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Hedge fund administrators and asset valuations – does it all add up?

Harry McVea (School of Law, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK)

Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance

ISSN: 1358-1988

Article publication date: 9 May 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to assess the role of hedge fund administrators, particularly in relation to valuing complex and/or illiquid financial instruments.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper proceeds by way of an analysis of key trends and developments within the hedge fund administration industry in relation to the regulatory challenges posed by complex and/or illiquid instruments.

Findings

The paper argues that, because of inherent problems over the attribution of value to complex and/or illiquid assets, emphasis on independent valuation by administrators is largely misplaced. Recent events concerning valuation difficulties in the subprime mortgage market illustrate these very concerns.

Originality/value

The paper questions the ability of independent hedge fund administrators to provide reliable valuations for complex and/or illiquid instruments. Independent valuation of such assets suggests a level of scrutiny that is in fact not present. Moreover, the financial market meltdown surrounding the collapse of the subprime mortgage market provides a timely and salutary reminder that independent valuations of complex and/or illiquid instruments are inherently unreliable.

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Citation

McVea, H. (2008), "Hedge fund administrators and asset valuations – does it all add up?", Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance, Vol. 16 No. 2, pp. 130-141. https://doi.org/10.1108/13581980810869788

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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