Ernst & Young’s (E&Y) recently published “Coming of Age: Global Hedge Fund Survey 2011” (Survey) highlighted a host of operational issues that hedge fund managers have recently grappled with, including issues related to corporate governance, succession planning and shadowing of fund administrators. See “Ernst & Young Survey Juxtaposes the Views of Hedge Fund Managers and Investors on Hedge Fund Succession Planning, Governance, Administration, Expense Pass-Throughs and Due Diligence
,” Hedge Fund Law Report, Vol. 5, No. 1 (Jan. 5, 2012). We recently interviewed Arthur Tully, the Co-Leader of E&Y’s Global Hedge Fund practice, on various topics covered by the Survey, including: issues related to valuation of investments; independent reconciliation of investment positions; reconciliation and documentation of differences in NAV calculations; independent administration considerations for UCITS funds
; and how to gather the data necessary to complete Form PF. See “Hedge Fund Valuation Pitfalls and Best Practices: An Interview with Arthur Tully, Co-Leader of Ernst & Young’s Global Hedge Fund Practice
,” Hedge Fund Law Report, Vol. 5, No. 2 (Jan. 12, 2012). In this follow-up interview, Tully shares his insight and experience on additional topics of pressing importance to hedge fund managers, including best practices for hedge fund corporate governance; compensation structures for effective succession planning; valuation issues (including a discussion of the biggest mistakes made in valuing assets); project management in the Form PF context; and administrator shadowing (including common functions shadowed by hedge fund managers). This article contains the full text of our second interview with Tully. Tully is expected to expand on these and related topics during a session focusing on hedge fund governance at the Regulatory Compliance Association’s Spring 2012 Regulation & Risk Thought Leadership Symposium. That Symposium will be held on April 16, 2012 at the Pierre Hotel in New York. Subscribers to the Hedge Fund Law Report are eligible for discounted registration.