Ex-Algebris COO Launches Asia Hedge Fund Advisory

May 3 2011 | 4:07am ET

A former top executive at Algebris Investments is offering her expertise to hedge funds looking to expand in Asia.

Maria Gabriela Bianchini helped Algebris establish its Singapore office last year. Now, the hedge fund's former chief operating officer—she left the firm last month—has founded Optionality Consulting in the city-state, seeking to help hedge funds hoping to get a start or grow in the region.

"Managers always need to have performance, but now they also need to have systems, risk management and process," Bianchini told Bloomberg News. "Going forward, the relevant regulatory jurisdiction is not going to be the jurisdiction where the manager sits, but where the investors sit," the former Securities and Exchange Commission lawyer added.

Optionality promises to help clients become "viable candidates" to earn a piece of the huge inflow into Asia-Pacific hedge funds in the coming years. The firm will advise hedge funds on regulatory compliance and will also serve as a sort of outsourced COO.

After leaving the SEC, Bianchini worked at law firm Schulte Roth and Zabel.

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