The Changing Face of Alternative Asset Management in Switzerland

Switzerland is the third largest global centre of alternative asset management, after North America and the United Kingdom.  Around three times the size of Connecticut, the small, central European country boasts approximately 15% of global assets under management.  In a guest article, Matthew Feargrieve, leader of the Funds and Investment Services practice in the London and Zurich offices of Appleby, examines the composition of the Swiss alternative asset management market, focusing on single managers and managers of funds of hedge funds (FoHFs); reviews the current and prospective regulatory environment in Switzerland for each type of manager; and assesses the country’s future generally as a centre of alternative asset management against the backdrop of economic austerity and regulatory zeal in Europe.

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