The 'Hedgeweek Global Awards 2019' special report comprises 23 separate articles listed below, these can be read individually or as a sequence.

In Focus

Expect more volatility in 2019

Expect more volatility in 2019

The ability to deliver compelling alpha to hedge fund investors gets ever harder but those who bring a disciplined, resilient approach to their investment strategies, and stick to their convictions, stand out from the crowd. And what a crowd it is, with more than 10,000 hedge funds in the marketplace. 

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Align - Best Global Cyber-Security Services Provider

Align - Best Global Cyber-Security Services Provider

Cyber security is a relatively new compliance requirement in the investment management space. Align sees cyber security as a multi-factorial phenomenon and thus its team takes a multi-disciplinary approach to providing comprehensive solutions to the cyber security challenges investment managers face day-to-day, as well as within the context of their capital raising, ODD and compliance activities.

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MontLake - Best UCITS Liquid Alternatives Platform

MontLake - Best UCITS Liquid Alternatives Platform

The firm behind this year’s best UCITS liquid alternatives platform, ML Capital, is undergoing a rebrand and as of March 2019 will be known as MontLake. “After extensive research, we recognised that the marketplace knows the company more prominently as MontLake through our award-winning platform, rather than as ML Capital. After much deliberation, we have decided to change our name,” says Cyril Delamare, CEO of MontLake.

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Agecroft Partners - Best Global Third Party Marketing Firm

Agecroft Partners - Best Global Third Party Marketing Firm

Agecroft has changed the model of hedge fund third party marketing,” says Don Steinbrugge, Agecroft Partners Founder and CEO. “Most third-party marketing models are based on leveraging personal relationships and doing extensive entertaining. Ours has been to build a global brand with a reputation as an industry thought leader, strong institutional investment knowledge and representing very high quality managers.” 

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

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

During 2018 UMB Fund Services continued to see growth in liquid alternatives and was able to further solidify its position as a leading administrator for registered alternative products. Over the course of the year the firm successfully partnered with clients to bring to the marketplace complex and innovative registered products, such as unlisted closed-end funds (also known as interval or tender-offer funds), as interest in these products continues to grow. 

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Cowen Prime Services - Best Outsourced Trading Provider

Cowen Prime Services - Best Outsourced Trading Provider

This year’s best outsourced trading provider succeeded in keeping its ship steady and maintaining a high level of client service through the financial market turbulence experienced early and late in the year. This, according to Jack Seibald (pictured), managing director and global co-head, prime brokerage & outsourced trading, was one of Cowen Prime Services’s best achievements over the course of the year.

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BNY Mellon HedgeMark - Best Managed Accounts Platform

BNY Mellon HedgeMark - Best Managed Accounts Platform

Last year marked a strong year for BNY Mellon’s HedgeMark business. The firm ended the year with 105 dedicated managed accounts (DMAs). Crossing the 100 DMA milestone has set the pace for the firm’s trajectory for growth. In 2018, HedgeMark also won a number of institutional mandates from large global clients and saw its platform assets increase by more than USD4 billion.

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AlternativeSoft - Best Risk Management Software Firm

AlternativeSoft - Best Risk Management Software Firm

AlternativeSoft is a multi-award-winning quantitative analytics software specialising in asset selection, portfolio construction and customised reporting. It is the only analytical tool on the market that allows users to build and manage a universe with data easily imported from any source including Bloomberg, Morningstar, Albourne, HFR, EurekaHedge, HFM, Preqin and many more.