The hedge fund investment industry is maturing. The alternative investment sector, which has grown approximately 10% a year since the financial crisis, is positioned to continue along this growth path over the next 5 years. According to a recent survey by KPMG, a large share of the new growth will come from institutional investors such as pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, and endowments.
Hedge Fund managers, therefore, have a powerful incentive to attract greater allocations from these institutional investors but there will consequently be a push for increased transparency requirements and a demand for higher corporate governance standards.
Questions for a Fund Manager to consider
In response to the opportunities and challenges posed, how will it be possible to:
- Make a memorable impact on investors?
- Position your brand name effectively in the market place?
- Raise visibility and credibility for your fund?
- Demonstrate a commitment to best practices?
- Influence positively staff and trustees of institutional investors?
A stock market listing for your funds can enable you to raise product visibility and credibility and, in so doing, potentially increase accessibility to the global institutional investor market.
The Gibraltar Stock Exchange Solution
The Gibraltar Stock Exchange (GSX), the world’s youngest stock market, is dedicated to the technical listing of open-ended funds. GSX is a European regulated stock exchange, licensed by the Financial Services Commission, which commenced operations in November 2014.
GSX has a commitment to provide a robust listing process that is both fast to market and commercially attractive compared to its European peers.
This update is provided to you for general information and should not be relied upon as legal advice.
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Bill is an English lawyer who is also registered to practise Singapore law and he is recognised by professional and commercial publications. According to Chambers and Partners, Bill is “experienced in providing regulatory advice and drafting fund documentation.” For 2020, investment funds, IFLR1000 has rated him as “Highly Regarded” and Asialaw Leading Lawyers has ranked him as a “Distinguished practitioner”.
Amit’s practice focuses on corporate law, investment funds, mergers and acquisitions and regulatory and compliance matters. He has over a decade of experience in these areas of law. In 2019, Amit is recognised in The Legal 500, as a “key” personnel “whose work includes advising one of Southeast Asia’s leading early stage private equity-focused funds on its successful closing”.