Hedge funds find silver lining in crisis

Norwalk Advocate – Crisis can create opportunity, and for the smart hedge fund operator, the downturn gripping the global investment community is a chance to build a respected reputation in the industry.

While the financial crisis has been unprecedented, so will be the opportunities for firms that have superior compliance and risk management capabilities, said Walter Zebrowski, chairman of the Regulatory Compliance Association, which co-hosted the Hedge Fund Leadership Thought Summit this week at the Stamford Marriott.

"What it’s going to take is your leadership to act as the brake pedal when people want to take risks," he said, adding that the government plans on putting regulations on the hedge fund industry. "What does this mean for us? Everyone’s going to have to step up their game in terms of risk management."

Zebrowski is also chief investment officer for Hedgemony Partners, a Manhattan-based global private equity firm.

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