2016 Press release
BANCO unveils the best hedge fund managers of the decade in Switzerland
Around 200 institutional investors and hedge funds managers gathered last thursday in Geneva to discover the winners of the BANCO Swiss Hedge Funds Awards 2016. In a ceremony that took place at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues with the support of Oligo Swiss Fund Services and Key Investment Services, the competition rewarded the 24 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). As 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the BANCOawards, three additional trophies were given to the three best managers of the decade, namely the managers who were most consistently rewarded in this competition in ten years: Edmond de Rothschild, Kedge Capital Fund Management and Rothschild Asset Management.
In recent years, the hedge fund industry has seen the best and the worst of times. But in a decade of existence, the BANCOawards never failed to find and reward the finest achievers in the sector. Ten years ago, the competition started with 80 participating funds, of which only one was a “single hedge fund”. What is more, all of them were authorized for public distribution in Switzerland. That picture has changed. This year, as much as 252 funds lined up, half of which are only available to qualified investors. Another striking evolution is that there are now almost as many Single Hedge Funds in competition as Funds of Hedge Funds. This not only shows the growing interest of single hedge funds managers in the BANCOawards. Above all, it shows how much attention institutional investors are starting to give to these products.
As always, the BANCO Swiss Hedge Funds Awards apply strict transparency requirements to participants, not only in terms of their performance history, but also in terms of their underlying positions – all of which allows for a proper assessment of the nominees (selected on a quantitative basis) by a Jury of institutional investors and industry experts.