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Investor interest in seeding hedge funds doubles to 21% in 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Opalesque Industry Update - Difficult fundraising conditions have fuelled demand for seed capital injections that investors are increasingly keen to meet.

The latest Preqin survey shows that the number of hedge fund investors expressing an interest in seed investments has almost doubled, from 11% in 2009 to 21% in 2010. Investors feel that the benefits of investing in these funds, such as fund ownership, fee negotiations and early access to the next generation of hedge funds, far outweigh the disadvantages in the current climate. Seed investments are also evolving post-crisis, as investors award seed capital to more established vehicles that may have encountered fundraising difficulties or lost assets through the crisis.

Other Survey Findings:

• Investors are setting higher barriers to entry for their fund managers, with the proportion of investors that would consider

investing with managers with a track record of two years or less falling from over 50% in 2009 to 38% in 2010.

• Investors are more willing to invest in smaller funds. In 2009, 25% would only consider investing in funds with at least $500 million in assets under management. In 2010, this figure has fallen to 19%.

• 72% of funds of hedge funds on the Preqin database will invest with an emerging manager and a further 13% would consider such an investment.

Amy Bensted, Manager - Hedge Fund Data commented:

“The industry contracted following the market crisis, and most funds lost assets. Investors have recognized this and are now willing to invest in smaller funds. Although investors are wary of investing in funds in their very early stages, fund managers that are able to build up a track record through investment of their own capital, or of a small fund, will be attractive to the institutional market. In 2011 we can expect investors to continue to look at smaller, and indeed emerging fund managers, and more capital to flow into the sector.”

(press release)

To view the report in full, please view this month’s Preqin Hedge Fund Spotlight: Source

Preqin is the leading source of information for the alternative assets industry, providing data and analysis via online databases, publications and bespoke data requests.


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