Bryan Corbett: “A permanent presence in London positions us to better serve our members where they operate and advocate for capital market policies that enable members to generate returns for their investors, including UK pensions.”
LONDON – Managed Funds Association (MFA), the association for the global alternative asset management industry, announced today that it opened its first UK office in London. To lead this office, MFA welcomes James Martin as Managing Director, Head of UK Government Affairs.
The London office is MFA’s second permanent presence outside the United States. MFA represents over 170 alternative asset managers—nearly half having a presence in the UK—including hedge funds, credit funds, and crossover funds that collectively manage over £1.7 trillion in assets under management.
“The UK is a global hub for our membership and the alternative asset management industry broadly. A permanent presence in London positions us to better serve our members where they operate and advocate for capital market policies that enable members to generate returns for their investors, including UK pensions,” said Bryan Corbett, President and CEO of Managed Funds Association. “I am eager to support James as we strengthen MFA’s footprint in the UK and continue to promote the importance of open, efficient, and competitive UK capital markets,” Corbett added.
The expansion into London is a commitment to deepen MFA’s long-standing engagement with UK policymakers. Last month, MFA submitted a letter in response to HM Treasury’s Call for Evidence on the UK’s Short Selling Regulation Review highlighting that the review presents a unique opportunity to enhance UK capital markets and cement the City as a global financial services leader.
“James brings invaluable UK policymaking and regulatory affairs experience and will play a pivotal role in MFA supporting members and deepening engagement with UK regulators. As UK policymakers evaluate how to reform the financial regulatory environment, we look forward to highlighting the important role our industry plays for UK investors and markets,” said Jillien Flores, MFA’s Head of Global Government Affairs.
Martin joins MFA from policy and public affairs roles at the British Chambers of Commerce, JBP Associates, and the Ministry of Justice UK. With nearly 20 years of experience, James has a background in policymaking, regulatory work, and government advocacy internationally.
Martin will report to Jillien Flores, Executive Vice President & Managing Director, Head of Global Government Affairs.
“I am thrilled to be joining MFA and expanding the organisation’s activity in the UK. I look forward to engaging with MFA members and policymakers as we enter a critical period for the alternative asset management industry,” said Martin.
MFA’s London office is located in Mayfair.
About the Global Hedge Fund and Alternative Asset Management Industry
The global hedge fund and alternative asset management industry, including hedge funds, credit funds, and crossover funds, has assets under management of £3.2 trillion (Q4 2022). The industry serves thousands of public and private pension funds, charitable endowments, foundations, sovereign governments, and other global institutional investors by providing portfolio diversification and risk-adjusted returns to help meet their funding obligations and return targets.
About the Managed Funds Association
Managed Funds Association (MFA), based in Washington, DC, New York, London, and Brussels, represents the global alternative asset management industry. MFA’s mission is to advance the ability of alternative asset managers to raise capital, invest, and generate returns for their beneficiaries. MFA advocates on behalf of its membership and convenes stakeholders to address global regulatory, operational, and business issues. MFA has more than 170 member firms, including hedge funds, credit funds, and crossover funds that collectively manage nearly £1.7 trillion across a diverse group of investment strategies. Member firms help pension plans, university endowments, charitable foundations, and other institutional investors to diversify their investments, manage risk, and generate attractive returns over time.