The news comes as DIFC continues to witness an unparalleled inflow of alternative investment firms and hedge funds. Image Credit: Dubai Media Office

Dubai: Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) has entered into an agreement with the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), representing over 2,100 corporate members with over $2.5 trillion in hedge fund and/or private credit assets.

Arif Amiri, CEO of DIFC Authority, said: “DIFC is delighted to be the first financial centre in the region to partner with AIMA. Innovation and cross-border collaboration attracts capital flows and opportunities in growth markets for high-performing hedge funds with a range of investment strategies. This agreement marks yet another pivotal moment for Dubai and DIFC as we continue to attract world-class talent, whilst driving the future of finance by providing a robust and hyper-connected ecosystem for the alternative investment industry that enables them to manage their global portfolios efficiently.”

Jack Inglis, CEO, AIMA, commented: “The past year has seen many reports of alternative investment managers, including some of the industry’s largest names, opening offices in the UAE. AIMA has enjoyed member representation in the region for over 15 years and has closely watched its growth as an important global financial hub, not just for alternative investments but also the wider asset management industry. In signing this MOU, we are pleased to partner with a recognised industry leader in the DIFC to further assist our members in Dubai and support the maturation of the alternative asset management sector in this vibrant location.”

The news comes as DIFC continues to witness an unparalleled inflow of alternative investment firms and hedge funds. Hedge funds establishing their regional presence in DIFC during the second quarter this year include: Hudson Bay Capital, a multi-billion-dollar hedge fund operating in Greenwich, New York, Miami and London; Asia Research and Capital Management Ltd, the privately owned asset management firm founded in 2011 headquartered in Hong Kong; King Street Capital, a leading global alternative asset manager founded in 1995 with over $23 billion across an institutional platform spanning multiple segments of the public and private markets; Balyasny Asset Management, founded in 2001 with over 1,000 investment professionals across all major financial centres; and Verition Fund Management LLC, the multi-strategy, multi-manager hedge fund founded in 2008 focusing on global investment strategies. The firms will relocate senior employees to DIFC to conduct portfolio management and investor relations activities.

Demonstrating broader growth across alternative investment classes, new private equity firms establishing offices in DIFC include TPG Global, Rockpoint and CVC Capital Partners.