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Should You Consider Listing Your Fund? The Hedge Fund Opportunity & Challenge

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Date Published: 1 April 2015

Authors: Bill Jamieson and Amit Dhume.

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?

 

Answer

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.

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This article is provided to you for general information and should not be relied upon as legal advice. The editor and the contributing authors do not guarantee the accuracy of the contents and expressly disclaim any and all liability to any person in respect of the consequences of anything done or permitted to be done or omitted to be done wholly or partly in reliance upon the whole or any part of the contents.

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