How to Prepare for the Technological Revolution’s Transformation of the Hedge Fund Industry

Many believe that an inevitable disruption to the alternative investment industry by technology is imminent. Investment advisers that embrace and prepare for this by adopting and implementing system upgrades, digitization and cognitive technologies will likely be rewarded for their nimbleness, while those that choose not to risk becoming obsolete. See our two-part series on “How Alternative Investment Managers Can Avoid Becoming Digital Dinosaurs”: How Digitization May Transform the Industry (Mar. 1, 2018); and How Private Fund Managers Are Entering the Digital Age (Mar. 8, 2018). Not only organizations will be affected by this technological revolution, however. Individuals seeking to thrive within fund managers, for example, will need to develop new skills to successfully operate in a technology-driven organization. The Hedge Fund Law Report recently interviewed William J. Kelly, CEO of Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association and a moderator at the 2018 Cayman Alternative Investment Summit. This article presents Kelly’s insights on how individuals can prepare themselves to succeed in this dynamic industry. For additional commentary on the evolution of the hedge fund industry, see “Schulte Roth & Zabel Founding Partner Paul Roth Discusses the History and Future of the Hedge Fund Industry” (Feb. 8, 2018).

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