Crisis…which one?

Well, it’s hard to tell these days. There are many nominees for the most overused word of the pandemic, but “crisis” must be up there. Today’s crisis du jour is the one facing equity markets. No, no, not the one caused by hedge funds, this time: the one caused by seemingly ordinary people. Ordinary people…

Effective communications in turbulent times

In these turbulent times, it’s hard to escape the “info-load”. We are inundated daily with an ever-increasing volume of communications, from daily government briefings to special press conferences to hour by hour feeds on our social media platforms, all competing for that all important share of our time and attention. While we can agree that…

Hedge and private equity funds: The pieces on the board are moving

It is safe to say that a lot is going on. Is it a recession, dislocation, or black swan event? Regardless, the plates are shifting, the icebergs rolling over. Major hedge funds have suffered life-ending losses. Private equity is in survival mode. Liquid capital is exuberantly waiting for the blood to rise – and it’s…

Alternative liquidity management

As covered in a previous article, the tools that manage how and when investor money is returned have always been a part of the fund documentation for liquid alternative strategies. These liquidity management tools were road tested extensively between 2008 and 2011 and the result is a far better understanding of how best to use…

Hedge fund liquidity since the global financial crisis

Hedge fund liquidity is not just the frequency with which investors can get their money back (i.e. “redeem” from the fund) but also, fundamentally, the ability of the fund to be able to satisfy investor redemptions, when necessary. Historically, at least, investors in hedge funds have tolerated higher levels of opacity in the way hedge…

Key points on key people

Your investors have accounted for the risk, but have you? A successful hedge fund depends heavily upon the fund manager’s key decision makers, not just in terms of investment returns (although that is arguably their single most important function) but also the ongoing financial and business management of the fund manager. Without the fund manager,…

Mind iF I Don’t, too? (MiFID)

With three weeks to go until MiFID II takes effect, this article shines a light on 4 of the issues our hedge fund clients tell us are exercising them most: Research unbundling Telephone taping Transaction reporting LEIs References in this article to “MiFID II” include the MiFID II Directive (2014/65/EU), the Markets in Financial Instruments…

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