On May 31, 2011, the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), published a guide aimed at communicating institutional investors’ views, expectations and preferences to the hedge fund industry. As described by AIMA Chairman Todd Groome, the guide was published “[i]n light of the ongoing ‘institutionalisation’ of the hedge fund industry and the growth of institutional investor participation.” The authors of the guide, members of the AIMA Investor Steering Committee, and “some of the most influential investors and advisors in the industry,” include Luke Dixon of Universities Superannuation Scheme, Andrea Gentilini of Union Bancaire Privée, Kurt Silberstein of the California Public Employees Retirement Scheme, Michelle McGregor-Smith of British Airways Pension Investment Management and Adrian Sales of Albourne. See “CalPERS ‘Special Review’ Includes Details of Misconduct and Recommendations That May Fundamentally Alter the Hedge Fund Placement Agent Business
,” Hedge Fund Law Report, Vol. 4, No. 11 (Apr. 1, 2011). The guide covers a range of increasingly relevant operational and organizational issues that institutional investors consider in their due diligence reviews, including: hedge fund governance, constitutional documents, the role of the board of directors, performance reporting practices and transparency, counterparty risk, operations, fund liquidity, risk controls, ownership of the management company, sales and marketing, valuation, business continuity planning, compliance, service provider relationships and more. This article offers a comprehensive discussion of the key principles, ideas and recommendations presented in the guide.