Northern Trust Named Best Overall Hedge Fund Administrator

New York ( – Northern Trust has been named the Best Overall Hedge Fund Administrator by HFMWeek in the magazine’s inaugural U.S. Service Provider Awards. The awards recognize companies that have outperformed their peers during 2008-2009 and demonstrated financial progress, growth and genuine innovation.

“Northern Trust was recognized for the strength of its service offering and for demonstrating business momentum and product innovation during a challenging period for the hedge fund industry,” said Lucy Guest, senior publishing executive for HFMWeek.

“The importance of a Third Party Administrator is now being disseminated throughout the industry so that all funds, including start ups, are embracing the need for the service.” Joe Goldstein, Managing Partner at G&S Fund Services, said. “Prior to Madoff, start up and smaller funds were reluctant to use third party administrators even though we provided them with a higher quality of financial management at a lower cost.”

What Goldstein sees as a change in the industry is that the necessity of a hedge fund administrator is now understood by investors. “This change is contributing to the growth of the hedge fund administration business, as funds who were reluctant to use hedge fund administrators are now either turning over their financial administration to a third party, or at very least using them to review and confirm their NAV calculations.” Goldstein said.

Northern Trust has a growing hedge fund servicing business, with assets under administration of $75.5 billion as of June 30, 2009, an increase of 54 percent over the prior year. Northern Trust services nearly 300 hedge funds worldwide as of June 2009, and in the previous 12 months had provided global operations services to more than 120 new fund launches and transitions.

“We’re delighted to be recognized as best overall administrator as it validates our approach of blending innovative technology, strong process and automation with the exceptional service standards that set Northern Trust apart from our competitors,” said Matt Ward, Head of Fund Administration-North America for Northern Trust. “Ultimately this is a service business and our experienced and attentive people are the real strength of our offering.”

Editing by Alex Akesson
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