Opalesque Considers London as Heart of Hedge Fund Activity

Published on   Aug 02, 2011
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London, August 2nd 2011: A Roundtable of U.K. based hedge fund experts found that London is still the dominant location for hedge funds in Europe, with the highest concentration of Europe's talent, assets, risk taking, service providers and new launches. As an industry, hedge funds continue to play an increasingly important role for institutions, and via UCITS also for retail investors.

However recently, there has seen some disquiet about the hedge fund industry in the U.K.: the tax regime is regarded as unhelpful or even a threat, and while some fund managers “voted with their feet”, others not willing to move physically have set up an asset management business in Malta and continue to just provide research from the U.K.

The Opalesque 2011 U.K. Roundtable took place July 5th in London and resulted in a 34 page of in-depth intelligence on the state of the hedge fund industry in the U.K. The following experts participated at the Roundtable:

Melissa Hill, Managing Principal, Sabre Fund
Mark Leader, Director of Marketing, Sloane Robinson
Charles Tritton, De Putron Fund Management
Julian Treger, Co-Founder, Audley Capital Advisors
Loic Fery, CEO and Founder, Chenavari Investment Managers
Morten Spenner, CEO, International Asset Management Ltd.
Eoin Murray, CEO, Callanish Partners
and sponsors Dermot Butler, Custom House Group and Joe Taussig, Taussig Capital.

The Roundtable PDF can be downloaded here for free: www.opalesque.com/RT/RoundtableUK2011.html

The average investor has really not seen real growth in the Western markets over the last ten years. Therefore, read about which strategies and innovative investments these hedge fund veterans recommend at the moment. The current and future volatility is considered to offer attractive risk-on trades - provided they are not just bluntly long - in the following areas:

Three investment opportunities in European Credit
High conviction opportunities and catalyst trades
Event/stressed situations – how hedge funds started to “create” their own events
Equities, particularly Asian / emerging market equity and commodities

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