The 'Hedgeweek Global Awards 2015 – The Winners' special report comprises 29 separate articles listed below, these can be read individually or as a sequence.

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Omni Macro Fund – Best Macro Fund

Omni Macro Fund – Best Macro Fund

Omni Macro Fund is a discretionary global macro fund trading instruments at the most liquid end of the spectrum. Roughly 50 per cent of the Fund’s positions are in FX (developed market-heavy), with the rest of the portfolio trading commodities, equity indices and front-end rates and bond futures. 

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Maitland – Best European Hedge Fund Administrator

Maitland – Best European Hedge Fund Administrator

Maitland is an independent third party fund administrator with over USD200bn in assets under administration. To be seen as a viable partner to hedge fund managers today, administrators need to offer a comprehensive range of products and services. This is particularly important in light of the regulatory environment that has emerged in recent years, with the AIFM Directive representing a key challenge. 

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ASPN Solutions – Best Fund Accounting & Reporting Systems

ASPN Solutions – Best Fund Accounting & Reporting Systems

ASPN Solutions (The Alternative Share Private Network “ASPN”) is a comprehensive front, middle, and back office solution designed to empower institutional investors to build, execute and monitor multi-manager hedge fund portfolios. Developed within Protégé Partners, a FoHF manager that invests in emerging managers and seeds new managers, and the same team that built Altvest, the first internet hedge fund database, ASPN is the first end-to-end solution that can run on any device or operating system.

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Pacific Fund Systems – Best Managed Account Platform Technology

Pacific Fund Systems – Best Managed Account Platform Technology

Pacific Fund Systems (PFS) is a global leader in supporting investment fund accounting and administration through its integrated share registry/fund accounting platform, PFS-PAXUS and its real-time web portal, PFS-CONNECT. Rather than having an administrator rely on multiple systems, PFS-PAXUS delivers true integration using a single database infrastructure to deliver greater workflow efficiencies, reduced risk, and more timely valuations. The PFS-PAXUS platform is continually evolving with PFS releasing two major system upgrades per annum. In 2014 both upgrades contained significant new regulatory-related functionality including the full automation in the system for AIFMD Annex IV and FATCA reporting.

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Cordium – Best European Regulatory Advisory Firm

Cordium – Best European Regulatory Advisory Firm

2014 was a busy year for Cordium, not least because of the uncertainty that arose around the implementation of the AIFM Directive. Originally, the FCA had set the registration deadline for UK AIFMs to be 22 January, before eventually accepting HM Treasury’s interpretation of the law and setting 21 July 2014 as the final filing deadline. As Stephen Burke (pictured), Managing Director, EMEA, reflects: “Our clients were continuing to look at what the deadlines were, what they needed to do and by when. It was a significant issue for them.”

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Anchin Block & Anchin LLP – Best North American Accounting Firm

Anchin Block & Anchin LLP – Best North American Accounting Firm

For the fifth consecutive year, the Best North American Accounting Firm is Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP. With a staff of more than 350 and numerous specialised industry and service teams, Anchin is a full-service accounting, tax and advisory firm that provides investment companies, privately-held businesses, and high net worth individuals with a wide range of traditional and non-traditional services. 

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Société Générale Prime Services (Newedge) – Best European Prime Broker

Société Générale Prime Services (Newedge) – Best European Prime Broker

Celebrating its 150th year anniversary in 2014, Société Générale took the decision in May 2014 to buy out Credit Agricole’s 50 per cent stake in Newedge, a leading Prime Broker in Equities, Fixed Income, Listed and OTC Products. Newedge is now able to leverage the strengths of Société Générale and operate as a full-scale prime services business under the new moniker, Société Générale Prime Services. 

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Prosek – Best North American PR Firm

Prosek – Best North American PR Firm

At New York-headquartered Prosek, the tag line is to “unbox communications” and deliver unique, unconventional strategies for financial firms. At the helm is Managing Partner and CEO Jennifer Prosek (pictured), who built Prosek from a small Connecticut PR company to an international communications consultancy with offices in London and a number of key partnerships with agencies in Asia and South America. 

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Sadis & Goldberg LLP – Best North American Law Firm

Sadis & Goldberg LLP – Best North American Law Firm

Sadis & Goldberg LLP is one of New York’s leading financial services-focused law firms. The Financial Services Group is headed up by partner Ron Geffner (pictured) and consists of a team of 13 seasoned legal professionals. They routinely handle a diverse range of enquiries providing legal counsel to several hundred investment advisers, broker-dealers and commodity pool operators running hedge funds, private equity funds, venture capital funds and separately managed accounts. 

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Pomerol Partners – Best Data Visualisation Software Provider

Pomerol Partners – Best Data Visualisation Software Provider

Pomerol Partners is a global business intelligence consulting firm that specialises in advanced data visualisations. The firm builds business toolsets, such as dashboards, to help senior executives make informed decisions. While it sounds straightforward, the financial services industry faces such complexity and fragmentation of data that getting a clear picture of what is driving profits up (or down) is nearly impossible. 

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ML Capital – Best UCITS Fund Platform

ML Capital – Best UCITS Fund Platform

2014 was a great year for ML Capital. Following a period of successful asset raising and a number of fund launches, firm-wide assets broke through the USD1bn barrier to reach USD1.2bn. The distribution and European-regulated fund structuring specialist has achieved more than 100 per cent growth every year since it was established in 2009.