 years, Align has been building intelligent technology infrastructures, networks and private clouds, in various industries throughout the world. Over that time, much has changed in the industry as technology advances have re-shaped and re-imagined what is capable in the world of fund investing. Speaking with Hedgeweek, Vinod Paul, Chief Operating Officer of Align, refers to two key milestones in 2017:

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UMB Fund Services - Best Liquid Alternatives ’40 Act Fund Administrator

UMB Fund Services - Best Liquid Alternatives ’40 Act Fund Administrator

Whereas a few years ago, managers were jumping in to the ’40 Act mutual fund market to either launch standalone alternative mutual funds or become sub-advisors to multi-manager products, the fact is that there are so many regulations, that trying to replicate a hedge fund strategy – or even a diluted version of it – is difficult.

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Harneys - Best Offshore Law Firm

Harneys - Best Offshore Law Firm

Harneys operates through 14 international locations and its global funds practice advises on all aspects of offshore investment funds, establishment, maintenance and restructuring both in distressed and planned scenarios. The firm’s global investment funds practice continued to grow in 2017, particularly in Cayman and Hong Kong. Harneys is now fully entrenched in the Cayman Islands, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Its market disrupter approach and mentality has taken the offshore investment funds market by storm.

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Altana Wealth - Best Niche Hedge Fund

Altana Wealth - Best Niche Hedge Fund

In Monaco back in 2013 – when bitcoin was priced at USD100 – Alistair Milne, an Internet entrepreneur since 1996, approached Lee Robinson with the idea to launch an innovative digital currency hedge fund. What resulted, in May 2014, was the Altana Digital Currency Fund (ADCF), the first actively managed, multi-asset cryptocurrency fund of its kind in Europe.

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ML Capital - Best UCITS Liquid Alternatives Fund & Best UCITS Liquid Alternatives Platform

ML Capital - Best UCITS Liquid Alternatives Fund & Best UCITS Liquid Alternatives Platform

A lot has transpired since ML Capital founded its Irish-domiciled MontLake UCITS platform in October 2010 during the first wave of the alternative UCITS boom. From launching with just a single UCITS Fund, ML Capital finished 2017 with 25 UCITS funds on the Platform and over USD5 billion in Group AUM, and now sits as one of industry’s most visible and successful players.