GAIA points the way to the automation of hedge fund subscriptions and redemptions

Bill Gourlay, who previously ran the fund management strategy group at RBC in London, arrived at investment management industry technology consultants Idea Group as CEO in December 2013.

Posted on: 21 Jan, 2016

Webinar Review: Raising assets in Japan

COOConnect recently hosted a webinar with SuMI TRUST on the subject; Raising assets in Japan.

Posted on: 07 Dec, 2015

Could Phil Vasan return to the alternative investment industry?

The sale of the US private banking operations of Credit Suisse to Wells Fargo, agreed last month, has created an opportunity for an imaginative alternative investment fund manager or investment bank to secure the services of the kind of talent tha

Posted on: 20 Nov, 2015

Hedge Fund tune-up: can you risk sitting in front of investors if you haven’t lifted the hood?

Facing the prospect of scrutiny from new potential investors is daunting.  Performance has been good, the pitch book has been stressed over ad nauseum and then you realise that everyone is “short” business cards.

Posted on: 17 Nov, 2015

The Rise and Rise of Loan Origination Funds

The growth of non-bank lending continues to proliferate. It has been given a boost in the aftermath of the financial crisis when many banks, stung by poorly performing loans, scaled back lending to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). 

Posted on: 09 Nov, 2015
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Criteria for Fund Managers to consider when selecting an OTC derivatives CCP

The time to choose a CCP for Europe is now. The transition to mandatory clearing of OTC derivatives in Europe begins in the spring of 2016. With limited transparency into the differences between the operating models of the various CCPs, it is difficult for fund managers to make informed choices. At a COO Connect event in London on 20 October, Jaki Walsh (managing director of Derivati Consulting) and Phil Simons (head of clearing sales and relationship management at Eurex Clearing) explored the factors they think fund managers should take into account when choosing a CCP.

Posted on: 06 Nov, 2015

Managing the regulatory deluge

Fund managers subjected to the multiple regulatory reporting requirements in the US and EU must ensure they adopt a holistic approach towards collating and collecting all of the necessary data points.

Posted on: 05 Nov, 2015
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Treasury management: no longer the poor relation

Treasury operations within hedge funds have traditionally been the ‘poor relation’ to other functions, however, this is changing.

Posted on: 05 Nov, 2015

An introduction to the UK FCA’s client money rules for investment firms, with John David Thiede of Sidley Austin LLP

They make up one chapter out of 12 in a set of recently revised rules published by just one regulator. Yet it would not be hyperbolic to describe the new client money rules set out in the Client Asset Sourcebook (CASS) of the United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) as one of the most excruciatingly detailed and prescriptive set of operational obligations imposed on investment firms, including asset managers, of any introduced since the financial crisis. They came fully into force on 1 June this year. Dominic Hobson spoke to John David Thiede of Sidley Austin LLP, who was closely involved in their drafting during his time with the FCA.

Posted on: 21 Oct, 2015

Dutch-style pension fund cost transparency looks a long way off in the United Kingdom

It was ironic that the first Transparency Symposium organized by the Transparency Task Force, an organization dedicated to driving up the levels of transparency in financial services,should take place in London on the same day as it emerged that members of the Investment Association had forced Daniel Godfrey to step down as chief executive. After all, one of the issues on which Godfrey had irked the members of the Association was his openness to the idea of greater disclosure of asset management, administration and transaction costs.
Posted on: 08 Oct, 2015
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