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Changing Fund Environment 2011

Tue, 14/06/2011 - 11:24

The 'Changing Fund Environment 2011' special report comprises 1 separate articles listed below, these can be read individually or as a sequence.
Glass office block

Flexibility key for service providers in new fund climate

Tue, 14/06/2011 - 12:32

By Simon Gray – The impact of the global financial crisis and economic downturn upon the alternative fund industry is reflected in a more difficult fundraising environment and new challenges for managers such as greater regulation and increased investor demands for transparency, according to leading providers of administration, legal and brokerage services to funds and their managers.  »

Peter Hughes, managing director, Apex Fund Services

Customisation instead of commoditisation

Tue, 14/06/2011 - 12:46

By Peter Hughes – In the wake of the financial crisis, the global alternative fund industry finds itself in a changed environment characterised by increased regulation and new investor demands in areas such as liquidity. As a result, the way in which managers operate and the kinds of domicile and investment structure they favour is evolving to enable them to flourish in this new climate – and service providers are having to adapt too. »

Andrew Dollery, Newedge Group

Ucits solutions in an evolving environment

Tue, 14/06/2011 - 12:51

By Andrew Dollery (pictured) and Sophie Bentley – The proliferation of alternative Ucits funds has become a key feature of the fund industry landscape as investors demand more regulated, transparent and liquid products. Newedge has responded to this demand by taking an open architecture approach to servicing Ucits-compliant strategies.  »

Meeting in glass office block

Fund industry adapts to regulatory and investor scrutiny

Tue, 14/06/2011 - 12:56

By Simon Gray – Legislators, financial regulators and investors in alternative funds are examining how the informational deficiencies that did much to exacerbate the industry’s problems over the past few years can best be remedied. Their efforts to address the problems have already resulted in substantial changes in approach and working practices not only for hedge fund managers but for the firms that provide services to the sector. »

Paul Farrell, partner, Walkers

Regulatory changes and new opportunities

Tue, 14/06/2011 - 13:02

By Paul Farrell (pictured), Ingrid Pierce and Deborah Poole – With the impact of the global financial crisis on the performance of investment funds fading, managers’ attention is increasingly focused on the evolving regulatory framework. However, the after-effects of the crisis linger on in issues related to managers’ power to suspend redemptions and the ability of disgruntled investors to wind up solvent funds. »

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