Hedge Fund Structure, Regulation, and Performance Around the World

ISBN : 9780199862566

Douglas Cumming; Na Dai; Sofia A. Johan
312 Pages
163 x 240 mm
Pub date
May 2013
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Hedge funds and their managers have been vilified in recent times for their high-risk activities and relative lack of regulatory oversight. A recurrent concern shared by market participants and regulators around the world is that the increasing size of the hedge fund industry coupled with potential agency problems, activist investment practices, and herding behavior may exacerbate financial instability. However, while it is frequently suggested that hedge funds are unregulated, they are in fact regulated to some degree in every country around the world. It is important to consider differences in legal and institutional settings across countries as they directly affect the structure, governance, and performance of hedge funds. In this book, the authors consider data from a multitude of countries to understand how and why hedge fund markets differ around the world. While hedge funds are hardly regulated in the US, other jurisdictions implement different and sometimes more onerous sets of regulatory requirements. As explained in the book, international differences in hedge fund regulation include, but are not limited to, minimum capitalization requirements, restrictions on the location of key service providers, and different permissible distribution channels via private placements, banks, other regulated or non-regulated financial intermediaries, wrappers, investment managers, and fund distribution companies.


1. Introduction to Hedge Funds
2. Agency Problems in Delegated Portfolio Management
3. International Perspectives on Hedge Fund Regulation
4. Overview of Empirical Finance Methods to Study Hedge Funds
5. Hedge Fund Forum Shopping
6. Hedge Fund Capital Raising
7. Hedge Fund Performance and Compensation
8. Hedge Fund Misreporting
9. Hedge Fund Performance Persistence
10. Hedge Fund Liquidation and Influence on the General Market
11. Conclusions, Unanswered Questions and the Future of the Hedge Fund Industry

About the author: 

Douglas Cumming, JD, PhD, CFA, is a Professor of Finance and Entrepreneurship and the Ontario Research Chair at the Schulich School of Business, York University. His research spans areas that include entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial finance, venture capital, private equity, IPOs, law and finance, market surveillance, and hedge funds. He is a Co-Editor of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and has been a guest editor 9 times for special issues of top journals. He has published 9 books, 28 book chapters, and 85 articles in leading refereed finance, entrepreneurship, management, and legal academic journals since completing his J.D./Ph.D. in 1999. ; Na Dai is an Assistant Professor of Finance at the School of Business at the University of Albany (SUNY). Her primary research interests are corporate finance, the public and private offering, the financing of entrepreneurship and innovation, and hedge funds. Her scholarly works have appeared in leading finance journals and entrepreneurship journals.; Sofia Johan, J.D., Ph.D. is an Adjunct Professor of Law, Entrepreneurship and Finance at the Schulich School of Business, York University. Her research areas include entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial finance, venture capital, private equity, IPOs, law and finance, market surveillance and hedge funds.

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