The dizzying acceleration of hedge funds’ data use over the past few years can be seen across the industry. But compelling evidence of the acceleration shows up when you dig into the entities who provide the data – the vendors.

Five years ago, many vendors couldn’t finish deals with hedge funds because they lacked a basic understanding of the compliance and legal angles important to hedge funds, most notably, data provenance and privacy. Today, it is rarer, though certainly not unheard of, for these angles to stand in the way of a data deal between a fund and a vendor.

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