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Hedge funds represent the largest alternative investment sector in Switzerland

Friday, July 26, 2019

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Switzerland houses the fourth-largest alternative assets industry within Europe, Preqin said in its market report.

The hedge fund market represents the largest alternatives industry within Switzerland (€25bn), followed by private equity & venture capital (€14bn) and infrastructure (€12bn).

Switzerland's market is important in that it houses many key players in alternatives and attracts significant investor capital, and less so for its deal-making activity.

Geneva is home to three of the five largest single manager hedge funds located in Switzerland. These include the country's largest manager, Pictet Asset Management, which operates €8bn in AUM (as of March 2018).

Four in top ten hedge funds managers by AUM located in Switzerland

Switzerland is also home to a market-leading fund of hedge funds sector, with four of the 10 largest Europe-based funds of hedge funds managers by AUM located in the country:

• Pictet Alternative Advisors, €10.7bn (as of December 2018)

• UBP Alternative Investments, €8.8bn (as of December 2018)

• LGT Capital Partners, €6.8bn (as of December 2018)

• LumX Asset Management, €6.4bn (as of September 2018)

Pfäffikon-based LGT Capital Partners tops the league table in Switzerland's private capital markets, having raised €15.1bn for investment in private equity & venture capital over the past 10 years, followed closely by Baar-Zug-based Partners Group (€14.9bn).

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