Annual Walkers Fundamentals Seminar Highlights Trends in Investor Sentiment, Governance, Side Letters, Fund Structures, Investment Vehicles and Restructurings

While the hedge fund industry has generally rebounded from a dismal 2016 with improved performance and net inflows, not all hedge funds have benefitted equally. Investors continue to apply pressure on and shape how hedge fund managers structure their funds and negotiate with investors. A panel at the recent 10th annual Walkers Fundamentals Hedge Fund Seminar hosted by Walkers Global in New York City addressed, among other things, investor sentiment; developments and trends in the use of independent directors, side letters, fund structures and investment vehicles; and fund restructurings. Walkers partner Ashley Gunning introduced the panel, which featured partners Tim Buckley and Rolf Lindsay. This article summarizes the key points presented by the panelists. For coverage of the Walkers Fundamentals Hedge Fund Seminar from prior years, see: 2016 Seminar; 2015 Seminar; 2014 Seminar; 2013 Seminar; 2012 Seminar; 2011 Seminar; and 2009 Seminar.

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