Alternative Investment Management Association Representing alternative asset managers globally
09 July 2014
The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) has appointed former hedge fund manager Michael Gallagher as General Manager of its Australian National Group.
Mr Gallagher was chosen to fill the role previously held by Brett Ireland who has decided to focus solely on a full-time role elsewhere within the financial services industry.
Mr Gallagher has over 20 years' experience in the finance industry including more than 10 years in alternative investment management. Most recently he was CEO of Kima Capital Management, the Australian and Hong Kong-based fund manager he co-founded. Prior to Kima, he was Head of Australasian Equities for Rand Merchant Bank, overseeing the Asian proprietary trading, fund of funds, ETFs and structured products divisions.
He has also held senior equity proprietary trading, derivatives, structuring and supervisory roles at Rand Merchant Bank and Macquarie Bank in Australia, South Africa and the UK.
AIMA Australia Chairman, Paul Chadwick, said Mr Gallagher is extremely well positioned to represent Australian hedge funds and their contribution to the financial services sector.
“Michael brings deep knowledge of the sector, understanding of the strategic and operational challenges of running a hedge fund and the passion to make Australia a vibrant hub for hedge funds and investors,” Mr Chadwick said.
“His insights will greatly benefit members and our dialogue with investors, government representatives and regulators,” he said, while also commending Brett Ireland for his contribution to growing AIMA’s relevance and credibility in recent years.
"Michael will coordinate with AIMA’s various groups and stakeholders including its Executive Committee, Regulatory Committee and Education Committee, both locally and regionally to refine and implement the association's strategic plans."
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As the global hedge fund association, the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) has over 1,400 corporate members (with over 7,000 individual contacts) worldwide, based in over 50 countries. Members include hedge fund managers, fund of hedge funds managers, prime brokers, legal and accounting firms, investors, fund administrators and independent fund directors. AIMA’s manager members manage a combined $1.5 trillion in assets (as of March 2014).
All AIMA members benefit from AIMA’s active influence in policy development, its leadership in industry initiatives, including education and sound practice manuals, and its excellent reputation with regulators worldwide.
AIMA is a dynamic organisation that reflects its members’ interests and provides them with a vibrant global network. 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. For further information, please visit AIMA’s website, www.aima.org.