RegulationAccounting StandardsPwC predicts more hedge fund controls

PwC predicts more hedge fund controls

PwC is predicting more operational controls among hedge funds in the wake of the global financial turmoil

In its newly released sixth annual global hedge fund whitepaper –
‘Operational Risk: an alternative challenge’ –
PricewaterhouseCoopers
(PwC) is predicting regulatory pressure will induce the hedge fund industry to
be more transparent to its investors about its operational controls.

Graham Phillips, PwC European hedge fund practice leader, said market
volatility meant the operational control environment ‘must be sufficiently
robust to withstand proper scrutiny’, particularly from instituteional
investors.

‘In fact, we expect to see many more requests of hedge fund managers to
provide formal reports on controls, in the same way as traditional asset
managers have provided to their institutional investors for many years,’ he
said.

Robert Mellor, PwC UK financial services tax leader, predicted tax
liabilities would move centre stage: ‘Recent regulation, US congressional
enquiries and pressure to adopt governance standards, have all increasingly
challenged investors to consider and understand the tax issues associated with
their underlying investment. Funds in many territories are voluntarily adapting
to the standards of FIN48, one of the most significant developments on the tax
scene.’

Further reading:

‘Irresponsibility’ fuelled meltdown: Brown

Make-believe world of tax

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