2017 Press release

The upper crust of the Swisshedge funds industry revealed!



Around 180 institutional investors and hedge fund managers gathered last Wednesday in Geneva to discover the winners of the BANCO Swiss Hedge Funds Awards 2017, an event organized by BANCO, the Swiss Asset Management Magazine. In a ceremony that took place at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues – with the support of MFM Mirante Fund Management, Oligo Swiss Fund Services and Key Investment Services – the competition rewarded the 22 best funds available to Swiss institutional investors (both single hedge funds and funds of hedge funds) in all major alternative strategies (see the list of winners below).


For this 11th edition of the BANCO Awards, a total of 250 funds were in competition, a number that included just as many Single Hedge Funds as Funds of Hedge Funds. This year, Funds available only for qualified investors made up 37% of competitors, a proportion that has dropped slightly since last year compared to funds available for public distribution. The 2017 lineup also saw a striking increase in fixed income funds among participants. After going down every year since 2014, their number doubled, from 26 last year to 46 this year.


As always, participants entered the competition on a voluntary basis and had to provide information with strict transparency requirements, not only in terms of their performance history, but also in terms of their underlying positions. Nominees were selected on a quantitative basis and then subjected to the assessment of a Jury of institutional investors and industry experts who designated the laureates. As the winners make up less than 10% of the participants, it is safe to say that the BANCOawards gathered the ultimate upper crust of the Swiss hedge fund industry on Wednesday, October 18th.


The event was also the occasion for BANCO to announce the launch of a new competition: the BANCO Swiss Pension Funds Awards, which will take place in spring 2018. Over a day, it will offer a program of conferences and will give out around 6 prizes to pension funds based on the assessment of a jury of industry professionals. The event is sure to provide a great opportunity for asset managers and Swiss pension funds to connect. More details will come by the end of 2017 and in the next editions of BANCO.


The pictures of the ceremony of the BANCO Swiss Hedge Funds Awards 2017 will be published in the December Hedge Fund special of BANCO, but will also be found on www.bancoawards.com in the coming days.


Rewarding the best hedge funds and funds of hedge funds in Switzerland since 2006