Hedge Funds

Darwin's middle office and monitoring offering aims to help the fittest survive


Amsterdam-based Darwin's operations-only approach sets it apart from traditional seeders and allows its managers to focus on investing

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.

Clayton Heijman

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