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State Street finds hedge fund investors dictate change in industry

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:

Patrick Hayes, head of hedge fund operations, Ireland for State Street’s International Fund Services (IFS), is in an excellent position to assess developments in the global hedge fund industry. Some 1000 people work for State Street’s IFS in Dublin, where the hedge fund business administers some circa $330bn of the $680bn of funds under State Street’s global remit. These figures were augmented through last year’s purchase of Goldman Sachs’ fund administration business.

State Street has recently conducted a research project with Preqin of almost 200 hedge fund managers in North America, Europe and Asia and the findings reveal that the alternatives industry is set to change dramatically over the next five years.

Drivers for change are led these days by investors, who are becoming increasingly sophisticated and demanding of fund managers in this space. Hayes says: "One of the messages coming through loud and clear in the study is that the investor is a key driver. They are demanding more around transparency at 53%, followed by more favourable fee structures and liquidity."

Hayes says that the old days of a standard 2 and 20 fee structure has changed over the last five years, with investors requiring a more bespoke approach to fees. Their demands for liquidity, with 29% of hedge fund managers in Europe citing investor demand for more liquidity, means that S......................

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