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Switzerland Hedge Fund Services 2016
Switzerland Hedge Fund Services 2016

Thu, 24/03/2016 - 09:12

Switzerland formerly introduced a revised version of the Collective Investment Scheme Act (CISA) on 1 March 2015, bringing hedge funds under the watch of FINMA, Switzerland’s financial regulator, for the first time.Twelve months later, 4,000 alternative funds have already appointed a Swiss representative and paying agent. This Hedgeweek Special Report examines the opportunities now available to fund managers and investors in the Swiss market, featuring interviews with Switzerland's key fund managers and service providers

The 'Switzerland Hedge Fund Services 2016' special report comprises 11 separate articles listed below, these can be read individually or as a sequence.

James Williams

Regulations improve Swiss investor confidence in hedge funds

Thu, 24/03/2016 - 09:25

There was a degree of trepidation among foreign hedge funds when Switzerland formerly introduced a revised version of the Collective Investment Scheme Act (CISA) on 1 March 2015, bringing hedge funds under the watch of FINMA, Switzerland's financial regulator, for the first time.  »

Dermot Butler

Offering direct access to Swiss qualified investors

Thu, 24/03/2016 - 09:32

Geneva-based SwissRepCo was established in January 2014 by industry veterans Dermot Butler (pictured), former chairman of Custom House Group, a leading fund administrator, and Lancelot Frick, a fifth generation Swiss private banker and CEO and President of Frick Capital SA. ("Frick"). »

Michaël Malquarti

The meeting of two worlds

Thu, 24/03/2016 - 09:43

By Michaël Malquarti (pictured), SYZ Asset Management – Although the phenomenal growth in index management since the 1990s had already begun to shake up the fund management industry, the 2008 crisis triggered a more profound reform process. This change is particularly visible in the alternative investments arena. As well as reinforced standards governing hedge funds, the most spectacular transformation has probably been the emergence and astonishing growth of alternative UCITS in Europe. »

Nicolas Rousselet

Unigestion sees value in M&A and energy specialist stock pickers

Thu, 24/03/2016 - 09:48

Mergers and acquisitions and energy-focused equity long/short are two of the most attractive fund strategies for 2016 at Unigestion, according to the group's Managing Director and Head of Hedge Funds, Nicolas Rousselet (pictured).  »

Philippe Jabre

China needs a significant currency devaluation

Thu, 24/03/2016 - 10:02

Jabre Capital Partners is one of the industry's best-known hedge funds. Established by Philippe Jabre (pictured) in 2006, the Geneva-based hedge fund runs a variety of strategies that include: Multi-strategy, Equity Long/Short, Convertible Bonds, Emerging Markets and Event Driven.  »

Michael Appenzeller

Assetbox solution for Swiss wealth managers

Thu, 24/03/2016 - 10:07

Two years ago, in recognition of the regulatory burden facing Swiss fund managers, Pfaeffikon-headquartered Etops, an independent operational service provider for hedge funds and investors like family offices and wealth managers, combined forces with Deloitte to develop a unique solution called Assetbox.  »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

2016 augurs well for non‑directional relative value strategies

Thu, 24/03/2016 - 10:13

The actions of central banks over the past few years have been particularly hard for hedge funds, especially fundamental stock pickers, and whilst global macro and CTAs have been able to make some solid returns (the latter more in 2H14), there's been precious little to celebrate in hedge fund land. »

Salman Ahmed

The “Japanisation” of Europe

Thu, 24/03/2016 - 10:18

Emerging Market corporates have feasted on cheap US dollar debt over the last few years. According to a PwC report (Global Economy Watch – May 2015, "Will dollar denominated debt become an emerging economy epidemic?") since the US Federal Reserve introduced the first round of quantitative easing in 2008, dollar denominated debt rose from USD6 trillion to USD9 trillion in 2014.  »

Roman Pelka

CISA proves successful within 12 months

Thu, 24/03/2016 - 10:22

It is now one year in to the Swiss Collective Investment Scheme Act (CISA) and overall impressions appear to be that it has been a success. One particular aspect of CISA, namely the requirement for alternative fund managers marketing their funds in Switzerland to "unregulated qualified investors" (eg pension funds, family offices) to appoint a Swiss Fund Representative and Paying Agent, has proven to be no more than a mild shower in a teacup.  »

Garrick Smith

Harnessing the strength of European depositaries

Thu, 24/03/2016 - 10:26

Switzerland is a key part of the global business model at BNP Paribas Securities Services, whose successful acquisition last June of Credit Suisse Prime Fund Services has helped it to become an industry leader in alternative fund administration.  »

Luis Pedro

Rebuilding Swiss investor confidence in hedge funds

Thu, 24/03/2016 - 10:31

Oligo Swiss Fund Services received its license from the Swiss authorities 13 months ago to provide Swiss legal representative services and has already onboarded more than 200 funds registered for distribution to Swiss qualified investors. These include offshore hedge funds, UCITS-compliant hedge funds and private equity funds.  »

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