Membership FAQ

Who is MFA?

MFA is the leading voice of the global alternative investment industry. Collectively, MFA Members manage more capital than any other hedge fund trade association in the world. In fact, 70 percent of hedge funds that manage $1 billion of more in the U.S. are MFA Members. Our global network spans fine continents and more than 9,000 industry professionals.

What does MFA do?

ADVOCATE – We promote public policies that foster efficient, transparent and fair capital markets. With the strategic input of our Members, we work directly with legislators, regulators and key stakeholders in the U.S., EU and around the world.

EDUCATE – Each year we hold more than 50 conferences, forums and other events that give our Members the tools and information they need to thrive in an evolving global regulatory landscape. Our expertise has additionally been recognized by policymakers, who consistently reach out to our team for insight and guidance.

COMMUNICATE- We tell the story of an industry that creates opportunities and economic growth. Through outreach to journalists and thought leaders, we inform coverage of our industry and highlight the work our Members do to provide retirement security for workers, capital for business, and increased resources for endowments and foundations.

Why do the world’s leading hedge fund managers align themselves with MFA?

Hedge fund managers are vital participants in the global capital markets, yet they remain largely misunderstood by policy makers, the media and the public. In light of the tremendous growth and increased visibility of the industry, hedge fund managers are under heightened scrutiny by policy makers in the U.S. and abroad. On behalf of our members, MFA delivers the highest standards of excellence in professional advocacy and consistent messages that are based upon its members’ consensus views and opinions.

Why do regulators, policymakers and their staffs pay attention to MFA?

MFA is a recognized resource for information and insights about the alternative investment industry and has developed outstanding credibility as the voice of the hedge fund industry on a wide range of legislative and regulatory issues. MFA is focused on providing information to global policy makers to promote a deeper understanding of hedge funds and is called upon regularly to brief Members of Congress and their staffs, particularly in advance of legislative and regulatory actions that might impact the business operations of MFA members.

Why do service providers to the alternative investment industry partner with MFA?

Quite simply: access and information. MFA’s members share information and contacts. Our service provider partners participate in a variety of committees focused on the issues facing the alternative investment industry they support. New committees are continuously added to deepen our relationships and engagement with our service provider members. These committees help MFA further understand how our members contribute to the positions and messaging that are shaping the future of the industry as we all encounter day-to-day business and regulatory challenges.

How do I join MFA?

Membership with MFA may be discussed directly with our business development personnel. Please click here to submit a request to be contacted.