California Hedge Fund Association Rebrands to CalALTs in Alternatives Push

Mar 2 2017 | 10:36pm ET

The California Hedge Fund Association has changed its name to the California Alternative Investments Association (CalALTs) in order to reflect a broader focus on the alternative investment industry in the state.

The new brand comes as the 1,200-member strong organization focuses on fostering growth and advancing the development of a wider range of California’s alternative investment community, the association said in a statement. 

In the year ahead, CalALTs will focus on membership collaboration through hosting educational events such as ALTSLA and numerous networking events such as its well-known Las Vegas and Southern California Socials. The organization will also focus on education and best practices for alternative investment managers through content and information provided on its website and social media channels. 

The alternative investment community in California currently includes over 1,000 firms with approximately $1 trillion in assets under management, CalALTs added. Members range from large, well-established organizations to emerging hedge funds, private equity firms, venture capital firms and other alternative and traditional asset management firms as well as service providers such as accounting, law, brokerage, and technology companies. 

“As California continues its exponential growth as an alternative investing hub, we have expanded our mandate to represent the interests of, and foster growth and collaboration among, the alternative investment community in the state,” CalALTs president Jason Gerlach said. “The lines between hedge funds and other alternative asset classes like private equity are no longer clear, and we have found that managers across the investment spectrum are facing similar challenges, and that it is critical for them to foster meaningful relationships with their peers.”

Founded in 2010, the California Alternative Investments Association is a not-for-profit organization whose 1,200 members include alternative asset managers, investors and service providers who are dedicated to the continuing evolution of the alternative asset management industry in California. 

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