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The 'Hedgeweek Special Report: Prime Brokerage 2015' special report comprises 10 seperate articles listed below, these can be read individually or as a sequence.

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Prime brokers focus on holistic relationships

Wed, 21/01/2015 - 10:04

By James Williams (pictured) – A wise man adapts himself to circumstances as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it. (Chinese Proverb) »

James Shekerdemian, Global Head of Prime Brokerage Sales at Societe Generale Prime Services

A new chapter begins

Wed, 21/01/2015 - 10:11

Celebrating its 150th year anniversary in 2014, Societe Generale took the decision in May 2014 to buy out Credit Agricole’s 50 per cent stake in Newedge, a leading provider of clearing and execution services in OTC and listed derivatives. This gave Societe Generale full ownership of the agency broker.  »

Gildas Le Treut, Global Head of Prime Services at ABN AMRO Clearing

Well placed to grow prime brokerage offering under AIFMD

Wed, 21/01/2015 - 10:13

Today’s evolving regulatory landscape is playing to the strengths of ABN AMRO Clearing, certainly with respect to EMIR and AIFMD. Over the last 35 years, ABN AMRO Clearing has built a nexus to global market infrastructures to provide execution services and post-trading facilities across most markets and products.  »

Ben Chalice, Nomura Prime Finance

Opportunities for HFs

Wed, 21/01/2015 - 10:18

Japan attracted significant international interest following the launch of Abenomics – how should global hedge fund managers assess Japan, and the rest of Asia, as a long-term source of capital? »

Paul Kelly, CEO, Linear Investments Limited

Benefits of holistic approach

Wed, 21/01/2015 - 10:22

“In 2011, we identified that larger prime brokers were pulling back on smaller hedge funds. We saw our opportunity at that point,” states Paul Kelly (pictured), CEO of London-based Linear Investments Limited; an FCA-approved full service mini prime broker (Linear Mini Prime) providing full prime brokerage, custody and execution services to small and mid-sized hedge funds.  »

John Stracquadanio, Head of Prime Services, Scotiabank

A new paradigm for prime brokers

Wed, 21/01/2015 - 10:25

Scotiabank is one of a stable of Canadian banks that have decided to enter the prime services space as regulation begins to shake up the established order. Basel III and other regulations are providing new entrants with similar opportunities that arose following the ‘08 financial crisis as managers adopted a multi-prime approach. »

EJ Liotta, PrimeOne Solutions

Basel III set to create a richer array of prime brokers

Wed, 21/01/2015 - 10:36

By James Williams – On 4 August 2014, the Wall Street Journal reported that Goldman Sachs had commenced culling its hedge fund client roster, offloading managers who simply weren’t generating enough return on equity. Fast forward to 7 December 2014. Reuters reported that Credit Suisse was considering scaling down its prime brokerage business, as Switzerland contemplates imposing a tier one capital ratio of 4 per cent on its banks by 2019, 1 per cent higher than the Basel III ratio. »

Jack Seibald, Concept Capital Markets

Threat of rising funding costs

Wed, 21/01/2015 - 10:39

“Our history is that we’ve been very welcoming to start-up hedge funds. Even as the opportunities to service larger managers grow, we’re not just walking away from what has been a significant part of our business,” says Jack Seibald (pictured), managing member at Concept Capital Markets LLC, one of North America’s leading introducing brokers.  »

Chris Chanrod, PrimeOne Solutions

Providing a gateway for new entrants

Wed, 21/01/2015 - 10:42

“Basel III and other regulatory issues and restrictions have a number of driving factors and downstream effects on tier one primes, which drives our whole investment thesis here at PrimeOne Solutions,” states Chris Chanod pictured), Global Head of Business Development, PrimeOne Solutions, part of CoreOne Technologies.  »

Charalambos Psimolophitis, CEO of FxPro

Prime-of-Prime service launched for institutional investors

Wed, 21/01/2015 - 10:45

FxPro Financial Services Limited (‘FxPro’) has launched a Prime-of-Prime service in a bid to attract institutional investors and enable them to benefit from greater transparency and trading cost efficiencies. With FxPro Prime, hedge funds, in particular start-ups (as well as other asset managers), will be able to trade against the high quality liquidity pool that FxPro has across 11 liquidity providers and avoid having to establish prime brokerage relationships. »

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