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First clients for Charter Group

Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Opalesque Industry Update - Charter Group which teamed up with Brian Taitz in September 2010 to launch a hedge fund administration firm, Charter Group Fund Administration Ltd has secured its first few clients. The firm is based in London and focuses primarily on alternative funds managed by boutique fund managers. The first few clients cover a range of strategies including emerging markets, equity long/short and intellectual property. Taitz says that the UK market is fragmented with larger administrators turning away smaller funds and relying more on their size than their service levels to win clients. This leads to clients having to look to foreign providers to fill the gap and then having to deal with a plethora of issues such as time zones and language or cultural differences. Taitz says it is re-assuring for a fund manager to know that they can deal directly with the principals of the business whose office is around the corner.

The boutique offers full service fund administration and caters for a wide variety of strategies including equity long/short, long only, market neutral, arbitrage, global macro, private equity, fund-of-hedge funds and others. For more traditional funds, the firm offers an attribution/ performance analysis reporting service.

The firm sees its differentiating factors as being: an unrelenting focus on service quality; investing in the best technology available; hiring properly qualified staff; and being based in London, in close proximity to clients. “Our clients are not just one of hundreds fighting for management’s attention which may be the case at the larger shops” says Taitz.

The firm also has the distinct technological advantage that all its administrative services are carried out through a single integrated system - investor registry, fund accounting, investing and complex performance fees – reducing risk and leading to greater efficiencies. Taitz says Charter Group has received positive feedback since its launch and is off to a solid start.

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