The Eurekahedge Report - April 2018

April 2018 | Eurekahedge

The benchmark Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was down 0.54% in March, while the MSCI World Index was down 2.21% over the month. Total assets under management decreased by US$3.1 billion during the month as the sector witnessed performance-based decrease of US$1.3 billion while registering net asset outflows of US$1.7 billion. The total size of the industry now stands at US$2.48 trillion.

Asset Flows Update

April 2018 | Eurekahedge

The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index declined 0.54% in March while underlying markets as represented by the MSCI World Index declined 2.21% over the same period. Among regional mandates, Latin American managers posted the best gains, up 0.81% while all other regional mandates languished into negative territory. Across strategies, distressed debt hedge funds led the table with gains of 5.74% followed by relative value hedge funds which were up 0.31%.

Hedge Fund Performance Commentary

April 2018 | Eurekahedge

Hedge funds registered their second consecutive month of losses since the start of the year, with the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index declining 0.54% in March, while still outperforming the MSCI World Index which ended the month down 2.21%. The average return of the global hedge fund was pulled into negative territory in March as choppy trading conditions across commodities, and weaker global equity performance continued to affect the trading scene. March was marked by investors’ concerns over the US and China trade war which made headlines throughout the month and negatively affected the global equity markets, most of which ended the month in the red. As of Q1 2018, hedge funds are down 0.13%, ahead of underlying markets as the MSCI World Index posted losses of 2.24%. Close to 55% of managers were in positive territory, and roughly 6% posted year-to-date returns in excess of 10% over the first quarter. Latin American managers led among regional mandates this month with their 0.81% gain,

Indian Hedge Funds: Good Returns, Mediocre Alpha?

April 2018 | Eurekahedge

Indian hedge funds outperformed their global peers by a large margin in 2017, riding on the back of the Indian equity market’s exceptional performance over the year. The Eurekahedge India Hedge Fund Index generated 28.96% return over 2017, dwarfing the 8.25% return posted by the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index over the same period, which also happened to be the best annual performance of the global hedge fund industry since 2013. However, most of those gains were generated through exposure toward the fast growing equity market of the country, raising the question of whether some of these hedge fund managers actually generate enough alpha for their investors to justify their management and performance fees.

2017 Overview: Key Trend in Asian Hedge Funds

April 2018 | Eurekahedge

Asian hedge funds ended 2017 with their strongest performance recorded since 2009, as reflected by the 16.94% gain posted by the Eurekahedge Asian Hedge Fund Index, which is more than double the 8.25% gain generated by their global peers represented by the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index over 2017. Incredible stock market rallies across the continent, especially in Greater China and India, combined with strong economic growth have greatly contributed to the performance of the hedge fund managers with exposure toward the region.

Asian Hedge Funds Infographic April 2018

April 2018 | Eurekahedge

Eurekahedge’s Asian hedge funds infographic sums up the industry as at April 2018. Find out more about Asian hedge funds assets under management (AUM), asset flows into strategic and regional mandates, strategy returns, fund size and geographic AUM, head office locations and the best and worst performances of the year.

Flip-Flopping on Policy – The Australian Government’s Approach to MITs and Stapled Structures

April 2018 | Muhunthan Kanagaratnam, Chris Merjane, Tina Chen and Matthew Charman, Gilbert + Tobin

The Australian Government has targeted the use of Managed Investment Trusts (MITs) by foreign investors in a reversal of original policy objectives to the introduction of MITs, while couching the proposed package in terms of levelling the playing field.

Important Changes to Regulations and Compliance for Investment Funds

April 2018 | Jonathan Culshaw, Ian Gobin, Matt Taber and Thomas Dugdale, Harneys

This alert highlights important changes to the regulatory and compliance regime for the Cayman Islands investment funds industry in 2018

New Regulations Increase Uncertainties Regarding Chinese Investments in Offshore Funds

April 2018 | Serena Tan, Ken W. Muller, Stephanie C. Thomas, Jason R. Nelms and Chuan Liu, Morrison & Foerster LLP

On March 1, 2018, the Administrative Measures for Outbound Investments by Enterprises (??????????) (“Circular 11”) issued by the National Development and Reform Commission (the “NDRC”) went into effect. In addition to regulating direct outbound investments by Chinese companies in general, Circular 11 introduces a new regulatory framework administered by the NDRC governing Chinese companies’ sponsorship of, and investment in, offshore private equity investment funds.

Regulators "Coin" Opinions on ICOs

April 2018 | Brett Hillis, Kari S. Larsen, Alexander Murawa and Rebecca Kellner, Reed Smith LLP

In the latest of a series of articles commenting on global regulatory developments in cryptocurrency, this client alert explores recent regulatory engagement with the token market (with a particular focus on Europe) and looks ahead to proposals for 2018. Gibraltar’s ICO regulations, as well as the Swiss regulator’s publication of ICO guidelines have arguably set the tone for an interesting year in the developing regulatory landscape.

Structural Changes in Hedge Fund Financing Transactions

April 2018 | Bryan L. Barreras, Mayer Brown LLP

A fund of hedge funds (“FoHF”) is an investment vehicle that offers its investors exposure to a portfolio of hedge funds selected by the investment manager of the fund. The investment manager uses his/her knowledge, diligence and expertise to select and manage the hedge fund portfolio, saving his/her investors from the need and the operational and resource commitments to do so. In implementing their investment strategy, FoHFs often utilize financing transactions for various purposes, among them to provide leverage and liquidity. Regardless of purpose, because these funds have no natural life span, the financing transactions typically remain in place for lengthy periods of time. And because of their relatively long durations, these transactions often require amendments to accommodate changes to the fund, transaction or structure of the pledged collateral. While many such amendments are routine in nature and may require limited legal analysis, amendments related to, or arising out of, ce