2017-5-30

The Hedge Fund Standards Board (HFSB), the global standard-setting body for the alternative investment industry, has become Co-Chair of the Open Protocol Working Group. The Open Protocol template standardises the collection and representation of risk information of hedge funds and other types of investment funds, and currently is used by funds with over $1 trillion in assets under management.

Open Protocol, which is an open standard which all investors and managers are free to adopt, will be added to the SBAI Toolbox. The Toolbox complements the HFSB’s standard-setting activities by providing additional guidance on practical issues to managers, investors and fund directors. The materials available through the Toolbox serve as a guide only and are not formally part of the Standards and the HFSB’s “comply-or-explain” approach. Open Protocol will become the fourth item in the HFSB Toolbox, following the publication of the Cyber Security Memo, Administrator Transparency Reporting and the Standardised Board Agenda.

Open Protocol was developed in 2011 by a working group of leading investors, managers and other industry stakeholders to improve alternative investment fund transparency and to aid investors in aggregating their exposure across funds. The Open Protocol Working Group will continue maintaining and developing the template to ensure it remains up-to-date. The working group will be co-chaired by Albourne Partners and the HFSB. In addition to the HFSB joining the working group, Callan Associates, the investment consultant, has also joined.
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Please visit The Open Protocol's new home: http://www.sbai.org/toolbox/open-protocol-op-risk-reporting/