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Citco reports rapid evolution in the hedge fund arena

Friday, March 23, 2012

Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: William Keunen, Global Director of fund administrators Citco Fund Services reports that he is seeing a revitalised hedge fund industry with fund launches and managers coming off proprietary trading desks and out of hedge funds. "Of course it takes longer to get started now, the bar is higher and raising capital is no bed of roses, but the battered markets have not deterred managers from going it alone" he said.

Principal changes that he is seeing include:

  • Closer cooperation between managers, investors and service providers to raise public awareness about the industry. This has always been an uphill battle but Keunen is encouraged to see investors joining industry associations such as AIMA and the MFA engaging with Washington and Brussels.

  • Investors looking for customised access to good managers through innovative portfolio construction, with a specific strategy mix, information flow, liquidity and fee level, increasingly combining standard funds of funds portfolios with managed accounts, advisory mandates, 'funds of one’ and structured products. Correspondingly, the desire to access new investor markets will lead to the set-up of regulated onshore funds and wrappers, even Chinese feeders.

  • Service providers becoming more integral to the delivery of risk information to investo......................

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