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Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners

A fund of funds in the ascendant

The fund of hedge funds sector is moribund, isn’t it? Don’t funds of funds have low or no growth, a declining share of the hedge fund industry, and even more fee pressures than single-manager hedge funds? That is the caricature, with, as always in these things, a grain of truth in there somewhere. But each year some multi-manager hedge fund businesses grow, while the sector as a whole struggles – those businesses take market share and tend to have market-leading strategy or execution capability, and sometimes both.

One such business is Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners (AIP). The hedge fund team within AIP, established in 2000, has grown each year since the financial crisis. That it has taken share in recent years is reflected in its industry ranking. According to data from Preqin, AIP was the 12th largest manager of funds of hedge funds in March 2013. In the latest industry ranking from Preqin (3Q 2015), AIP was listed as the sixth largest fund of hedge funds business in the world. In that time the firm has not made a takeover or merger of a hedge fund business, but has reached $22.6 billion in AUM.

AIP is part of Morgan Stanley Investment Management, the asset management arm of the global financial services firm. In addition to the hedge fund team, AIP also includes a private markets fund of funds team that manages private equity and real estate multi-manager strategies, and the Portfolio Solutions Group, which manages custom multi-asset portfolios. Collectively, AIP services a broad global client base that includes both institutional and high-net-worth (HNW) investors.

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