Chris Gosselin From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:
Australian hedge funds have been setting up offices in Asia, particularly in Hong Kong and Singapore over the past 12 months, with the primary aim of being closer to investors from North America and Europe travelling to Asia, claimed Chris Gosselin of Australian Fund Monitors during the recent Opalesque Australia Roundtable held in Melbourne.
"Focusing on where your investors are is an important factor for a hedge fund manager in Australia," Gosselin said. "Local managers have a choice of targeting retail, high net-worth or local or offshore institutional investors."
Participants at the Australian Roundtable, sponsored by Eurex, SunGard and Australian Fund Monitors, discussed the type of investors who preferred Australian hedge funds.
Gosselin further commented that the challenge of travel and time zones that are frequently faced by offshore investors have lessened over the years. Travelling to Asia is less of an issue. "Asia is eight to ten hours away, so that's much easier compared to someone who is coming from Switzerland or the U.S. having to travel for up to twenty four hours."
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