New barriers to starting hedge fund in the EU in 2018


Risk systems, middle and back office, operational procedures, producing performance reports and detailed analysis can all be outsourced. Your IT should be private and cloud-based. Having it run by experts in the field will mean that regulatory stipulations are met, and efficiency is maximized. Managing technology is a profession and it’s much better to outsource this if you’re starting a new firm.

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In-house seeder fund capacity and a good capital introduction team

Large prime brokers are often not able to find you the seed capital, despite their promises.  They often simply can’t justify the time and do not have the contacts for a new hedge fund.

A key part of your success will be to find in-house seeder fund capacity combined with a capital introduction team who focuses on emerging funds and works on a results basis. This team will already have established relationships with investors and understand what they require.

Prime Brokers  

Integrating with a specialized prime broker gives you the advantage of an aggregated platform serving multiple smaller hedge funds. This is important at a time when small funds are struggling to gain access to global prime brokers. Basel 111 forces prime brokers to try and shore up their balance sheets so they may find they need to drop smaller clients who are just not profitable enough. Brexit has also had an effect and brokers who operate in the UK and Europe are able to obviate this effect.

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Jerry Lees
Jerry has been Chairman of Linear Investments since January 2013. Linear Investments is FCA regulated to provide prime brokerage, execution, and hedge fund platform services, including FCA umbrella, capital introduction and hedge fund office infrastructure. Lees started his career as a trainee graduate at Lloyds bank. He gained experience in many technology and financial businesses before founding Northgate Computer Services, a leading Financial FinTech company. Later he was part of the team that created Liberty (part of Clearstream Bank), the first global electronic trading and execution platform. As Global Marketing Director, he set up distribution throughout Europe, the USA, and the Far East. The business was sold to Reuters for £50m in 1999.