SPARK – Our Programme for Small and Emerging Managers

We believe new entrants to the industry are vital to maintain a vibrant marketplace, bring innovation and competition to the industry, and provide more investment choices for institutional investors.

The SBAI Programme for Advancement, Robustness, and Knowledge is a dedicated platform for small and emerging managers. It provides:

  • Advancement of networks through connection and collaboration with peers and allocators,
  • Robustness of business operations through the SBAI Alternative Investment Standards, and
  • Knowledge of key industry trends and issues through dedicated global events and toolbox guidance.

Connect with the SBAI community through dedicated roundtable events and access SBAI Toolbox content. Our Toolbox not only provides transparency tools supported by allocators, but also offers insight and frameworks to support decision making and the management of business, operational, regulatory, and portfolio risks.

SPARK - Transparency Tools


Administrator Transparency Reporting


Standardised Total Expense Ratio

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Standardised Board Agenda


SPARK - Guidance and Best Practice Memos

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Alternative Credit - Valuation

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ILS Funds - Valuation


SPARK - Guidance on Industry Trends

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Responsible Investment Policy Framework

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Principles of Culture and Diversity Strategies


SPARK - How can the Standards Help?

The SBAI’s Alternative Investment Standards were developed in consultation with both allocators and asset managers. They assist with building a robust business and with an efficient investor due diligence process.

The Standards are publicly available for use but only SBAI Signatories receiving an official kitemark showcasing to investors they are in conformity with the Standards.