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9 Apr 2008

Hedge Fund Services Group Formed By RBC

RBC Capital Markets, the hedge fund arm of the Royal Bank of Canada, has formed the RBC Global Prime Services Group to provide support to hedge fund managers, mutual fund managers and institutional asset managers.

Jeremy Frommer, head of RBC Global Prime Services said, "We recognize that the lines between hedge fund and traditional institutional managers are becoming more obscure as their needs become more similar....We decided to break down silos by bringing together, under a single umbrella, everything from prime brokerage to trading technology, securities lending to capital introductions, as well as financing."

The Global Prime Services Group, which has made a substantial investment in technology this year, has seen a 20% increase in clients and a related increase in assets under management in the past six months. It has also recently launched he RBC Capital Introduction Group, the RBC Emerging Manager Allocator platform, and the RBC Global Futures & Base Metals Group.

RBC Capital Markets is the corporate and investment banking arm of the Royal Bank of Canada (RCB). Its North American platform includes a significant U.S. middle market investment banking franchise and leading equity, underwriting, sales, trading and research businesses. Bloomberg ranks the firm as one of the top 15 investment banks globally.