The Alternative Investment Management Association

Alternative Investment Management Association Representing the global hedge fund industry

Sponsoring Members

Through the provision of financial support in excess of standard membership fees, AIMA’s Sponsoring Members play a vital role in assisting AIMA in undertaking global activities and enhancing the level of sound practices within the industry.

Sponsoring Membership of AIMA is an invitation-only membership option and the following are the current Sponsoring Members:


Exchange CME Group
Accountant / Auditor EY
Accountant / Auditor PwC
Hedge Fund Manager Man Investments
Fund of Hedge Funds Manager Permal
Legal Services Simmons & Simmons


All information supplied in the following sponsoring member profiles has been provided by the member company and its accuracy is not guaranteed by AIMA.

CME Group

CME Group is the operator of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the Chicago Board of Trade and the New York Mercantile Exchange. We understand the importance of hedge funds in global financial markets as providers of liquidity and absorbers of risk. In a world of increasing volatility and uncertainty, hedge fund customers around the globe rely on CME Group as their partner and premier source for managing risk. CME Group is the largest and most diverse financial exchange in the world – providing you with the credit risk reduction, liquidity, products, anonymity and speed you need to meet your business objectives and achieve your firm’s financial goals. Our exchange provides transparency and more importantly, the proven security of central counterparty clearing. CME Group is traded at NASDAQ under the symbol "CME."

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EY 175

EY has earned a reputation as the preeminent advisor serving hedge funds. We provide advice, ideas and recommendations tailored to meet the needs of entrepreneurial alternative asset managers, banks, brokerage firms and traditional asset managers entering the alternative asset management business. We are the leading service provider to onshore and offshore hedge funds and have been ranked the number one accounting firm in the Advest and HedgeWorld surveys. We have been named “Best Accounting Firm” by Hedge Funds Review for two consecutive years, “Best Advisory Firm” three times by HFM Week, “Best Audit Services/Accounting Firm” by HFM Week for four consecutive years, and “Best Accounting Firm” and “Best Deal Advisor” by Hedge Fund Journal.

EY has a team that brings together the knowledge and skills required to meet and exceed the demands of clients managing and investing assets around the world. We are the market leader in our chosen sphere and provide services to approximately 75% of the top 100 global hedge funds.

Client teams are multidisciplinary, drawing on extensive experience in such areas as accounting, regulatory, tax, transactions, derivatives, executive compensation and risk management.
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Permal Group is a leading global alternative asset manager offering investment solutions through established funds and customized portfolios. Today, the Group manages approximately $22 billion with a global investment team based in New York and London, and additional investment resources in Singapore and Paris. Clients include sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, endowments, foundations, insurance companies, family offices, private banks and high net worth individuals. The Group has established offices in Europe, America and Asia, and extensive networks of experienced managers and relationships around the globe.

Established in 1973, Permal is today part of the Legg Mason Group of Companies. Legg Mason is one of the world's largest asset management firms with a diverse family of independent investment managers who are each widely recognized for their specialized expertise, commitment to long-term performance and outstanding client service.

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Man Investments is a world-leading alternative investments management business that can trace its origins back more than 225 years. The original business was launched in 1783 and rapidly evolved to become a global leader in commodities trading before entering the asset management industry in 1983. Since then, it has launched over 500 investment products worldwide and its parent company, Man Group plc, is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a member of the FTSE 100 Index.

Man Investments has always focused exclusively on alternative investments and, through its specialist investment managers, has developed in-depth knowledge and strengths in different alternative asset classes.

Key Facts1

  • USD 53.3 billion under management
  • More than 1800 employees
  • 15 offices worldwide

1 As at 31 December 2008

Further information on Man Investments can be found at


Further information on PwC can be found at


Our hedge fund practice has been providing authoritative advice to hedge fund sponsors and managers since this dynamic industry was first established in Europe.

A market leader, we act for many of the best known hedge fund managers. Our clients include both specialist hedge fund firms and many institutional fund management houses based in the UK and across Europe, the US and Asia.

With the largest hedge fund team of any UK law firm, we provide the full range of legal services required by hedge fund clients, including: funds, regulatory, prime brokerage and derivatives documentation, ownership structures, M&A, taxation, employment, intellectual property, IT and litigation.

The quality of our practice has been recognised as follows: Simmons & Simmons has been named Best European Law Firm of the Year at the reader-nominated HedgeWeek Awards 2012. The firm has also been awarded The Leading Law Firm at the Hedge Fund Journal Awards 2012 – this is the second year running that the firm has won the double accolade.

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