The Hedge Fund Journal Performance Awards 2016

Long Short Equity - Asia
AlphaGen Hokuto (winner)
UMJ Kotoshiro Fund (runner-up)

Long Short Equity - North America
PCJ Absolute Return Strategy (winner)
RWC US Absolute Alpha Fund (runner-up)

Long Short Equity - Global
Portland Hill Overseas Fund Limited (winner)
RWC Global Innovation Absolute Alpha Fund (runner-up)

Long Short Equity - Europe
Allianz Discovery Europe Strategy (winner)
Old Mutual UK Specialist Equity Fund (runner-up)

Equity Market Neutral - North America
Fiera North American Market Neutral Fund (winner)
Mitra Capital Partners LP (runner-up)

Equity Market Neutral - Global
ABCA Reversion Fund Plc (winner)
Oyster Market Neutral (runner-up)

Equity Market Neutral - Europe
Sabre Style Arbitrage (winner)
GAM Talentum Enhanced Europe Long/Short Fund (runner-up)

Macro - Global
Stratus Feeder LLC (winner)
PIMCO Absolute Return Strategy IV (runner-up)

Macro - North America
Arctic Blue Capital (winner)
SBB Research Group Polysight I LLC (runner-up)

Multi-Strategy - Global
Visium Global Offshore Fund, Ltd (winner)
AQR Multi-Strategy Alternative Fund (runner-up)

Event Driven - Global
Omni Event Fund (winner)
KG Investments Fund (runner-up)

Event Driven - Europe
Cygnus Europa Event Driven (winner)
EQMC Development Capital Fund PLC (runner-up)

UCITS Hedge Awards 2016

The Hedge Fund Journal's annual UCITS Hedge Awards took place on Wednesday 13th April in a ceremony held at 1 Lombard Street in London. The full list of winners on the night is below.

Event Driven
Best Performing Fund in 2015

Aquila - AC Opp - Aremus Fund

Fixed Income - Convertible Bonds
Best Performing Fund in 2015

Generali Investments SICAV Absolute Return Convertible Bond

Fixed Income - Convertible Bonds
Best Performer over a 3 Year Period

Generali Investments SICAV Absolute Return Convertible Bond

CTAs > $100 Million Strategy Assets
Best Performer over a 2 Year Period

Man AHL Diversity

Corporate Credit Strategy
Best Performer over a 2 Year Period

Candriam Long Short Credit Fund

Long/Short Equity - Global
Best Performer over a 3 Year Period

SEB Prime Solutions Sissener Canopus

Equity Market Neutral - Europe
Best Performing Fund in 2015

Pictet Total Return Agora

CTAs < $100 Million Strategy Assets
Best Performing Fund in 2015

Finex Navigator Futures Fund

CTAs < $100 Million Strategy Assets
Best Performer over a 2 Year Period

Finex Navigator Futures Fund

Corporate Credit Strategy < $100 Million Strategy Assets
Best Performer over a 2 Year Period

PVE Credit Value Fund

Emerging Markets Bonds
Best Performer over a 5 Year Period

Absolute Insight Emerging Market Debt Fund

Trend-Following CTAs > $100 Million Strategy Assets
Best Performer over a 5 Year Period

Aspect Diversified Trends Fund

Global Equity – Quantitative Strategy
Best Performing Fund in 2015

Palaedino Fund Sabre Dynamic Equity

Developments In Fund Governance and the Regulatory Outlook

Developments in fund governance

Caroline Hoare, Director, IPAF (UK) Ltd
John McCann, CEO, Trinity Fund Administration

Bill Prew, CEO, INDOS Financial

Bill Prew: We are going to start by looking at developments in the fund governance arena. Governance has changed a lot over the last five years. Caroline, could you explain where you see the industry now and how things have evolved over the last few years?

Caroline Hoare: I'd say it's a tale of two parts. Undoubtedly many funds now take the issue of governance very seriously. We often find that when people are forming their boards the consultation process might involve up to 20 different people. But I do still get calls from people saying they've been offered a “buy-one, get-one-free” offer; those conversations tend to be extremely short!

BP: Most people recognise that progress has been made and there are boards that are particularly well run. Why do you think there are still boards that aren't run particularly well?

The Hedge Fund Journal Awards 2016

Hedge Funds – Prime Brokerage Sales – Outstanding Contribution
Duncan Crawford

Best Real-Time Portfolio, Risk and Regulatory Solutions Award
Imagine Software

Best Regulatory Practice
Simmons & Simmons

Leading Hedge Fund Administrator
Centaur Fund Services

Leading Business Services Practice

Leading Global Provider of Services to Hedge Funds

The Leading Regulatory Compliance Consulting Firm

The Leading Offshore Law Firm
Maples and Calder

The Leading European Practice - London, Dublin, Luxembourg, Frankfurt & Paris

Best IT Security Service

Best Global Multi-Asset Prime Brokerage
Societe Generale Prime Services

Best Global Marketing Communications Agency
Peregrine Communications

The Leading Hedge Fund Investment Advisory Firm
Sussex Partners

Best Fund Accounting & Reporting Software Provider
SS&C Advent  

The Leading Provider of Non-Executive, Independent Directorship Services
A.R.C. Directors

The Leading Irish Law Firm
Dillon Eustace  

The Leading Global Law Firm
Schulte Roth & Zabel

The Leading UCITS Hedge Fund Platform



UCITS Hedge Awards 2015 - Winners

Best Performing Long/Short Equity – UK
Smith & Williamson Enterprise Fund (Smith & Williamson)

Best Performing Long/Short Equity – Europe
Melchior Selected Trust European Enhanced Absolute Return (Dalton Strategic Partnership)

Best Performing Long/Short Equity – Nordic Fund
Norron Select Fund (Norron Asset Management)

Best Performing Long/Short Equity – US  
Serviced Platform SICAV - Select Equity Long Short UCITS Fund (Goldman Sachs)  

Best Performing Long/Short Equity – Global
SEB Prime Solutions Sissener Canopus (Sissener)

Best Performing Long/Short Equity – Style Specific
Kairos International Sicav – KEY Fund (Kairos)

Best Performing Equity Market Neutral Fund
Old Mutual Global Equity Absolute Return Fund (Old Mutual Global Investors)

Best Performing Asia Fund
MS Dalton Asia Pacific UCITS Fund (Dalton Investments)

Best Performing Credit Fund
PVE Credit Value Fund (PVE Capital)

Best Performing Emerging Markets Debt Fund
Absolute Insight Emerging Market Debt Fund (Insight Investment)

Best Performing CTA Fund
Man AHL Diversity (Man AHL)

Best Performing Fixed Income Global Fund
Pictet-Absolute Return Fixed Income (Pictet Asset Management)

Best Performing Volatility Fund
Athena UI Fund (Conservative Concept Portfolio Management AG)

Best Performing Emerging Markets Long/Short Equity Fund
RAM L/S Emerging Markets Equities (RAM Active Investments)

Best Performing Macro Systematic Fund
α generix Global Macro UCITS SF (LGT Capital Partners)

Hedge Funds – Compliance, Governance, Regulatory Reporting and Tax

A half-day conference, free to attend for managers and investors.

Date: Wednesday 26th November 2014
Venue: London Stock Exchange, 10 Paternoster Square, London EC4M 7LS

To request a free place please email rod.sparks@thehedgefundjournal.com



From 8.15am

After the AIFMD Apocalypse: The Future for the Regulation of Hedge Funds in Europe
Chris Leonard, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Governance – Fund and Corporate
Raymond O’Neill, Principal, A.R.C. Directors



Interacting with the FCA
Will Morrell, Consultant, Cordium

Carried Interest - Structuring Compensation Awards
Fiona Carpenter, EMEIA Leader, Global Hedge Fund Services, EY


Event finish

Click here to download programme (PDF)



UCITS Hedge Awards 2014 - Winners

Best Performing Long/Short Equity – Japan Fund
Martin Currie GF Japan Absolute Alpha Fund (Martin Currie)

Best Performing FX Fund
DB Platinum Currency Returns Plus Fund (DB Platinum Advisors)

Best Performing Long/Short Equity - North America Fund
DB Platinum Omega Fund (Omega Advisors Inc)

Best Performing New Fund
Lyxor/Tiedemann Arbitrage Strategy Fund (Lyxor Asset Management)

Best Performing Event Driven Fund
MS PSAM Global Event UCITS Fund (PSAM)

Best Performing Macro Discretionary Fund
Absolute Return Government Bond Fund (Ignis Asset Management)

Best Performing Multi-Strategy Fund
JABCAP (Lux) – Global Balanced Fund (Jabre Capital)

Best Performing Long/Short Equity – Global Fund
SEB Prime Solutions Sissener Canopus (Sissener)

Best performing Long/Short Equity – Europe Fund
Henderson European Absolute Return Fund (Henderson Global Investors)

Best Performing Long/Short Equity – Asia Fund
Indus PacifiChoice Asia Fund (Indus Capital)

Best Performing Relative Value - Fixed Income (incl. Credit) Fund
Byron Fixed Income Alpha Fund (Byron Capital Partners Ltd)

Best Performing Relative Value - Equity Fund
Old Mutual Global Equity Absolute Return Fund (Old Mutual Global Investors)

Best Performing Risk Arbitrage Fund
Castlerigg Merger Arbitrage UCITS Fund (Sandell Asset Management)

Best Performing Long/Short Equity Global – Emerging Markets Fund
Skyline UCITS Fund (Skyline Capital Management)

Best Performing Convertible Bond Arbitrage Fund
Salar Convertible Absolute Return Fund (Ferox Capital)

Edited Transcript

The following is an edited transcript of a seminar hosted by Simmons & Simmons and Eze Castle Integration.

Andrea Finn - Simmons & Simmons (AF): In terms of the issues which I think are key for hedge fund managers and which we’ll touch on through the questions today are questions of status: employees and members and how managers make decisions as to whether an individual should be a member or an employee. Issues of remuneration are a very hot topic because it affects people very personally, as everyone will be aware. There’s a lot of regulation on this, primarily from a European standpoint but also being implemented into the UK.

Then thirdly, there’s business protection. There’s a lot of effort and money that goes into building up businesses and generating revenue and that sits in the heads and hands quite often of individual employees. So when we look at how hedge fund businesses can protect themselves from employees when they move on, we look at things like their contractual arrangements, but also practical things around how the business is operated and with a slight tie-in to what Simon and Alex might talk about, IT protection, and what I’m told are called ‘Intrusion Detection Systems’ which allow you to pick up misuse of IT.

Alex Brown - Simmons & Simmons (AB): We have a dedicated group that deals just with technology and outsourcing contracts. But also advisory areas like data protection. We do a lot of work in the financial sector and also for our funds clients.

I think it’s a very interesting area to work in, because it’s a constantly evolving set of factors that we have to think about. Current hot topics of course are things like cloud computing and how you reconcile those technologies with data protection legislation, which in the UK stems from about 12 or 13 years ago, very much before the inception of these sorts of technologies.

Cass-CAIA Forum

By mid 2011 investors had allocated approximately $62 billion to hedge funds and total assets under management reached a new record of $2.04 trillion. During the same period funds of hedge funds saw a net withdrawal of $6.9 billion and the total assets under management remained around 20% below the peak of $800 billion reached in 2007.

To discuss these trends and explore how the landscape has changed for funds of hedge funds, Cass Business School and the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association hosted a forum. Four expert panellists joined Steve Wallace, CAIA’s director of business development in EMEA, to discuss how the hedge fund industry is adapting. The November event came from a partnership between Cass and CAIA to promote education in the alternative investment area. The panel was moderated by hedge fund specialist Dr Nick Motson of the Cass Business School. The views of each panellist were personal and given in a private capacity.

The panellists included:


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