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In transition: hedge funds and transparency part one

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:

Since 2008, a number of factors have shifted for hedge funds, from markets to regulation to investor demands. In one sense, these shifts are par for the course for any investment company. In another, the convergence of particular trends after such a big correction may have a more lasting impact than any market participant could have imagined. 2014 is slated to be the first real test year for a number of critical provisions of Dodd-Frank, and in Europe the AIFMD, EMIR and proposed banking union will only add to that overhead. No one including the regulators themselves are fully aware of how all of this will play out.

Newly extra-protected investors now also find themselves confronted with more information than they’ve ever had before. Hedge funds have always been purveyors of smarts, but now that investors and regulators have a more complete view will they be better off? In this series we will look at how changes in due diligence and regulation are impacting investors and funds.

Investors – particularly institutions – responded to 2008 by trying to get greater control on investment company operations. Due diligence questionnaires shifted from a few check boxes about strategy and a background check to a granular look at business processes and risk metrics. Independent operational due diligence experts were brought in to suss out any red flags that could head off the next Bernie Madoff or MF Global. For hedge funds that wan......................

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