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Hedgeweek Global Awards 2015 – The Winners

Tue, 07/04/2015 - 09:57

Read the complete list of Winners and profiles at the sixth edition of the Hedgeweek Awards, presented in London's Mayfair and sponsored by Morgan Stanley, which brought together the leading names in the global hedge funds industry to celebrate the achiev

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

Hedgeweek Global Awards 2015 – The Winners

Tue, 07/04/2015 - 10:01

The sixth edition of the Hedgeweek Awards, presented on 27 February in London’s Mayfair and sponsored by Morgan Stanley, brought together the leading names in the global hedge funds industry to celebrate the achievements of the best performing managers and service providers in 2014. The awards were determined by the votes of Hedgeweek’s subscribers, who include institutional investors, wealth managers, fund managers and other industry professionals at firms including fund administrators, prime brokers, custodians, law firms, custodians and advisers.  »

Stephen Rosen, Omni Macro

Omni Macro Fund – Best Macro Fund

Tue, 07/04/2015 - 10:11

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.  Stephen Rosen (pictured) is CIO and Founder of Omni Macro. He says that typically the team runs three to five trading strategies with one to three line items each.  »

Neil Weiner, Foxhill Capital Partners

Foxhill Capital Partners – Best Event Driven Distressed Manager

Tue, 07/04/2015 - 10:14

Foxhill Capital Partners LLC is an SEC-registered value-oriented event driven hedge fund with particular expertise in distressed and special situations. The firm is based in Princeton, New Jersey. It was established by Neil Weiner (pictured), CIO, in 2006, with the launch of the Foxhill Opportunity Fund, LP. »

Sven Bouman, Saemor Capital

Saemor Capital – Best Absolute Return Manager

Tue, 07/04/2015 - 10:19

Saemor Capital is a specialist in quantitative investment management. With approximately USD575m in AUM, Saemor is the second largest hedge fund manager in The Netherlands and is AIFMD-regulated. The Saemor Europe Alpha Fund has generated an 11 per cent return with 9 per cent volatility over the past 5 years, and was launched in 2008, when the firm was founded by Sven Bouman (pictured) and Patrick van de Laar with the backing of insurance company AEGON. The Fund follows an equity market neutral strategy and typically holds 225 positions.  »

 Stephane Berthet, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley – Best Managed Accounts Platform (joint winner)

Tue, 07/04/2015 - 10:24

2014 proved to be another strong year of growth for Morgan Stanley’s managed accounts platform, which saw assets increase from USD2.6bn to USD3.5bn.  From day one, Morgan Stanley’s managed account solution was clear: to deliver investor-centric bespoke solutions. As Stephane Berthet (pictured), Executive Director at Morgan Stanley and head of its FundLogic Alternatives platform says: “It goes beyond merely being a distribution platform,” which is the case with more of the long-standing public platforms that have traditionally been manager-centric. »

Derek Delaney, DMS Offshore Investment Services

DMS Offshore Investment Services – Best Offshore Regulatory Advisory Firm

Tue, 07/04/2015 - 10:27

DMS Offshore Investment Services (‘DMS’) Limited was established in the Cayman Islands by Don Seymour in 2000. Over the past 15 years it has grown into one of the industry’s leading fund governance firms with over 200 people. One of the big focuses for the firm is ongoing regulation, in particular AIFMD and FATCA. With respect to FATCA, DMS was able to steal a march on its competitors in 2014 by establishing a FATCA Responsible Officer (FRO) role, six months before anyone else.  »

Joan Kehoe, Quintillion

Quintillion – Best European Hedge Fund Administrator

Tue, 07/04/2015 - 10:30

Quintillion Limited is a European-based affiliate of U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, a global alternative administrator with assets under administration of USD117bn. Over the last 12 months, Quintillion has seen its AuA increase from USD18bn to USD25bn.  According to CEO Joan Kehoe (pictured), whilst Quintillion has always had great people and great technology, “the one thing we were missing as a private business was balance sheet. Our acquisition by U.S. Bancorp cured that problem!” »

Guillaume Jamet, Lyxor Asset Management

Lyxor Asset Management – Best Managed Futures (CTA) Manager & Best UCITS-compliant Fund

Tue, 07/04/2015 - 10:41

The Lyxor Epsilon Managed Futures Fund first launched back in 1997. It was only in 2011, as demand for UCITS-compliant alternative fund strategies started to grow in Europe, that Lyxor then decided to launch a regulated version of the flagship.  The Lyxor Epsilon Global Trend Fund is a daily liquidity UCITS IV-compliant fund. Both strategies are medium to long-term trend followers and between them total aggregate AUM is approximately USD300m (including managed account mandates). The UCITS fund currently has net assets of around USD60m.  »

Jack Seibald, Concept Capital Markets

Concept Capital Markets – Best North American Prime Broker

Tue, 07/04/2015 - 10:46

2014 was another encouraging year at Concept Capital Markets LLC, one of North America’s leading introducing brokers. »

James Shekerdemian, Global Head of Prime Brokerage Sales at Société Générale Prime Services

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

Tue, 07/04/2015 - 10:50

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.  »

Robin Sarkar, Senior Vice President – Liquid Alternatives Product Specialist at State Street Corporation

State Street – Best Liquid Alternatives Administrator

Tue, 07/04/2015 - 10:53

State Street’s liquid alternatives financing and servicing capability is well positioned to support asset managers, both traditional and alternative, who are looking to diversify their product range. It has built a state-of-the-art global platform that provides fully integrated reporting, compliance, accounting, custody, settlements and investment analytics.  »

Ron Geffner, Sadis & Goldberg

Sadis & Goldberg LLP – Best North American Law Firm

Tue, 07/04/2015 - 10:59

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.  »

Jorge Hendrickson, Opus Fund Services

Opus Fund Services – Best North American Hedge Fund Administrator

Tue, 07/04/2015 - 11:03

Multi-award-winning hedge fund administrator Opus Fund Services was established in Bermuda in 2006, subsequently expanding its footprint into the US with offices in Chicago (2008), San Francisco (2009), New York (2013) and most recently Portland (2014). It serves over 200 fund managers and 300+ funds with a combined AUM exceeding USD10bn. The service model offered by Opus is based on complexity made simple: ONE platform, ONE process, ONE price, ONE solution.  »

Marianne Scordel

The resurgence of the European hedge fund industry - Best European Business Consultant

Tue, 07/04/2015 - 11:12

By Marianne Scordel – When we wrote about the European hedge fund industry a year ago, we described several long-term trends that had emerged recently and were contributing to the re »

Andrew Lapkin, Hedgemark International

HedgeMark International – Best Managed Accounts Platform

Tue, 07/04/2015 - 11:16

2014 was a big year for New York-based HedgeMark International, LLC. On May 1, 2014 the firm became a wholly-owned subsidiary of BNY Mellon.  »

Cyril Delamare, ML Capital

ML Capital – Best UCITS Fund Platform

Tue, 07/04/2015 - 11:21

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.  »

Dr Laurence Wormald, COO and head of research APT, SunGard

SunGard – Best Risk Management Software Provider

Tue, 07/04/2015 - 11:23

SunGard’s APT solution models market risk, liquidity risk, and counterparty risk across both liquid and illiquid asset classes, supporting regulatory reporting, portfolio optimisation and performance analysis. According to Dr Laurence Wormald (pictured), COO and head of research APT, SunGard’s asset management business, the focus for hedge fund managers today is on making risk more strategic. »

Anthony Payne, Peregrine Communications

Peregrine Communications – Best European PR Firm

Tue, 07/04/2015 - 11:27

Peregrine Communications is a marketing communications agency focused on brand building, brand protection and lead generation for the asset management industry. The firm’s expertise spans four areas: the first is outsourced marketing. The Peregrine team takes responsibility for all aspects of a client’s marketing needs: brand conception, website, marketing collateral, video, newsletters, targeted advertising, investor facing events and media relations. »

David Kubilus, Maitland

Maitland – Best European Hedge Fund Administrator

Tue, 07/04/2015 - 11:30

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.  »

Ken Akoundi, ASPN Solutions

ASPN Solutions – Best Fund Accounting & Reporting Systems

Tue, 07/04/2015 - 11:33

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. »

Keith Parker, Head of Sales, Europe at PFS

Pacific Fund Systems – Best Managed Account Platform Technology

Tue, 07/04/2015 - 11:36

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. »

Philippe Buhannic, CEO of TradingScreen

TradingScreen – Best Asian Trading Venue

Tue, 07/04/2015 - 11:39

TradingScreen is a leading provider of electronic trading solutions. Through the innovative use of technology, TradingScreen delivers a proven execution management platform and a global network to access any market, any counterparty and trade any financial instrument, from anywhere. »

Stephen Burke, Cordium

Cordium – Best European Regulatory Advisory Firm

Tue, 07/04/2015 - 11:42

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. »

Jeffrey Rosenthal, Anchin Block & Anchin

Anchin Block & Anchin LLP – Best North American Accounting Firm

Tue, 07/04/2015 - 11:45

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.  »

Mike Rosen, ConceptOne

ConceptONE – Best North American Regulatory Advisory Firm

Tue, 07/04/2015 - 11:47

ConceptONE LLC specialises in regulatory and risk reporting, an area of expertise that is fast gaining prominence as alternative fund managers begin to comprehend the enormity of regulatory compliance. »

Jenifer Prosek, Prosek

Prosek – Best North American PR Firm

Tue, 07/04/2015 - 11:51

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.  »

Ben Chalice, Nomura

Nomura – Best Global Consultant in Business Strategy

Tue, 07/04/2015 - 12:16

As Asia’s only full service prime broker, Nomura is well positioned to provide access to this region. However, with more than 65 per cent of its wholesale revenues generated outside Japan in 2013/14, Nomura has a comprehensive global offering.  »

 David van Rooyen, co-founder, Pomerol Partners

Pomerol Partners – Best Data Visualisation Software Provider

Tue, 07/04/2015 - 12:19

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.  »

Jude Scott, CEO of Cayman Finance

Cayman Islands – Best Hedge Fund Services Jurisdiction

Tue, 07/04/2015 - 12:22

When it comes to representing the offshore hedge fund industry, the Cayman Islands remains the clear choice among practitioners and fund managers of all varieties. Its funds industry continues to do well. In 2013, for example, Cayman recorded a historical high of 11,379 funds.  Crucially, despite fears over regulation in markets such as Europe such as AIFMD, and what impact this could have on offshore markets, last year the jurisdiction closed the year with 11,010 funds which still represented one of the highest year-end numbers historically. »

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