Fri, Sep 4, 2015
A A A
Welcome Guest
Free Trial RSS
Get FREE trial access to our award winning publications
Industry Updates

Gravitas claims alternative investment industry on threshold of a new era

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Opalesque Industry Update - Rethinking the cloud, a heightened call for operational freedom and an arms race to scale will be industry-defining issues for the alternative asset management industry in 2013, according to Gravitas, a co-sourcing platform providing cloud technology, co-sourcing and risk support to the alternative investment industry.

“With the lessons learned from a string of major frauds, the ripple effects of an epic financial crisis and regulatory upheaval, the alternative investment industry finds itself on the threshold of a new era marked by the emergence of exciting new business models,” said Gravitas CEO Jayesh Punater. “More than ever, the hedge fund and private equity industries are embracing innovation across the value chain in order to build sustainable, increasingly global businesses. For next-generation service providers in 2013, that means delivering a robust platform of integrative services, comprising people, processes and technology that enables clients to maximize operational efficiency, at minimal upfront costs, towards establishing a world-class infrastructure.”

“Over the last several years, we’ve seen the steadily growing embrace of alternatives by institutional investors coupled with continuing diversification among hedge funds and private equity firms into each other’s areas of business as well as into areas such as real estate, insurance and new allocation strategies. As a result, the comfort zone around outsourcing key parts of a hedge fund’s operation has grown substantially,” explains Punater. As a result, he sees several key issues topping the industry’s agenda in 2013, including:

An arms race to scale. “The continuous growth of competition has contributed more than any other factor to an arms race for scale,” Punater says. “Hedge funds have come to realize that the platforms they employ in this new era must afford institutional scale in order for them to successfully compete and grow. And they must accomplish this while confronting a daunting range of demands – from reporting, transparency, risk controls and custodial and administrative processes to a heightened demand for product diversification.”

Co-sourced solutions. Achieving a sustainable competitive advantage will require hedge funds and next-generation service providers to collaborate in new, highly integrative ways in 2013. “Vendors in 2013 must continually redefine service. The way to do this is to put people, processes and technology to work in innovative ways that constitute a new standard of partnership,” says Punater.

Operational Freedom. “Every morning, clients need to ask themselves: ‘What am I doing today to improve operational efficiency?’ By reducing operating expenses 15-20 basis points, the top 100 alternative asset management firms alone could realize $30 billion to $45 billion in savings. One way to greatly accelerate operational efficiency and scale is by leveraging the private cloud, which is rapidly evolving from a compelling technology offering to an entirely new way of thinking about your business,” says Punater.

Risk as a Service (RaaS). “Risk is the lifeblood of growth,” says Punater. “But the new era of harsh economic and competitive forces, complex regulatory demands and sheer speed means firms must forge new perspectives on enterprise risk that support strategic decisions. This is particularly the case for emerging and midsize firms, which have a limited window to make their move.”

“The incredibly dynamic nature of the alternative asset management industry points to a golden era for this business,” says Punater. “As hedge funds mature and become increasingly mainstream, they will attract capital much more rapidly. But to stay ahead, we must continue to innovate and break through the barriers. The good news is that we have the resources and talent to do just that.” Press release

bc

What do you think?

   Use "anonymous" as my name    |   Alert me via email on new comments   |   
Today's Exclusives Today's Other Voices More Exclusives
Previous Opalesque Exclusives                                  
More Other Voices
Previous Other Voices                                               
Access Alternative Market Briefing


  • Top Forwarded
  • Top Tracked
  • Top Searched
  1. Opalesque Exclusive: New Detroit-based CTA seeks to take advantage of coming volatility[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: An emerging manager has just set up his one-man shop in the city of Detroit. Synchronicity Futures,

  2. Cliff Asness attracts $360 million as liquid alternative funds hold up[more]

    From Bloomberg.com: As U.S. stocks suffered their worst month in more than three years in August, Clifford Asness’s managed futures fund was able to profit. Investors are taking notice. The $9.12 billion AQR Managed Futures Strategy Fund pulled in an estimated $360 million in net subscriptions last

  3. Opalesque Exclusive: When the SEC calls, fund managers need to get out of their own way[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: New pressure is hitting alternative investment funds from all angles. So far this month both hedge fund and private equity players have seen enforcement actions, and subsequent fines over fees, disclosures, and misleading statements. Citi one of the biggest

  4. Performance - Einhorn and Loeb's hedge funds both decline 5% in August, Some target-date funds miss in the market turmoil[more]

    Einhorn and Loeb's hedge funds both decline 5% in August From Reuters.com: Hedge fund billionaires David Einhorn and Daniel Loeb saw their main funds lose roughly 5 percent in August during a dramatic market sell off, two people familiar with their returns said on Monday. Einhorn's

  5. Fortress hedge fund manager David Dredge says markets trouble on the way[more]

    From AFR.com: David Dredge of global hedge fund Fortress has built a career studying, predicting and protecting against the world's major financial crises. The recent convulsions in global sharemarkets are "just the beginning" of a painful adjustment as money drains from the emerging market economie

 

banner