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dc.contributor.authorAnhorn, Regina-
dc.contributor.authorMeier, Peter-
dc.description.abstractIt is with great pleasure that I present you this survey entitled “Switzerland – A Growing Centre for Single Manager Hedge Funds”, conducted by ZHAW Centre Alternative Investments & Risk Management. Funds of Hedge Funds (FoHF), as a form of alternative investment, have been a core business in Switzerland since the first of these funds launched in the early 1980s. The first onshore FoHF, and Swiss-exchange listed investment companies, were launched in the mid 1990s. Today, Swiss-domiciled FoHF have an impressive market share of approximately 30% of the global FoHF industry but the rate of growth of the Single Manager Hedge Fund (SMHF) industry falls well short of this. Recent press articles have indicated increasing competition among different jurisdictions in the SMHF space in Europe. Some European countries have taken measures to make their respective markets more attractive to hedge funds and their managers. However, as evidenced in some countries, success is limited if these measures are half-hearted, constrained by an inflexible regulatory environment, or uncompetitive tax regimes. Switzerland has recognised that a major opportunity could be missed if it does not face up to the issues around this increasingly competitive market and make itself a more attractive location for SMHF. As a leading global FoHF provider, with a track record of over two decades in the alternative investment arena, GAM was approached by ZHAW Centre Alternative Investments & Risk Management to give financial and technical support to this independent research project analysing the Swiss SMHF market. The survey is based on a comprehensive questionnaire and in-depth interviews with representatives from Swiss SMHF. The results, including noted recommendations are, therefore, entirely the views of the participants. I hope this survey gives you both an interesting and inspiring insight into the current landscape of Swiss SMHF. A group of government institutions and industry associations, including the Swiss Funds Association SFA, has launched the "Financial Centre Dialogue” to promote Switzerland as a more competitive financial centre. This includes measures to improve the current business conditions in key sectors of the Swiss financial industry. The Swiss Confederation and the financial sector have established the "Financial Centre Dialogue Steering Committee". Several working groups are currently examining existing and new practices to better financial conditions, including the area of alternative investments. One of the main areas under review is “Private Equity/Hedge Funds”. This survey has been commissioned by GAM and developed outside the framework of the “Financial Centre Dialogue”. Nevertheless, I would like to thank both GAM, one of our prominent members in the area of alternative investments, and the ZHAW for this ground breaking survey. It provides valuable insights into the least known, but fast growing sector of the Swiss Fund and Asset Management industry: Single Manager Hedge Funds. I hope the survey will further stimulate growth and prosperity of this developing business cluster in Switzerland.de_CH
dc.publisherZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaftende_CH
dc.rightsLicence according to publishing contractde_CH
dc.subjectRegulation hedge fundde_CH
dc.subjectSingle manager hedge fundde_CH
dc.subjectSwiss hedge fundde_CH
dc.subject.ddc332.6: Investitionde_CH
dc.titleSwitzerland : a growing centre for single manager hedge fundsde_CH
dc.typeWorking Paper – Gutachten – Studiede_CH
zhaw.departementSchool of Management and Lawde_CH
zhaw.organisationalunitInstitut für Wealth & Asset Management (IWA)de_CH
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