Consultants play growing role in Asian hedge fund allocations

Mon May 21, 2012


The Asian hedge fund industry is seeing a new conduit to long term assets in the form of hedge fund consultants, which have emerged as a key gate-keeper for institutional assets following the global financial crisis


The Asian hedge fund industry is seeing a new conduit to long term assets in the form of hedge fund consultants, which have emerged as a key gate-keeper for institutional assets following the global financial crisis

Thomas Kreitler
Manubu Washio
Unlike in the US, where consultants have historically played an important role, hedge fund consultants are a slightly new phenomenon in Asia. Institutional investors have traditionally invested in Asian hedge funds by word of mouth or through fund of funds. However, consultants are now playing an increasingly important role in the growth of the Asian hedge fund industry, thanks to the institutionalisation of the industry as well as a greater demand for transparency after the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the Madoff fraud scandal.

After suffering a slowdown after the global financial crisis, consultants are once again seeing opportunity for strong growth in Asia, particularly as many investors have become disillusioned...

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