Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:
The UK remains the largest hub for European hedge fund investment according to new research from global research firm, Prequin. The UK is home to nearly 40% of European institutional investors in hedge funds. Switzerland follows the UK with 22% of hedge fund investors located there. Switzerland's investor base of insurance, private banking and pension funds remains active in the hedge fund space, and there are new centers of activity emerging.
Paris and the Netherlands are growing as a newer investor base for hedge funds although both areas still remain somewhat cautious about getting involved with alternatives. The hedge fund investor base in both countries remains in the single digits but that hasn't stopped new funds from launching. According to a report from Risk.net, former Societe General executives have recently joined forces on a new multi-commodity discretionary hedge fund that will be managed from Paris.
According to Prequin's data, European institutional investors remain committed to investing in hedge funds despite turbulent markets and somewhat choppy returns. Nearly half of respondents in ......................
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