CAIS, Fidelity form partnership to offer alternative investment access

CAIS and Fidelity Investments have formed a partnership to provide access to Fidelity’s custodial clients to alternative investment funds including hedge funds and private equity funds. The platform will offer access to Fidelity’s clients, including registered investment advisors, broker-dealers, multi-family offices and other financial intermediaries.

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CAIS and Fidelity have formed a strategic alliance to provide Fidelity’s custodial clients access, education, oversight and execution to a robust menu of alternative investment funds including hedge funds and private equity funds.

“The Fidelity – CAIS alliance offers meaningful benefits to CAIS clients”

Fidelity Investments is committed to building the most comprehensive, integrated alternative investment offering for its clients, which include registered investment advisors, broker-dealers, multi-family offices and other financial intermediaries. To that end, Fidelity has selected CAIS as the operating platform that will offer hedge funds and private equity funds to the approximately 3,500 wealth management firms that custody at Fidelity.

“CAIS is very pleased to be selected as the hedge fund and private equity gateway to Fidelity’s network of wealth management firms,” said Matthew Brown, co-founder and CEO of CAIS. “CAIS will provide wealth management professionals the needed solution to meet client demand,” Mr. Brown continued.

Fidelity custodial clients will benefit from the elimination of annual custody-related fees for all fund orders executed through CAIS and held at Fidelity. Additionally, wealth management firms will benefit from an integrated Fidelity-CAIS technology experience with electronic trade execution, streamlined workflow and above-the-line reporting.

“The Fidelity – CAIS alliance offers meaningful benefits to CAIS clients,” said Rafay Farooqui, CAIS Co-Founder and President. “The combination of cost savings and improved product access aligns with advisors’ mission to provide the most competitive offerings to their clients.”

Benefits for Wealth Management Firms that Utilize CAIS

Access to a centralized and diverse menu of top-tier hedge funds and private equity funds
Lower investment minimums (standard $100,000 per qualified beneficiary)
Independent, third-party due diligence and monitoring on all funds provided by Mercer
Portfolio construction and performance analytics tools
Electronic trade execution
Fund support and education
Benefits for Hedge Funds and Private Equity Funds that List on CAIS

Efficient access to the fragmented independent wealth management channel
Distribution and marketing support
Mercer due diligence review and ongoing monitoring
Subscription / redemption management
Ongoing client communications
The strategic alliance further strengthens CAIS’s standing as the leading independent marketplace for the global wealth management industry. Earlier this year, the company announced the launch of its capital markets product offering, which includes access to IPO and follow-on offerings as well as structured products. Fidelity and CAIS will introduce the benefits of the strategic alliance with a nationwide road show and CAIS will also be a key sponsor of Fidelity’s upcoming 2014 Alternative Investment Forums.

About CAIS

CAIS is the leading independent marketplace for the global wealth management industry, providing efficient access and execution to a diversified offering of institutional funds and products. CAIS offers advisors streamlined access, information and execution to top-tier of hedge funds, private equity funds, structured products, capital markets and precious metals. CAIS complements its centralized multi-product offering with independent due diligence provided by Mercer, portfolio construction tools and electronic trade execution.

As a business-to-business service provider, CAIS avoids key conflicts of interest by not engaging in wealth management activities or managing proprietary funds or products.

To learn more about CAIS, visit www.caisgroup.com.