Patric de Gentile Williams Opalesque Industry Update – Comment from Patric de Gentile-Williams, COO, FRM Capital Advisors (FCA) Quality of hedge fund managers seeking seeding capital will continue to improve, which, in turn, improves investors’ potential returns. Higher cost of launching a hedge fund today means that a strategic investor is becoming critical for a successful launch.There are signs that investors are increasing their allocations to hedge funds with AUMs, which is good news for seeding vehicles.
Expectations for 2011
The higher cost of launching a hedge fund today means that a strategic investor has become a critical element for a successful launch. Strategic investors, of which seeders are a major type, give new funds a solid foundation from which to launch and grow. A credible day one investor provides validation that encourages other investors to conduct their own evaluations.
Starting and running a successful and independent hedge fund continues to be an ambition for many of the most talented investors. Many ‘new’ hedge funds are teams who have worked together for years and have proven success in running money and controlling risk. These teams, as well as established teams who want to continue with the same strategy in a new construct, are attractive to seeders.
We look for managers who demonstrate the ambition, skills and determination required to run and grow their own businesses and achieve institutional-quality standards. Scalability of the strategy, the manager’s marketing skills and perceived business acumen will also contribute to any decision.
We will continue to avoid more illiquid strategies and we stay away from directional strategies, which can create volatile performance.
Outlook for hedge fund seeding
We are confident that 2011 will bring more outstanding managers, enabling us to give investors exposure to a diversified portfolio of growing funds with exciting strategies.