Objectives and principles


Our core objective is to provide leadership to the alternative investment industry and to be its pre-eminent voice globally. Our team engages proactively and constructively in shaping the global financial markets reform debate, drawing upon the expertise and diversity of our membership. AIMA is closely aligned with policy makers, legislators and regulatory authorities around the world, also collaborating with key governments and authorities on proposed legislation and consultation.


AIMA promotes the best interests of the alternative investment industry in order to enhance the wider understanding of its function. We have cultivated positive relationships with regulatory, fiscal and government authorities and media outlets around the world. We are unparalleled in our advocacy of the alternative investment industry globally, explaining the value to the media, and to the general public. 

AIMA members can choose from over 200 conferences, seminars and webinars each year held in the key financial hubs worldwide. Speakers include leading industry figures, policymakers and regulators.


AIMA members have access to a substantial body of work through our focus on education and best practice. This includes the industry-standard DDQ, a library of Sound Practice Guides, and frequent research reports, created to educate a wider audience. We are committed to exploring and understanding the relationship between investors and managers and producing new research and educational guides for institutional investors. AIMA is committed to developing industry skills and education standards and is a co-founder of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation (CAIA) – the industry’s first and only specialised educational standard for alternative investment specialists.