Hedge fund seeding with fees-for-guarantee swaps

Feng, Yun and Huang, Binghua and Zhang, Hai (2019) Hedge fund seeding with fees-for-guarantee swaps. European Journal of Finance, 25 (1). pp. 16-34. ISSN 1351-847X (https://doi.org/10.1080/1351847X.2018.1456475)

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This paper introduces a new instrument in the context of hedge fund seeding, which we call fees-for-guarantee swap, with the aim of alleviating the early-stage funds (ESF)managers’financial constraint caused by severe asymmetric information between investors and managers. The swap plays a role in enhancing the ESFs manager’s credibility by swapping part of her fees for an insurance on the behalf of seeding investors, whom would be fully refunded once the fund defaults. We set up a dynamic continuous-time framework within which closed-form prices for seed capital, guarantee costs and other claims have been derived. Our numerical findings indicate that incentive compensations, managerial ownership and hedge funds liquidation risks not only inhibit ESFs managers’ risk-shifting incentive but align interests among ESFs manager, seeder and insurer as well.