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27 Apr 2009

Hedge Fund Assets up to $91 Billion in March

Hedge fund assets under administration (AuA) have grown to $91 billion as of 31 March 2009 from $88 billion at 31 December 2008, according to hedge fund tech. and analytics procider GlobeOp Financial Services S.A.

"I am encouraged by the level of fund inflows during the first quarter of 2009." Hans Hufschmid, chief executive officer, said, "New clients with AuA of nearly $12 billion, along with new funds from existing clients of $5 billion and subscription inflows of $3 billion, offset first quarter redemptions and terminations, which we knew would be substantial, as referenced in our 2008 preliminary results announcement."

"In addition," Hufschmid said, "client fund performance generated over $1 billion, a positive sign that hedge fund managers may have begun adapting to the changing market environment."

GlobeOp noted a sustained investor demand for greater transparency, independent portfolio verification and control of capital. Fund managers are looking for operational solutions to meet these requirements and to improve their own operational cost structures that are challenged by redemptions and lower fees.

"Funds will remain under pressure from redemptions by investors and raising new capital will continue to be challenging. Thus, while GlobeOp's current pipeline for new business is promising, we remain focused on prudent cost management and productivity improvements."

With headquarters are in London, New York, Dublin, Ireland; George Town, Cayman Islands; Harrison and Yorktown Heights, NY and Hartford, CT, U.S.A.; and Mumbai (Bombay), India, GlobeOp serves more than 180 clients worldwide, representing $91 billion in assets under administration (AuA).

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