Patric De Gentile Williams, FRM Captial Advisors

Hedge funds face different regulatory issues in different jurisdictions.

In the US the issue of registration, while not currently the top of most people's agendas, will undoubtedly return once market dislocations have moderated and the US elections are over.

The more interesting question is what will be the fallout from the current difficulties?

Will regulators attempt to limit the amount of leverage that funds can employ or force greater levels of disclosure?

Will investors continue to direct assets to the largest hedge funds, thereby further increasing the barriers to entry for prospective hedge fund managers?

Whatever the outcome we believe the industry will emerge stronger and wiser from the current market turmoil and that investors will increase their allocations to the asset class because of its absolute return criteria, strong risk management and low correlation with other asset classes.

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