By Claire Makin
When Clayton Heijman picked the name Darwin Platform for his start-up service provider, hedge funds were thriving in fantastic pre-crisis conditions. He and his colleagues had no idea how appropriate the name was about to become, as 2009 turned into "the Darwin year" that tested the survival of the fittest in the industry, Heijman says.
It was not until January of that year that Heijman and his team launched their Amsterdam-based emerging manager platform. They had put the scheme on hold because of stalling growth in the hedge fund industry followed by financial meltdown. Despite the pain, 2009 saw a wave of new entrants to the market as managers quit their firms or were laid off, creating the opportunity Heijman had been waiting for.
The Darwin Platform opened for business with three investment fund clients. Since then, nine more have signed up for the company's...