The 'Hedgeweek USA Awards 2016' special report comprises 20 separate articles listed below, these can be read individually or as a sequence.

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Great work amidst challenging times

Great work amidst challenging times

Firstly, let’s start with a positive message. As the latest Hedgeweek USA Awards event in New York on 15 September showed once again, the energy and creative dexterity of hedge fund industry participants remains undented by the continuous intervention of regulators and central bankers. Hedge funders are a hardy bunch, and it was great to see so many engaging conversations during the course of the evening. 

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Walkers - Best Offshore Law Firm

Walkers - Best Offshore Law Firm

Walkers is one of the most recognised international law firms and works with some of the hedge fund industry's largest asset managers. In total, the Group has 580 personnel, of which 250 alone are based in the Cayman Islands. "Overall, we've hired 100 people globally this year to bolster our five core practices: investment funds, finance & corporate, insolvency & dispute resolution, wealth structuring, and tax and regulatory advice," says Ingrid Pierce (pictured), Global Managing Partner at Walkers. 

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Broadridge Investment Management Solutions - Best North American Data Visualisation Software Provider

Broadridge Investment Management Solutions - Best North American Data Visualisation Software Provider

A decade ago, there was nothing wrong with having eight or 10 vendors in place to run a hedge fund operation. But times have changed, as has technology. So much so, that established managers are increasingly looking to reduce overhead costs and complexity by consolidating the number of their critical systems into single or integrated solutions, often delivered on a hosted basis. 

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SEI - Best Liquid Alternatives Fund Administrator & Managed Account Platform Technology Firm

SEI - Best Liquid Alternatives Fund Administrator & Managed Account Platform Technology Firm

In a new thought-provoking white paper entitled The upside of disruption – why the future of asset management depends on innovation, SEI picks out five important trends that are re-shaping the way we live our lives, both socially and professionally. SEI refers to these five trends as: Watsonisation; Googlisation; Amazonisation; Twitterisation, and Uberisation. 

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Gemini Alternative Funds - Best Managed Accounts Platform

Gemini Alternative Funds - Best Managed Accounts Platform

Gemini Alternative Funds, LLC (Gemini Alt) operates an open architecture environment that facilitates the creation of dedicated managed accounts (DMA) for large institutions. The infrastructure is supported by Gemini Alt's parent company, NorthStar Financial Services Group LLC (NorthStar), which has more than USD455 billion in AUM (as of 8/31/16).

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Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP - Best North American Accounting Firm

Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP - Best North American Accounting Firm

Six time Best Global Accounting Firm, Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP is also being honoured with this year's Best North American Accounting Firm. With a staff of more than 350 and numerous specialised industry and service teams, Anchin is a full-service accounting, tax and advisory firm that provides investment companies, privately-held businesses, and high net worth individuals/family offices with a wide range of traditional and non-traditional services. 

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Maitland Group - Best North American Hedge Fund Administrator

Maitland Group - Best North American Hedge Fund Administrator

Maitland is one of the industry's largest independent hedge fund administrators with USD280 billion in AuA. With more than 1,300 employees across 16 offices globally, Maitland is more than a fund administrator. It is a global advisory group, with its roots as an innovative law firm in Luxembourg in 1976 offering cross-border structuring solutions to corporates and some of the world's wealthiest families. 

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Nasdaq - Best North American Trading Venue

Nasdaq - Best North American Trading Venue

Nasdaq is recognised as one of the world's leading technology companies, from the financial technology and corporate and data services it provide to hundreds of capital market operators and regulators around the world, to being the listings home of the world's greatest technology companies and young startups blossoming from Silicon Valley and Alley. 

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Sadis & Goldberg LLP - Best North American Law Firm

Sadis & Goldberg LLP - Best North American Law Firm

Sadis & Goldberg LLP is one of New York's leading financial services focused law firms. Known both domestically and internationally as a dominant force in the financial services sector, Sadis & Goldberg serves clients throughout the world and was recently ranked as one of the top five law firms for hedge fund launches in the 2016 Preqin Global Hedge Fund Report.