The financial diplomat
Bruce McGuire, the head of the Connecticut Hedge Fund Association, fosters greater cooperation between the asset management and hedge fund sectors in the United States and China
Founded in 2004 in Greenwich, a vibrant hub in the United States that is home to some 380 hedge funds with combined assets worth $350 billion, CTHFA has evolved from a group of Goldman Sachs Asset Management alumni members looking to network to an organization with around 3,000 members.
What makes the association appealing to members is the synergy it creates by bringing members together to push forward development of alternative investment approaches through quarterly symposiums which serve as an educational forum and a networking opportunity for professionals, said McGuire.
In addition, asset management professionals are attracted by the town’s proximity to financial hubs in New York and its high yet affordable standard of living.
According to research by Zero2ipo, a private venture firm based in Beijing, more than 10 municipals in China are planning to establish their own industry-specific hedge fund towns like Greenwich.
In Ningbo, East China’s Zhejiang province, a fund town for hedge funds has already attracted more than 700 funds with a combined capital exceeding 100 billion yuan ($14.56 billion) as of the end of 2016. Over in Beijing, a fund town for equity firms has more than 100 funds registered with combined asset under management reaching 180 billion yuan.
According to McGuire, who is also a board member of the Connecticut-China Council, the asset management industry has in recent years been focusing on cross-border opportunities, particularly those between the US and China markets.
“Speaking from my experience at Greenwich, I think the development of fund towns rely not only on government policies regarding the attraction of investment, capitals and industries,” said the 52-year-old, who had previously worked at Chicago-based Mesirow Financial and Merrill Lynch.
“Development also depends on the environment and the availability of facilities such as hospitals, schools and lifestyle amenities which can convince asset management professionals to settle down to work and raise a family.”
CTHFA and the Zhejiang International Hedge Fund Talents Association (HTA) had on November 30 announced the first-ever strategic partnership between leading fund associations in the US and China. Officials said that this historic partnership will facilitate open dialogue and reciprocal visits between the two associations where members can share knowledge, expand their commercial networks and build new partnerships.
HTA is the largest independent hedge fund association in
China and it represents over 300 of China’s leading hedge funds.
“This is the latest in a series of engagements that CTHFA has in Chinese cities and the association will continue to promote the global hedge fund industry and facilitate crossborder growth opportunities for funds in both countries through this partnership,” said McGuire.
The two associations will also work together to build the “West Lake-Greenwich” Private Security Fund Index, delivering a valuable measure of Sino-American private fund data.
McGuire added that the decision to establish such a partnership was a simple one to make, seeing how China is the second largest economy in the world and the engine of growth for the 21st century, while US asset managers, especially those located in Greenwich, are some of the best and brightest in the field of finance and investment management.
“China can benefit greatly from the talents of these proven wealth managers, from both the positive impact their investments can have on the real Chinese economy and through the superior returns generated for Chinese institutions and investors. We want to be a part of the significant growth in China,” said McGuire.
Bruce McGuire has helped delegations from China organize visits to CTHFA in Greenwich. Bruce McGuire,