Hedge Funds

We deliver excellence in the hedge fund services space by providing access to best-in-class research talent that supports investment teams across asset classes and business functions in an agile and cost-effective manner.

Hedge fund services

We provide cost-competitive hedge fund services to some of the most sophisticated funds globally, including 6 of the top 10 global hedge funds looking to scale efficiently. Acuity Knowledge Partners sets up dedicated teams of analysts across equities, fixed income, private equity, data science and quantitative services to support these hedge fund clients. These teams work as an extension of the hedge fund advisory firms’ internal teams to support them across the investment research lifecycle – from idea generation to portfolio monitoring to exit. The output produced by our analysts is customised for a particular client and is for their exclusive use. By leveraging our hedge fund solutions, our clients have been able to drive proprietary investment research process at scale, providing them with a unique edge that is also sustainable.

How we are different

Ready access to skilled talent: Pool of educated, well-trained, highly skilled analysts who work as an extension of a hedge fund advisory firms, with the flexibility to ramp up, downsize and/or offer multi-language support and near-shore capabilities, depending on business requirements.

Support bottom-line optimisation: Clients optimise capacity by assigning time-consuming, non-core tasks and enjoy 40-60% cost savings while delivering hedge fund services.

Depth of delivery and industry experience: Ability to transform portfolio coverage into an around-the-clock monitoring system via our strategically located delivery centres.

A range of cross-platform hedge fund solutions under one umbrella: We offer research process automation using our proprietary automation tools (BEAT), ESG coverage and data science and technology services.

Acuity can receive payments via soft dollars: Acuity will facilitate the structure for receiving payments from third party/brokers.

Robust compliance and information security controls: Client confidentiality and information security are an integral part of our value system and, as such, are SOC 2 Type II attested, maintaining client confidentiality at the highest industry standards with robust physical, technological and compliance controls.

What we have done

Support for Consulting and Corporate Firms
Support to a global asset manager with USD1tn in AUM across fund strategies
What we are proud of

20%

increased coverage to include a larger universe of funds

1,000+

enhanced participation in multi-fund deals

Support for Consulting and Corporate Firms
Strategic data production partner to a top 3 hedge fund
What we are proud of

USD1.1m in annualised cost savings

Capital markets domain + front-office technology DNA helped create a strong validation framework

Support for Consulting and Corporate Firms
Credit research support to a discretionary investment manager with USD28bn in AuM
What we are proud of

2.5x

more credit coverage

USD1m in

estimated annualised cost savings

Support for Consulting and Corporate Firms
Natural language processing (NLP) support for ESG investing to a global asset manager (with USD700bn+ in AuM)
What we are proud of

Algorithms to power NLP engines with overall accuracy of 85% and full ownership of intellectual property

70%+ operational cost savings

Support for Consulting and Corporate Firms
Equity research support to a top 5 global equity hedge fund
What we are proud of

USD1.6m (c. 30%) in estimated annualised cost savings

Providing after-hours support to client analysts based in the US and UK

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Meet our experts

Rathnakala Kumaragurunathan (Rathi)

Director, Investment Research

Rathi has over 13 years of work experience in buy side equity research. She oversees the buy side engagements, Colombo – Sri Lanka. Rathi has extensive experience in setting up, scaling, and managing buy-side client engagements, in particular hedge fund accounts, and working closely with clients to meet their evolving needs and exceed their expectations. She has gained expertise in building and grooming talent and ensuring client requirements are met at the highest standards. Rathi Holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Management from the London School of Economics, a member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK), an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK) and a Certified Public Accountant (Australia).

Rathnakala Kumaragurunathan (Rathi)
Ramesh Punugu

Director, IR

Ramesh has over 19 years of experience in global capital markets – research and investment banking. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, Ramesh worked with the offshore research and analytics units of Crisil and iGate, managing sell-side research and investment banking teams for global clients. He started his career as an investment banker at Ind Global Financial Trust (currently part of Ernst & Young’s corporate finance practice in India), advising companies on M&A and capital raising. He holds an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in Technology.

Ramesh Punugu
Pradeepa Kuppusubramanian

Director, Fixed Income and Credit Research

Pradeepa has over 13 years of work experience, including 11 years in fixed income and credit research. She heads the fixed income and credit research teams across our global delivery locations. Pradeepa has extensive experience in setting up, scaling, and managing buy-side and sell-side client engagements, and working closely with clients to meet their evolving needs and exceed their expectations. Her asset class expertise includes focus on complex high-yield, distressed and defunct issuers; and US Municipals. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, she was an associate in the audit and business advisory wing of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Pradeepa is a Chartered Accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce.

Pradeepa Kuppusubramanian
Pedro Armstrong

Managing Director, Americas Sales

Pedro Armstrong is a Managing Director at Acuity Knowledge Partners and leads business development efforts in the Americas for the Corporate and Commercial Banking, Buy-side, and Sell-side segments. He is responsible for managing key client engagements and works in partnership with capital market firms to provide customized solutions across research and analytics support, origination and lending support, and marketing and compliance support. He has been with the organization for 12 years, serving in various roles across Sri Lanka, Costa Rica, and now the US. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, he was a Central Bank Regulator at the Central Bank of Barbados. Pedro, who is a British Chevening Scholar, holds a Master’s degree (honors) in Banking and International Finance from Cass Business School, City University, London.

Pedro Armstrong
Chanakya Dissanayake

Managing Director/Country Head, Sri Lanka, Head of Investment Research

Chanakya Dissanayake leads the investment research vertical at Acuity and counts over 16 years with the firm. In addition, Chanakya manages the Colombo delivery center that provides investment research, quant – data science , commercial lending and FMS services. Investment research vertical is responsible for the buy-side, sell-side and private wealth management clientele that obtains equity and fixed income research from Acuity. Chanakya is a CFA charterholder and a fellow member of ACCA (UK) and CIMA (UK).

Chanakya Dissanayake
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