Credit Suisse Halves Number Of Start-Ups Accepted By Prime Brokerage

Jul 1 2011 | 12:13pm ET

Credit Suisse is getting picky about the start-up hedge funds it takes on as prime brokerage clients.

The bank is insisting on more than a strong investment track record—it wants new managers to show an understanding of infrastructure and some standard business sense, hoping to build relationships with firms that have long-term prospects for success. And that means Credit Suisse is taking on only half as many startups this year than it did in the past.

Just 10% of nascent hedge funds that have sought Credit Suisse's services have been graced with them, Hedge Fund Alert reports. In the past, the bank has taken on about 20% of such firms, prime brokerage chief Phil Vasan told some clients on a conference call last week.

Vasan told those clients that greater selectivity will lead to better capital introduction services. He also cited calls from investors, saying that "in a market flush with launches, investors tell us they're challenged to sort through them all and find what they're looking for."


In Depth

bfinance: Fees Falling Across Asset Classes, Yet Overall Investor Costs Still Climbing

May 16 2017 | 9:53pm ET

Despite unprecedented attention on fees, new research from investment consultancy...

Lifestyle

Aston Martin Returns To Debt Market As DB11 Drives Turnaround

Mar 31 2017 | 5:21pm ET

James Bond’s preferred carmaker is returning to the public debt markets for the...

Guest Contributor

Risk-Based Compliance: Why Oversight Of Outsourcing Is Critical

May 10 2017 | 7:02pm ET

Compliance is notoriously one of the trickiest middle office functions for funds...

 

From the current issue of