Ensuring excellence is recognised

For any awards, carrying out fair, consistent, and accurate judging is key to ensuring the true winners are rewarded. To ensure the HFM European Performance Awards deliver this, we have assembled a diverse judging panel comprising of leading CIOs, senior directors and managing directors from allocators and investors. The judges are split into groups depending on their expertise.

The robust judging process is designed to make sure that the Awards recognise and reward the highest achieving hedge funds, CTAs, and funds of hedge funds (FOHFs) in Europe.


The HFM European Performance Awards are judged by a panel made up of leading institutional and private investors and investment consultants.

Judges focus on absolute performance as well as standard deviation of returns and outperformance of the relevant With Intelligence benchmark index. They will also take into consideration the relative AuM, 3 and 5-year track-records, nature of the investment strategy, other supporting materials and professional knowledge they have about shortlisted funds to come to their decisions.

This methodology aims to reflect how institutional investors assess hedge fund performance in their allocation decisions in the real world.

The judges and HFM staff have discretionary power to move submissions into alternative categories that they believe to be more suitable, or to disqualify entries.

Each member of the judging panel will have an equal weight in choosing the winners in each category they are assigned.

All judges are required to sign a disclaimer form to ensure that information about entries and the final winners remains confidential.

Our Judging Panel

Akshay Krishnan
Head of Macro and Relative Value Strategies
Amit Bedi
Bedi Capital
Clark Cheng
Demir Bektic
Head of Portfolio Management
Gary Dugan
The Global CIO Office
Heikki Luoma
Director of Research
Peritus Investment Consultancy
John Argi
Co-Head of Alternative Investment Solutions
Leon Beukes
Senior Director
Willis Towers Watson
Mario Unali
Senior Portfolio Manager
Kairos Partners
Michael Borisov
Chief Investment Officer
Leon MFO Investments
Michael MacGrath
Head of Investment Selection
Michael Rosenthal
Head of Alternatives
Nicolas Salomon
Head of Alternatives
Paul Weber
Head of Fund Research & Manager Selection
Paul Winter
Moghrabi Family Office
Per Ivarsson
Executive Vice President
RPM Risk & Portfolio Management AB
Tilo Wendorff
Head of Absolute Return
Prime Capital AG
Toby Goodworth
Managing Director
Vicky Hudson
Senior Investment Manager
William Bryant
Head of Advisory
North Peak Advisory