Malta has seemingly begun to win business from more-established fund jurisdictions, benefiting from a growing demand by investors for transparency as well as from fears among hedge funds that the EU was becoming increasingly hostile to firms based outside of it. According to the Malta Financial Services Authority, over the past two years, companies from British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and Luxembourg are switching their legal domicile to Malta. In addition, at least a dozen large UK hedge funds have shifted part of their operations, including accounting and investor relations, to Malta. EXANTE has a hedge fund marketplace which was a sought after tool for hedge funds in general, especially those moving to Malta. EXANTE Limited was founded in March 2011, with the aim to design, produce and support cutting-edge infrastructure for greater financial market accessibility and pricing transparency.
The company which is based here in Malta and has offices in Singapore, Russia and Amsterdam has never been out of the news. They have received worldwide acclaim from the likes of Financial Times due to its ATP (automatic trading platform) and most recently hit the headlines when EXANTE marked another first in the world of Bitcoin investing, when they opened up their Automatic Trading Platform (ATP) for their landmark Bitcoin Fund to allow share trading by investors. “Setting the standard and constantly raising the bar, EXANTE is the king of Bitcoin funds” Forbes wrote at the time. The well- established Bitcoin Fund was designed to institutionalize one of the most successful electronic currencies, Bitcoin.
The purpose of the fund is to give an opportunity for professional investors and eligible counterparties to take an advantage of appreciation of digital currency Bitcoin, which otherwise would not be possible. EXANTE’s fund platform is a potential game changer for the industry as it gives investors the opportunity to invest directly in hedge funds,” stated Gatis Eglitis, one of EXANTE’s managing partners. “The critical factor is the ability to generate meaningful alpha – EXANTE is not too concerned about the types of strategies on the platform but rather their quality.
What counts when assessing a manager is audited historical performance, as this shows past volatility. If performance is exceptional, we first ensure that there is nothing hidden beneath the tip of the iceberg. When confirmed, we are happy to work with the hedge fund managers to list their fund.” EXANTE has brought much focus to the Island, this year it held its first award ceremony in Lisbon which was attended by the elite of the financial and media world. EXANTE will be participating in this year’s BOV boat show.