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AsiaHedge New Funds Survey: fewer new Asian hedge funds launch, but raise more assets

Wed Jul 20, 2011

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An invigorated new fund launch landscape in Asia saw $2.86 billion raised by a mere 24 funds, reflecting high entry barriers and a greater focus on quality

A survey of the new Asian fund launches in 1H 2011 validates several of the predictions AsiaHedge has been making for some time now. There is a renewed vigour in the launch scene, with as much as $2.86 billion assets being gathered by these new funds, and yet that figure is achieved by a mere 24 funds – barely one-third of the number of funds (70) that launched in 1H 2010.

In other words, capital arteries are flowing again but the barriers to entry have risen considerably, resulting in only a handful of new managers getting launched. To get started these days seems to require a rare combination of solid pedigree, long track record of managing a sizable chunk of assets and institutionalised platforms, and being able to come to the market. In short, a barbell effect is taking shape whereby the big are getting bigger, complemented...

ISSN: 2151-1845 / CDC10004H

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