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Institutional Investment Structures - Revisiting Managed Accounts and the Fund-of-One
With the dawn of the financial crisis now over a decade behind us, it is important to look back and understand the evolution of institutional investment structures that has taken place. Manager-led products of the past are now often ignored in favour of more bespoke investment structures and customised, investor-driven solutions.
Institutional Investor Services
Institutional investors are facing challenging economic circumstances and have increasingly adopted alternative investment strategies to provide consistent returns and meet their investment objectives. Complex structures have emerged that enable investors to best respond to opportunities within this space. Many institutional investors require assistance in establishing the operational infrastructure needed to implement these strategies and structures.
The Maples Group offers customised operational and technology solutions that enable institutional investors to execute sophisticated investment programs, enhance their risk management and governance practices and provide them with the insight and information they need to monitor managers’ investment decisions, exposures and performance at a more granular level. Ultimately, this enables the investment teams and fiduciaries at OCIO’s, pension funds, family offices, endowments and foundations to focus on their core competencies and to better understand the sophisticated alternative strategies and structures to which they have allocated capital.
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We leverage our international reach and local market knowledge to deliver a tailored service to every client, anywhere in the world.
Designed to operate as one unit, we have strategically placed teams across the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East that function within a global model to provide continuous support to our clients. The collective knowledge of our global network, supported by regional capabilities that are culturally sensitive to the jurisdictions in which you do business, delivers consistent and quality service that speaks your business’ language.
Our services to institutional investors include:
Outsourcing routine operational processes allows investment teams to focus on constructing portfolios, working with managers, and managing risks.
Institutional investors are obtaining greater transparency and data from their investment managers. While this data can be extremely valuable, properly aggregating, distilling and interpreting it requires robust systems and data management capabilities.
Management and performance fees as well as other expenses in alternative investments remain in the spotlight. Independent reviews of assets ensures fee accuracy and provides institutional investors with a greater understanding of the strategies to which they have allocated capital.
A Managed Custody Accounts ("MCA") structure creates a template for establishing strategic partnerships between asset allocators and asset managers that affords investors access to managers’ best ideas under a construct that can improve governance, better align interests and reduce expenses.
Click here for more information on our Managed Custody Accounts services, including Portfolio Accounting and Consolidated Reporting.
James is responsible for shaping the Maples Group’s offerings and enhancing its service delivery to institutional investors. He brings more than 20 years of investment management experience, with 10 years serving in senior investment roles overseeing portfolios of public assets in California and Texas. In these roles, James played a pivotal role in the development of innovative industry solutions. He was a co-creator of the Managed Custody Account structure which has been embraced by both top-tier managers and sophisticated investors and is now taught at Harvard Law School. Leveraging this experience as an innovative allocator, James is committed to helping improve the relationships, structures and deal flow between allocators and asset managers. James is a recognised thought leader in the investment industry, as evidenced through a number of awards, including being named as one of the Top 30 Pension Fund Chief Investment Officers (Trusted Insight, 2016) and receiving the Investor Intelligence Award for Innovation (Institutional Investor, 2014). He is also a regular advisor and speaker with TEXPERS and the Texas Alternative Investment Association (Previously the Texas Hedge Fund Association) and is a regular speaker at SACRS and other industry conferences.
Mark has oversight of the global data management and middle office teams within the Maples Group’s fund services business. He has significant experience in systems and project oversight, and product design and implementation. Drawing on this expertise and a client-driven approach, Mark provides external clients, including hedge funds, private equity funds and institutional investors, with custom portfolio accounting, performance analytics, risk analytics and regulatory reporting solutions. He also supports the Maples Group’s internal teams, providing data management, systems design and implementation and reporting solutions. Mark has authored several articles and has been asked to speak at various industry events on topics relating to institutionalising operations for various fund and investor types and how technology can enhance support investment decision-making.
RESOURCE HUBThe following materials provide more information on our Institutional Investor solutions.
- 30 Nov 2017 - Maples Fund Services London Credit Roundtable
- 15 Nov 2017 - Maples Fund Services New York Credit Roundtable
- 08 Aug 2017 - Institutionalising the Operations of the Modern Family Office
- 10 Jul 2017 - Staying Agile Amid Regulatory Uncertainty and Increasing Investor Demands
- 15 Nov 2016 - Generating Technological Alpha: How Fintech is Reshaping the Asset Management Industry
- 16 Nov 2015 - The Rise of Shadow Administration
- 05 May 2015 - Transparency 2.0: Providing a Competitive Edge to Institutional Investors