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eVestment/HFN Q2 hedge fund administrator survey: European fiscal challenges weighing on otherwise positive year

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: eVestment|HFN has released the 11th edition of their Hedge Fund Administrator Survey, a semi-annual publication and a measuring stick of the administration industry’s hedge fund and alternatives businesses, including regional representations. Survey data shows that while the year overall has been positive, concerns over Europe still loom large. The survey also found that the trend of consolidation of assets towards the largest hedge fund firms is being mirrored in the alternative administration industry. The consolidation of the administration industry through acquisitions is being driven by economies of scale as regulation and more sophisticated services reduce margins.

Firms were asked to submit total assets under administration (AuA) and the regional breakdown of their hedge fund clients, as well as for funds of hedge funds, hedge fund UCITS structures, hedge fund managed accounts and all other alternative investment structures. Forty-five firms submitted results, including all of the ten largest, which alone account for 85% of total administered hedge fund assets. The survey found that firms reported $2.819tn in single manager hedge fund AuA for 12,130 hedge funds. Citco, State Street and BNY Mellon topped the league tables with a combined $1.3tn in AuA while the top five firms reported $1.8tn in single manager hedge fund AuA.

Single manager hedge fund AuA grew by 5.0% in the first half of 2012, a reversal from the decrease seen ......................

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