Forbes – In December, Forbes was a media partner to Markets Media, host of the Global Markets Summit inNew York City. Forbes Intelligent Investing Editor Michael Maiello moderated a hedge fund industry panel that included activist investors Clay Lifflander of Millcap Advisors and Stephen Roseman of Thesis Capital, along with Samuel Hocking, global head of sales for the prime brokerage at BNP Paribas and Kenneth Springer of Corporate Resolutions.
During the discussion, Hocking predicted a 30% failure rate for hedge funds in 2009, rising operating costs and higher margin requirements. Lifflander and Roseman discussed strategies for low-margin investing and the implication of hedge fund failures on shareholder activist strategies. Springer, a former FBI investigator and due diligence expert, revealed the increased scrutiny that hedge fund managers will have to bear.