Money managers under the microscope
It would appear that where to live is the hot topic for hedge fund managers at the moment.
Star manager Crispin Odey of Odey Asset Management is “seriously considering leaving” the UK over higher taxes, the Sunday Times reported, while Krom River moved to Zug from London for lower tax and a better lifestyle, the Financial Times reported last year.
But there is traffic into London too.
Last month Hedge Hub reported that Auckland-based 36 South’s founder Jerry Haworth was moving to London to be closer to investors, who are now keen to do as much due diligence as possible in the wake of the Madoff fraud — but are not always able to fly to New Zealand.
Now Anthony Limbrick, chairman and CIO of New Zealand’s Pure Capital, tells me his firm will also be expanding its London operations and is likely to shift the balance of the company there eventually, although he will retain his New Zealand base.
Moreover, as head of an association of New Zealand hedge funds, he says other Kiwi firms are considering such a move.
It was not so long ago that the booming hedge fund industry, flush with client inflows, was going to be able to let fund managers work from all sorts of locations, just as long as they could deliver the returns.
Now it seems the opposite is true. In a post-Madoff world hedge funds could well increasingly find themselves having to group into hubs — New York, London, Connecticut, California, possible Geneva – where investors can more easily see what they’re doing.