Competition for the Absolute Return Management Firm of the Year Award for 2013 is steep. Each firm nominated earned at least one strategy specific nomination for a fund it manages, but also had to demonstrate overall excellence. To be nominated, each firm had to manage at least three funds, with a total value of assets under management of at least $3 billion. And firms had to generate asset growth in addition to strong risk-adjusted performance.
Though only one firm will take home the prize, the seven that earned nominations are among the longest-running and most highly regarded in the business. If anything, this year’s nominations are a testament to the value of experience. Of the seven funds named, two—Canyon Capital Partners and Citadel—will soon celebrate their 25th years in the business, and another two—Paulson & Co. and Graham Capital Management—will soon turn 20. The youngest firm nominated was Visium Asset Management, which was founded in 2005.
For more on why each firm was successful in 2013, see below. Click here for a full list of Absolute Return Awards nominees.