Athena Wins HFM Global’s US Award for Best Offshore Governance Firm
Allison Nolan, Athena’s Managing Directo
Athena International Management Limited (“Athena”) is thrilled to be awarded HFM Global’s US Services Award for “Best Offshore Governance Firm.” These prestigious annual awards recognise excellence amongst US hedge fund service providers across the globe and are rigorously judged by an independent panel of executives at leading US investment funds. This category is the inaugural award for these highly-acclaimed industry accolades which are now in their eleventh year of celebration.
Commenting on the win, announced today at HFM Global’s US Leadership Forum, Allison Nolan, Athena’s Managing Director, said, “In an industry where women are significantly underrepresented, we are extremely honoured that Athena, an all-female founded and all-female led directorship firm, is the first to receive this inaugural award that recognises our exceptional innovation and high-quality service to the alternative investment funds community.”
Founded in 2005, Athena was the pioneer of boutique governance firms in the Cayman Islands, offering professional and truly independent directors to the alternative investment funds industry. This year marked the firm’s 15-year anniversary in providing propriety best-in-class governance solutions to its leading international client base, and the firm demonstrated their commitment to the jurisdiction by unveiling a brand-new logo and website in the first quarter.
“This award is a testament to our continued innovation and drive to develop new solutions for our industry,” said Nolan. “Like many, we’ve had to adapt our service offering based on these challenging times and the ever-evolving legal and regulatory landscape, and we are proud of our value-add professional services and industry-wide sound practices delivered by our team of experienced independent directors.”
Nolan is a frequent speaker at industry events, and is a champion for increasing diversity and inclusion within the hedge funds industry, particularly gender diversity on the board of directors of alternative fund structures. She is an active member of 100 Women in Finance and sits on the Alternative Investment Management Association’s Steering Committee for Diversity and Inclusion. She recently spoke on ways hedge fund managers can promote gender diversity within the industry at this year’s HFM Global Leadership Forum and is writing a book on the subject of female directors and how women are transforming the hedge fund industry, which has been approved for publishing by Forbes in 2021.