After falling sharply throughout the previous 18 months, assets in European hedge funds finally began to bounce back during the second half of 2009.
According to the latest survey by the EuroHedge research and data team, the European industry's assets under management reached a total figure of over $382 billion by the end of the year.
The new survey shows an increase in assets of close to 10% from the recent low of $350 billion that we recorded in our mid-year survey 2009. But this leaves the total still some way short of the figure of $398 billion that we measured one year ago.
However, if one also adds in the $22 billion-plus of further assets that are now running in stand-alone onshore single-manager hedge fund strategies compliant with rules for UCITS III funds in the European Union, then this brings the current European industry total to nearly $405 billion...