Money managers under the microscope
Horlick, who once refused to hand over her valuable to a robber holding her at gun point, has already hit back at Tchenguiz. Bramdean Alternatives issued a letter on Thursday challenging him to substantiate his claims alongside a warnings that issuing misleading statements is an offence under the Financial Services and Markets Act.
The FSA market Supervision department was CCd on the letter.
An intriguing battle is brewing between two City heavyweights and it will be a brave regulator that steps in to take sides on this one.
The horse-trading is over (for now) and the EU has published its draft directive on regulation for the hedge fund and private equity industries. EU commissioner Charlie McCreevy must be doing something right as his plans have angered parties on both sides of the fence.
The Alternative Investment Management Association is furious after claiming political manouevering has riddden roughshod over its own efforts to drive a “proportionate” industry-led solution which promised increased transparency. The Party of European Socialists (PES), meanwhile, appears equally frustrated.
The seemingly endless drama of financial regulation has frequently fixed the spotlight on hedge funds, but there could yet be a twist in the tale.
At a breakfast briefing this morning at the City of London’s plush Capital Club, law firm Katten Muchin Rosenman Cornish suggested the beleaguered hedge fund industry could even benefit from tighter rules.
BNY Mellon’s look at the “Hedge Fund of Tomorrow” has gained some column inches for its confirmation that wealthy Europeans have proven decidedly disloyal to the hedge funds who lined their pockets during the good times.
Rapid exits from European HNWs have apparently created an industry which is more American, and more institutional. BNY Mellon and research firm Casey Quirk expect assets to recover, and more than double within 4 years. Small beer given previous growth rates, but beggars can’t be choosers.
The challenges of volatile markets and client redemptions are finally driving the consolidation in the hedge fund sector that some commentators have been expecting.
Yesterday it was announced that hedge fund firm Cheyne Capital would buy fund of hedge funds firm Altedge Capital, a smaller boutique, and appoint Altedge CEO and CIO Chris Goekjian as partner and CIO.
Plenty of fund managers have been predicting a rally in stock markets after the sharp drops seen last year and early this year, but most have expected it to be no more than a bear market rally.
However Crispin Odey, one of the UK’s best known hedge fund managers with a pay packet to match, has stuck his head above the parapet and said he thinks the recent rebound in stock markets could be the start of the next bull market.
It seems the UK Treasury Select Committee’s very public chastisement of the hedge fund industry in January has had some effect.
At the time, MPs zeroed in on the Hedge Fund Standards Board (HFSB) in particular and the relatively small number of funds it had signed up — 33 in December — even though these funds accounted for half of the European industry.
Today’s update by S&P Fund Services on its ratings for seven funds with exposure to Bernard Madoff’s fraud shows just what a blow to the fund of hedge funds industry the scandal has been.
S&P said that five funds of hedge funds that invested in Madoff and whose ratings it placed under review in December when the scandal broke have now been downgraded to “not rated” — Bonhote Alternative Multi-Arbitrage, DGC Pendulum, Dinvest Concentrated Opportunities, Dinvest Total Return and RMF Four Seasons.
The gloom in the hedge fund industry is well-documented but there are nevertheless bright spots.
HSBC has launched a global currency fund – technically a Ucits 3 fund rather than a hedge fund but employing the same tactics — trying to make money out of an asset class it sees as “untainted” by the credit crisis.