Mercer to help with hedge fund data for alternatives awards


The committee of mainly hedge fund managers which runs the Hedge Funds Rock annual charity dinner, on behalf of the Alternative Future Foundation, and the Australian Alternative Investment Awards, has signed up Mercer as a ‘data partner’ to help with selecting the award winners.

Kim Ivey, a hedge fund industry stalwart and a founding trustee of the Foundation, said the arrangement with Mercer came at a time when the depth and breadth of alternative investment products in Australia continue to grow rapidly.

“We are delighted with our new partnership with Mercer given their comprehensive expertise in investment consulting, research and analytics,” he said.

Ivey, the chair of boutique manager LSL Partners, is also one of the founders of what has become AIMA Australia, which has its annual forum the day before Hedge Funds Rock/Awards night, to maximise the number of interstate and overseas attendees at both events. This year both will be held at the Sofitel Wentworth in Sydney, with the AIMA forum on September 11 and the awards dinner on September 12.

Rebecca Jacques, a senior consultant at Mercer, said the organisation was excited to be involved as it looked to expand its relationships within the Australian alternatives industry.

The major sponsor for the awards dinner is funds management administrator Mainstream.

The award categories are:

  • Best Alternative Investment Manager of the Year
  • Best Alternative Fixed Income and Credit Fund
  • Best Emerging Manager
  • Best Global Macro/Futures Fund
  • Best Investor Supporting Australian Managers
  • Best Long Short Equity Fund
  • Best Market Neutral Fund
  • Best Multi Strategy Fund
  • Best Offshore Manager Operating in Australia
  • Contribution to the Australian Hedge Funds Industry Award
  • The Hedgie Award – For Best Film Clip on the Night.

Tickets will be available from July 1. AIMA Australia is expected to start announcing its keynote speakers in the coming weeks. The AIMA Australia Forum is the biggest conference of its kind on the Australasian calendar, attracting more than 300 attendees.

– G.B.