Arden Expands Its Global Business While Retaining Its Independence

Claire Makin | InvestHedge

Over the past 22 years, Arden Asset Management has evolved from a fund of hedge funds manager to full-spectrum provider of products and advice to major global institutions. From its spacious open-plan headquarters on Park Avenue in Manhattan, and an office in London, Arden now runs 18 customized portfolios for large institutional clients in the US, Europe, Middle East and Asia, as well as three daily liquidity products and four commingled programs.

The firm scored a major coup in June 2014 when it won a coveted $5.6 billion advisory account for the $60 billion Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management (PRIM). Taking on the role of consultant, Arden is overseeing PRIM’s hedge fund program and its transition to managed accounts, bringing total assets under management and advisory for Arden to $11.6 billion.

Arden had already made industry headlines in November 2012, when it launched a daily liquidity mutual fund backed by Fidelity, which quickly attracted more than $1 billion in assets. Arden has since launched two other liquid alternatives products, for US and non-US investors.

In short, Arden’s management has been very adept at managing change and harnessing innovation.

How did a firm that started life as a fund of hedge funds manager not only survive, but benefit from the seismic shifts that have occurred in the hedge fund landscape and institutional thinking over the past two decades?

The complete article, originally published in the April 2015 InvestHedge, is available for download below.

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