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BarclayHedge and Hedge Funds Review collaborate to bring you the inaugural Americas Awards 2012; Funds will be selected from data provided by the proprietary BarclayHedge Database

Funds will be selected from data provided by the proprietary BarclayHedge Database

FAIRFIELD, Iowa – May 17, 2012 – BarclayHedge is very pleased to announce that it has partnered with Hedge Funds Review to identify the best performing funds in the Americas.

The Americas Awards will recognize the best hedge funds and funds of hedge funds in the US, Canada and Latin America.  BarclayHedge will provide initial quantitative screening of funds in each category.

“We are honored to have been selected by Hedge Funds Review to assist them in identifying the top funds for this inaugural event,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge.  “It’s a strong vote of confidence in the quality and breadth of our data by a very knowledgeable market participant.”

The awards acknowledge the best managers of the hedge fund industry, using a process that reflects both quantitative and qualitative factors assessed by an impartial panel of expert judges.

“Last year was one of the most difficult and challenging for the hedge fund industry.  Despite this, many managers have shown their skill by not just preserving capital but also by making substantial returns for investors.  By launching the Americas Awards 2012, Hedge Funds Review is recognizing the quality and expertise of the hedge fund community in the United States, Canada and Latin America,” said Margie Lindsay, editor of Hedge Funds Review.

Top-performing hedge funds and funds of hedge funds will be selected across multiple categories for the quantitative performance awards.  To qualify for the quantitative performance categories, funds must report three years of net returns and have assets under management of over $100 million.

The quantitative performance awards will recognize hedge funds and funds of hedge funds that delivered outstanding risk-adjusted returns across a variety of individual strategies including equity long/short, event driven, global macro, arbitrage, managed futures, emerging markets and others.

Funds that have generated consistent returns over three and 10 years will be recognized in the long-term performance awards.  Accolades will also be presented to diversified and specialist FoHFs that have generated industry-leading performance over one, three and 10 years.

Hedge funds and FoHFs are also invited to enter the qualitative categories, which will recognize achievements in product development, innovation and client service.

The qualitative awards include best new hedge fund, best new CTA/managed futures fund, most innovative hedge fund, best investor relations team and best overall hedge fund and FoHF group.

Individual lifetime achievement and outstanding contribution to the hedge fund industry awards will also be presented.

An expert panel of judges, including leading asset al locators and consultants will determine the winners across the quantitative and qualitative categories.  The judging panel, chaired by Hedge Funds Review editor Margie Lindsay, is impartial and unbiased and seeks to reward genuine performance and success.

Winners of the Hedge Funds Review Americas Awards 2012 will be recognized at a cocktail reception on July 11 in New York.

For more information on the Hedge Funds Review Americas Awards and to enter the qualitative categories, visit: http://www.hedgefundsreviewawards.com/americas/static/home.

Sol Waksman is an experienced media source, providing perspectives on hedge fund and managed futures trends. For more commentary or background, call 641-472-3456 or email swaksman@barclayhedge.com.

BarclayHedge was founded in 1985 and actively tracks more than 6,200 hedge funds, funds of hedge funds, and managed futures programs. Each month Barclay provides updated performance rankings for 38 Hedge Fund categories, 16 CTA categories, and 7 UCITS categories.

Institutional investors, brokerage firms, and private banks worldwide utilize BarclayHedge indices as performance benchmarks for the hedge fund and managed futures industries.

Hedge Funds Review has access to the top fund managers and investors into the industry.  Its reputation for in-depth, accurate and readable content makes it the preferred source of information about the industry for participants around the globe.  Online, Hedge Funds Review provides a wealth of multimedia content unrivalled by any other hedge fund publisher.