Blockchain Innovation in Private Investment Funds – A Comparative Analysis of the United States and Europe

Wulf A. Kaal University of St. Thomas, Minnesota – School of Law Marco Dell’Erba University of Groningen; Sorbonne Law School; University of Rome, Tor Vergata Date Written: July 14, 2017 Abstract The use of blockchain technology in private investment funds is proliferating. Using a dataset of private investment fund advisers that utilize blockchain technology (N=120), […]

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Blockchain Innovation for the Hedge Fund Industry

Full paper with data analysis available here. Abstract Blockchain technology innovation is proliferating in the hedge fund industry. Blockchain technology plays a primary role in front office and investment functions, in the securing of crypto assets, but also in private investment fund managers’ attempts to satisfy the growth expectations of clients. Although the use of […]

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Private Fund Fee Structure and Blockchain Applications

  (Forthcoming: Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy – UCLA School of Law) Fully Cited Version:  https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2959730 The traditional 2/20 fee structure of private investment funds has come increasingly under pressure in the last ten years. Several market factors help explain the pressure on the fee structure of the private investment fund industry. Private fund […]

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Dynamic Regulation Via Contingent Capital

Dynamic Regulation Via Contingent Capital Review of Banking and Financial Law, Vol. 36, 2017 16 Pages Posted: Wulf A. Kaal University of St. Thomas, Minnesota – School of Law Date Written: April 24, 2017 Abstract Contingent capital securities are a largely overlooked dynamic regulatory mechanism. This essay evaluates the use of contingent capital securities in […]

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Blockchain Innovation for Private Investment Funds

Forthcoming– Cayman Financial Review (April 2017) Blockchain technology offers unprecedented innovation opportunities for the private investment fund industry. Several private investment funds have spearheaded the implementation of blockchain technology and smart contracting in their business model. While some funds simply focus on trading bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to avoid market fluctuations, others invest in and/or […]

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Private fund Performance After the Dodd-Frank Act – Evidence from 2010 to 2015

Originally blogged on Columbia Blue Sky Blog: http://clsbluesky.law.columbia.edu/2015/09/03/private-fund-performance-after-the-dodd-frank-act-evidence-from-2010-to-2015/ Does the Dodd-Frank Act lower the earnings of the private fund industry? For much of its history, the private fund industry has viewed private fund adviser registration and the disclosure of proprietary information as a threat to its profitability. Title IV of the Dodd-Frank Act introduced the most […]

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Presentation: Effect of Dodd-Frank Act on Hedge Fund Performance – at European Financial Management Association – 2014 Annual Conference – Rome Italy

EUROPEAN FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION 2014 Annual Conference June 25 – 28, 2014 University of Rome Tor Vergata – School of Economics Rome, ITALY Dear colleagues and friends of the European Financial Management Association (EFMA), On behalf of the School of Economics of the University of Rome Tor Vergata, We have the great pleasure and privilege […]

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