Swiss industry takes a big step forward

Tue Sep 13, 2011

Following the trauma of the financial crisis, the market in Switzerland is looking better than many in the hedge fund industry may have expected. DATA INCLUDES: Swiss hedge funds over $250m and UCITS hedge fund launches in Switzerland since 2009

In the three short years since our previous special report on Switzerland in September 2008, the whole landscape of the hedge fund world has changed a great deal. The trauma of the financial crisis in general – when many individual hedge funds disappointed with negative returns and/or by imposing 'gate’ provisions and restricting redemptions – had a pronounced effect everywhere. The unmasking of Bernard Madoff as a fraudster also had a particularly strong impact, given that a significant number of investors had exposure to Madoff via allocators in Switzerland.

Given that background, the hedge fund industry within Switzerland seems to be back in remarkably robust shape barely three years later. Switzerland, and Geneva in particular, still remains a very important centre for the gathering and allocating of money via funds of hedge funds (FoHFs) – though with some different players now coming to the fore in that field. And the development...

ISSN: 2151-1845 / CDC10004H


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