Categories & Criteria

The categories for the HFM European Services Awards 2022 were developed in consultation with the sector to ensure they are representative of the broad and fast moving nature of hedge fund services and solutions.

The criteria our judges look at are:

Commercial success and business growth
Demonstration of product or service innovation
Description of future product or service development possibilities
Positive customer feedback via submitted testimonials

Ensuring excellence is recognised

The rigorous judging process, based on the views of a panel of leading hedge fund COOs, CFOs, CCOs, GCs and CTOs, ensure that the HFM European Services Awards stand out from the crowd as the ones the big providers really want to win and recognise those driving up service standards across the sector.

To add further scrutiny to the process we will invite shortlisted firms for selected award categories to attend face-to-face judging sessions where they will pitch their entries to a selection of the judging panel.


Best administrator

Best administrator - client service

Best administrator - fund of hedge funds

Best administrator – middle-office services

Best administrator - reporting/regulatory services

Best administrator – smaller managers

Best administrator – technology

Best advisory firm - regulation and compliance

Best boutique prime broker

Best cash management/treasury services

Best cloud technology - smaller managers

Best cloud technology solution

Best cyber-security service

Best data management solution

Best data provider

Best depositary solution

Best digital assets custodian

Best executive search

Best executive search – diversity and inclusion category

Best fund accounting and reporting software

Best hedge fund platform

Best insurance broker

Best law firm - client service

Best managed account platform

Best managed service provider

Best marketing and communications consultancy

Best offshore law firm

Best onshore law firm

Best onshore law firm - start-ups

Best outsourced ESG solution provider

Best outsourced provider - overall

Best outsourced trading firm

Best portfolio management software provider

Best prime broker

Best prime broker - capital introduction

Best prime broker in emerging markets

Best regtech solution

Best regulatory hosting solution

Best regulatory reporting solution

Best risk management technology

Best specialist portfolio management system provider

Best tech infrastructure provider

Best technology firm - client service

Best techology firm - overall

Best Ucits platform

Best valuations firm for hard to value assets