Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:
Viteos, a global fund administrator and outsourced middle office service provider has released a new white paper detailing the business case to hedge funds for outsourcing shadow accounting functions. Shadow accounting in one form or another is part and parcel of hedge fund operations. According to Viteos, moving that function to an outsourced provider can help mid-sized funds grow assets and realize greater cost efficiencies.
Not only are strategies more complex -- paper authors note -- so are compliance requirements and scalability demands. In-house shadow accounting operations run the risk of being behind the curve on new regulations, or in learning new asset classes. Unlike in-house teams which must respond to a variety of mandates, outsourced shadow accountants can focus on reconciliations, learning new systems, and providing that expertise back to clients.
Authors say that adding this layer of infrastructure to a fund can also aid in attracting institutional size investors that look out for more independent operations. Service providers in the area are also able to provide many of the in-house customizations hedge funds use to evaluate their investment opportunities. As with any professional relationship, in order for outsourced shadow accounting to be successful, firms will have to go through a due diligence process with potential providers and assure aligned interests.
The full paper is available ......................
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