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Hannah Parry
Hannah Parry
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  • 17th April 2012

Hedge funds relocating their Mayfair office space in order to cut costs

shutterstock_64602181Many of London’s private investment funds are breaking free from their as a result of an unsuccessful year and the pressure of cost-cutting.

Office space in Mayfair is being traded for as well as and bustling Oxford Street which means that London’s ‘hedge fund alley’ in and will see a great decrease in hedge funds situated there.

Research from property consultancy Cushman & Wakefield suggests that occupation of London areas such as Mayfair and has decreased severely, down from 69% five years ago to just 51% at the end of 2011.

Cushman & Wakefield partner, Henry Peto, is of the opinion that, “because they have had a number of years of poor performance investors are putting them under greater scrutiny than in the easy days of 2007 and 2008. That extends to not taking on extravagant offices and spending a lot on the fit-out. That is pertinent to start-ups – you have more leeway if you are established.”

Hedge funds have therefore swapped their £100 per square foot office space to rent in Mayfair and St James’ for a more manageable figure of just £65 per square foot for in an effort to cut costs.

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