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The fund of hedge funds business: a business where people don’t age

Monday, May 19, 2014

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Alain De Coster
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva:

Alain De Coster has been managing equity long/short assets since 1994. He is a principal of ABS, a fund of funds house specialized in global equity long/short strategies. The firm also focuses on early investments with small to mid-size investment managers. in a recent Opalesque Radio interview with Sona Blessing, he explains how his fund of hedge funds business gets results, and how he manages early-stage investments, which involves lots of recycling.

Funds of hedge funds (FoHF) are the best gatekeepers, he said. "They know the industry, they have a lot of experience evaluating managers… They have a better alignment of interest (with investors) than service providers because we all want our businesses to be successful."

"So small and mid-size managers should be happy to have a FoHF looking at them and giving them advice," he adds.

FoHFs are also the place where investors discover the new stars, he continues, and as that never lasts forever, the FoHF business is a business where people don’t age – as those that age start a new business.

"We like to have managers manage a portfolio, and when they start running a business, we tend to basically recycle them, and go back to managers managing a portfolio," De Coster explains.

Indeed, ABS believes that size ......................

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