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Other Voices: The future of hedge fund regulation: Q&A with Ezra Zask and Gaurav Jetley of Analysis Group

Friday, July 17, 2009

The Obama administration’s proposal for a financial regulatory overhaul continues to send shockwaves through the financial services sector. The virtually unregulated hedge fund and alternative investment industry is likely to receive heightened government oversight under any reform efforts. As this scenario unfolds, the usually low-profile hedge fund community has stepped up its presence in Washington with the goal of influencing new regulations. Despite this renewed outreach, there remains little doubt that this sector will soon face further restrictions both in the U.S. and abroad. These reforms will affect a wide range of issues including registration, transparency, risk management, investor relations, derivatives, due diligence, and capital requirements.

Hedge fund experts Ezra Zask, an affiliate with Analysis Group and former hedge fund manager, and Gaurav Jetley, a vice president at Analysis Group who specializes in securities valuation and risk management, answer pressing questions about the future of hedge fund regulation and litigation:

Will the reforms that have recently been proposed by the Obama administration be approved by Congress and become law?

Zask: “Yes, in some shape or form. The majority of time spent over the last few weeks has centered on figuring out exactly what the provisions of the legislation should be, like the level of disclosure and registration. There is a significant amount of public scrutiny and international pr......................

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