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North Americas top hedge fund service providers have been honoured at a glittering awards ceremony in New York.

More than 300 industry professionals gathered at the landmark 583 Park Avenue for the annual HFM US Services Awards, now in their tenth year.

Prime brokers, admins, technology providers, lawyers and other vendors were celebrated across 40 categories for their exceptional innovation, customer service and business performance over the past 12 months.

The winners were chosen by an independent judging panel of COOs, CFOs, CTOs and other executives at leading US hedge funds, a process that included some forensic face-to-face interviews at HFMs New York offices and rigorous examination of some 250 online entry submissions.

Best administrator middle-office services

Best valuations firm for hard to value assets

Best advisory firm regulation and compliance

Best administrator – reporting/regulatory services

Best administrator – under $300bn client service

Best administrator – over $300bn client service

Best prime broker capital introduction

Best marketing and communications consultancy

Best onshore law firm hedge fund start-ups

Best administrator – under $30bn fund of hedge funds

Best administrator – over $30bn fund of hedge funds

Best administrator – under $300bn single manager

Best administrator – over $300bn single manager

The judging process is rigorous and thorough to ensure all entries receive full consideration and that excellence in each of the categories is truly rewarded.

A diverse panel of leading hedge fund COOs, CFOs, CCOs, GCs and CTOs will make up the judging committee with the judges then split into groups depending on their specialist expertise.

The judges will use the entries submitted and any knowledge and experience they have with the relevant firms to score the firms based on the criteria set out alongside each award category.

Our judging panel represents over $250bn of hedge fund AuM.

To add extra scrutiny to the process we are inviting shortlisted candidates for the top awards to attend a judging day where they can pitch their firms entry to a selection of the judging panel.

Details of the judging day will be announced shortly.

Once the shortlist is announced we will be in touch with the relevant shortlisted firms with an invitation to attend the judging day. Candidates will be required to appear in person to present to the judges in 10-minute slots. If the firm is unavailable to attend the judging day the judges will rely solely on their online submission. However, non-attendance could be detrimental to the firms chances of winning.

Please note: Judges are obliged to declare that they have no conflicts of interest prior to judging and sign NDAs to ensure that all information submitted as part of the judging remains private.

Best administrator middle-office services

Best administrator – over $300bn client service *

Best administrator – over $300bn single manager *

Best administrator – over $30bn fund of hedge funds

Best administrator – reporting/regulatory services

Best administrator – under $300bn client service *

Best administrator – under $300bn single manager *

Best administrator – under $30bn fund of hedge funds

Best advisory firm regulation and compliance

Best marketing and communications consultancy

Best onshore law firm hedge fund start-ups

Best prime broker capital introduction

Best valuations firm for hard to value assets

Open to vendors who collect and/or manage data other than market and pricing data. Entries must demonstrate innovations in at least one of the following areas: data collection, data structuring and classification, data delivery, data analytics, data visualisation

Sales/market share figures (hedge fund only business)

Demonstration of product innovation and description of how the market responded positively to the idea

Description of future development possibilities

Positive client feedback via submitted testimonials

This award is designed to reward firms displaying excellence in the provision of cyber-security servicing for hedge fund clients over the past 12 months. The award is open to vendors with products or services focused on protecting hedge funds from cyber-attacks, including software products, consultancy services or advisory work. Success in this category depends on a mixture of client and revenue growth, as well innovations and product or brand development that demonstrates new thinking and which can boast significant success and positive customer feedback through glowing client testimonials.

Sales/market share figures (hedge fund only business)

Demonstration of product innovation and description of how the market responded positively to the idea

Description of future development possibilities

Positive client feedback via submitted testimonials

This award is designed to recognise the technology providers who go that extra mile to support emerging managers. Success in this category depends on a mixture of client and revenue growth in the small manager/start-up space, innovative products, tools or services targeted at this part of the market and top-quality levels of client service, demonstrated by glowing testimonials from emerging managers.

Sales/market share figures (hedge fund only business)

Demonstration of product innovation and description of how the market responded positively to the idea

Description of future development possibilities

Positive client feedback via submitted testimonials

This award is designed to reward firms displaying excellence in the provision of a managed service IT model and full IT outsourcing, including IT support, infrastructure and development, across a range of hedge fund models. Success in this category depends on a mixture of client and revenue growth, as well innovations and product or brand development that demonstrates new thinking and which can boast significant success and positive customer feedback through glowing client testimonials.

Sales/market share figures (hedge fund only business)

Demonstration of product innovation and description of how the market responded positively to the idea

Description of future development possibilities

Positive client feedback via submitted testimonials

This award is designed to reward hedge fund information and data specialists that have delivered strong business/client growth, innovation and client servicing over the course of the last 12 months. Success in this category depends on a mixture of client and revenue growth, new products, tools or brand developments that demonstrated new thinking and have been well received by the sector and top-class client service standards, backed up by glowing client testimonials.

Sales/market share figures (hedge fund only business)

Demonstration of product innovation and description of how the market responded positively to the idea

Description of future development possibilities

Positive client feedback via submitted testimonials

This award is designed to reward hedge fund PMS providers that have shown strong business and revenue growth over the past 12 months alongside innovations and technical support to provide hedge fund traders, portfolio and risk managers with the ability to manage their portfolios in the most effective manner and make real time decisions. Success in this category depends on a mixture of customer and revenue growth, as well as product or brand development that demonstrates new thinking and which can boast significant success and positive customer feedback through glowing client testimonials.

Sales/market share figures (hedge fund only business)

Demonstration of product innovation and description of how the market responded positively to the idea

Description of future development possibilities

Positive client feedback via submitted testimonials

This award is designed to reward hedge fund risk management providers that have shown client and revenue growth and innovation in providing hedge fund traders, portfolio and risk managers with superior risk, scenarios and portfolio analytics across a range of strategies, including complex and multi-asset investment portfolios. Success in this category depends on a mixture of customer and revenue growth, as well as product or brand development that demonstrates new thinking and which can boast significant success and positive customer feedback through glowing client testimonials.

Sales/market share figures (hedge fund only business)

Demonstration of product innovation and description of how the market responded positively to the idea

Description of future development possibilities

Positive client feedback via submitted testimonials

This award is designed to honour firms that have excelled in the provision of outsourced IT infrastructure solutions for the hedge fund sector over the past 12 months. Success in this category depends on demonstrating client and revenue growth, as well as detailing examples of how services provided have benefitted hedge fund clients in terms of improved communications, business development and security, backed up by glowing client testimonials.

Sales/market share figures (hedge fund only business)

Demonstration of product innovation and description of how the market responded positively to the idea

Description of future development possibilities

Positive client feedback via submitted testimonials

This award is designed to recognise the leading players from across the hedge fund servicing space who are utilising the cloud to provide their hedge fund clients with the best possible service standards. Success in this category depends on demonstrating the ways in which the firm is using cloud technology in a way that is beneficial to the hedge fund, for instance through cost efficiencies, security, better business processes or widening its ability to provide a more institutionalised operational structure. Client testimonials and information on the strong business/revenue growth achieved in the hedge fund sector should also be included.

Demonstration of product innovation and description of how the market responded positively to the idea

Description of future development possibilities

Positive client feedback via submitted testimonials

This award is designed to recognise and reward excellence in the hedge fund service provider community in terms of the support they have provided their hedge fund clients in dealing with the growing challenge of managing data consumption and utilising data sources across the hedge fund manager. Success in this category depends on a mixture of demonstrating customer/revenue growth based on the new regulation, as well as detailing how your product or service has aided managers through glowing client testimonials.

Sales/market share figures (hedge fund only business)

Description of how the market responded positively to your product/service

Positive client feedback via submitted testimonials

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