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Blackstone Alternative Investment Funds

Filed: 28 May 20, 4:53pm

As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 28, 2020

Securities Act File No. 333-185238

Investment Company Act File No. 811-22743

 

 

 

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BLACKSTONE ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENT FUNDS

345 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10154

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING THE INTERNET AVAILABILITY OF

INFORMATION STATEMENT

May 28, 2020

As a shareholder of Blackstone Alternative Multi-Strategy Fund (the “Fund”), a series of Blackstone Alternative Investment Funds (the “Trust”), you are receiving this Notice regarding the internet availability of an Information Statement relating to the selection and approval of certainsub-advisers for the Fund. This Notice presents only an overview of the more complete Information Statement that is available to you on the internet or, upon request, by mail. We encourage you to access and to review all of the important information contained in the Information Statement. As described below, the Information Statement is for informational purposes only. You do not need to take any action in connection with the selection and approval of thesub-advisers.

Summary of Information Statement

The Information Statement describes how Blackstone Alternative Investment Advisors LLC (“BAIA”), the Fund’s investment adviser, seeks to achieve the Fund’s investment objective by, in part, allocating the Fund’s assets among investmentsub-advisers with experience managing alternative investment strategies. At BAIA’s recommendation, the Trust’s Board of Trustees (the “Board”) has recently approved Shelter Growth Capital Partners LLC (“Shelter Growth”) and Luminus Management, LLC (“Luminus”) assub-advisers to the Fund. The Information Statement provides information about Shelter Growth and Luminus.

BAIA, pursuant to the term of an exemptive order received from the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 13, 2017, may enter into and amend materiallysub-advisory agreements with discretionary andnon-discretionarysub-advisers that are either unaffiliated with BAIA or that are directly or indirectly wholly-owned subsidiaries of The Blackstone Group, Inc. (“Blackstone”) without seeking the approval of the Fund’s shareholders, so long as certain conditions are satisfied. BAIA’s selection of Shelter Growth and Luminus, each unaffiliated with BAIA, does not require shareholder approval.Therefore, we are not asking you for a proxy, and you are requested not to send us a proxy.

By sending you this Notice, the Fund is notifying you that it is making the Information Statement available to you via the internet in lieu of mailing you a paper copy. You may print and view the Information Statement on the Fund’s website at www.bxmix.com. The Information Statement will be available on the website for at least 90 days after the date of this Notice. If you want to receive a paper copy of the Information Statement, you must request one.There is no charge to you for requesting a copy.You may request a paper copy or PDF via email of the Information Statement by writing the Fund, c/o BAIA, 345 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10154, or by calling (toll-free)1-855-890-7725, by October 31, 2020. If you do not request a paper copy or PDF via email by that date, you will not otherwise receive a paper or email copy. You can obtain a free copy of the annual and semi-annual reports of the Fund, when available, by writing or contacting the Fund at the address or number above or visiting the Fund’s website.

Please note:Only one Notice is being delivered to multiple shareholders who share an address unless the Fund has received contrary instructions from one or more of the shareholders. Upon request to the telephone number or address listed above, the Fund will promptly deliver a separate copy of this Notice to a shareholder at a shared address to which a single copy of this Notice was delivered.


BLACKSTONE ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENT FUNDS

345 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10154

INFORMATION STATEMENT

May 28, 2020

NOTICE REGARDING NEWSUB-ADVISERS

Blackstone Alternative Investment Advisors LLC (“BAIA”), the investment adviser to Blackstone Alternative Multi-Strategy Fund (the “Fund”), a series of Blackstone Alternative Investment Funds (the “Trust”), seeks to achieve the Fund’s investment objective by, in part, allocating the Fund’s assets among investmentsub-advisers with experience managing alternative investment strategies. This Information Statement is being provided to the Fund’s shareholders in lieu of a proxy statement, pursuant to the terms of an exemptive order received from the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on March 13, 2017. This exemptive order permits BAIA to enter into and amend materiallysub-advisory agreements with discretionary andnon-discretionary investmentsub-advisers that are either unaffiliated with BAIA or that are directly or indirectly wholly-owned subsidiaries of The Blackstone Group, Inc. (“Blackstone”) without seeking the approval of the Fund’s shareholders, so long as certain conditions are satisfied. This Information Statement is to inform you that, at BAIA’s recommendation, the Trust’s Board of Trustees (the “Board”) has recently approved Shelter Growth Capital Partners LLC (“Shelter Growth”) and Luminus Management, LLC (“Luminus”), each of which is unaffiliated with BAIA, assub-advisers to the Fund.

WE ARE NOT ASKING YOU FOR A PROXY AND

YOU ARE REQUESTED NOT TO SEND US A PROXY.

THE FUND AND THE ADVISORY AGREEMENT

BAIA serves as the investment adviser to the Fund pursuant to an Investment Advisory Agreement dated March 17, 2014, as amended (the “Advisory Agreement”). BAIA seeks to achieve the Fund’s investment objective by allocating the Fund’s assets among a variety ofnon-traditional or “alternative” investment strategies, including, in part, by allocating the Fund’s assets amongsub-advisers with experience managing alternative investment strategies. BAIA also manages a portion of the Fund’s assets directly and, from time to time, may instructsub-advisers with respect to particular investments. BAIA is responsible for selecting the Fund’s investment strategies, for identifying and retainingsub-advisers with expertise in the selected strategies, and for determining the amount of Fund assets to allocate to eachsub-adviser or to manage directly.

BAIA may adjust allocations from time to time among strategies orsub-advisers based on its assessment of market conditions and/orsub-adviser strategies and has discretion to not allocate any assets to one or moresub-advisers at any time. BAIA currently intends to generally consider the following factors as part of itssub-adviser screening process, although the factors considered from time to time or with respect to any onesub-adviser may vary and may include only some or none of the factors listed below or other factors that are not listed below:

 

  

Attractive long-term risk-adjusted investment performance:BAIA seeks to choosesub-advisers focused on alternative strategies that it believes will produce attractive long-term risk-adjusted returns over a full market cycle.

 

  

Skilled application ofnon-traditional investment techniques:BAIA believes that attractive risk-adjusted investment returns can sometimes be found outside traditional investment strategies that rely on relative performance against public market equity and fixed income benchmarks. BAIA seeks to choosesub-advisers who use“non-traditional” investment approaches, which often seek to take advantage of market inefficiencies and other factors in order to outperform the underlying markets of their investments.


  

Opportunistic approach to investing:Among thesub-advisers sought out by BAIA, BAIA may choose “opportunistic”sub-advisers who are willing to make substantial investments based on the direction thesub-adviser anticipates a particular market, markets, or individual securities will take. Thesesub-advisers may make “directional investments” and frequently use leverage to attempt to produce attractive returns. It is possible that BAIA may make only relatively short-term allocations tosub-advisers that specialize in opportunistic trades.

 

  

Management stability and committed investment professionals:BAIA believes the ability to generate attractive risk-adjusted returns over a full market cycle, especially when the application of sophisticatednon-traditional techniques is involved, is dependent upon the performance of committed investment professionals. No matter how appealing the investment concept, BAIA believes that attractive risk-adjusted returns can only be generated by committed people operating in a stable environment.

 

  

Ongoing monitoring:Once selected, the performance of eachsub-adviser is regularly reviewed, and newsub-advisers are identified and considered on anon-going basis. In addition, the allocation of the Fund’s assets amongsub-advisers, approaches, and styles will be regularly monitored and may be adjusted in response to performance results or changing economic conditions. BAIA reviews a number of quantitative and qualitative factors in connection with the allocation of the Fund’s assets, including, without limitation, macroeconomic scenarios, diversification, strategy capacity, regulatory constraints, and the fees associated with the strategy.

Eachsub-adviser selected by BAIA and approved by the Board enters into asub-advisory agreement with BAIA, pursuant to which each discretionarysub-adviser is delegated responsibility for theday-to-day management of the assets of the Fund or of one or more of the wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Fund allocated to it (the “Allocated Portion”). BAIA compensates thesub-advisers out of the management fee it receives from the Fund. Each discretionarysub-adviser makes investment decisions for the assets it has been allocated to manage, subject to the overall supervision of BAIA. BAIA oversees eachsub-adviser for compliance with the Fund’s investment objective, policies, strategies, and restrictions, and monitors eachsub-adviser’s adherence to its investment style. In allocating the Fund’s assets, BAIA has discretion to not allocate any assets to one or moresub-advisers at any time.

THE NEWSUB-ADVISORY AGREEMENTS

At a meeting of the Board held on February20-21, 2020, the Board, including a majority of the Board members who are not interested persons of the Fund within the meaning of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”) (the “Independent Trustees”), approved each of Shelter Growth and Luminus assub-advisers to the Fund and, in connection therewith, also approved asub-advisory agreement between BAIA and Shelter Growth and asub-advisory agreement between BAIA and Luminus. Thesub-advisory agreement with Shelter Growth became effective as of March 1, 2020 and thesub-advisory agreement with Luminus became effective as of April 20, 2020.

Under itssub-advisory agreement, subject to the supervision and oversight of BAIA, each of Shelter Growth and Luminus will furnish continuously an investment program for the Fund, determining what investments to purchase, hold, sell, or exchange and what portion of the Fund’s assets to hold uninvested, with respect to its Allocated Portion, in compliance with the Fund’s governing documents, registration statement, investment objective, policies, and restrictions, and applicable law and subject to the oversight of the Board.

Eachsub-adviser is responsible for its expenses incurred in connection with managing its Allocated Portion. Eachsub-adviser receives, as compensation for its services, fees from BAIA (not the Fund) each quarter based on an annual percentage of the average daily net assets of its Allocated Portion.

The initial term of the newsub-advisory agreement with Shelter Growth extends until March 1, 2022 and the initial term of thesub-advisory agreement with Luminus extends until April 20, 2022. After the initial term, eachsub-advisory agreement shall continue in effect for successive periods of no more than twelve (12) months each,


only so long as such continuance is specifically approved at least annually (i) by the Board or by vote of a majority of outstanding voting securities of the Fund, and (ii) by a majority of the Independent Trustees.

Eachsub-advisory agreement may be terminated, without penalty, (a) by the Board, or by a vote of a majority of the outstanding voting securities of a Fund, upon 60 days’ written notice to BAIA and thesub-adviser; (b) by thesub-adviser upon 60 days’ written notice to BAIA and the Fund; or (c) by BAIA upon 61 days’ written notice to thesub-adviser. Eachsub-advisory agreement may also be terminated by BAIA immediately upon a material breach of the agreement by thesub-adviser, which is not promptly cured. Eachsub-advisory agreement will terminate automatically in the event of its assignment or the termination of the Advisory Agreement. In addition, at the discretion of BAIA, (a) the agreement with Shelter Growth may be terminated (i) if Shelter Growth or Dan Sparks, Kevin Gasvoda, or Justin Mahoney is accused in any regulatory, self-regulatory, or judicial proceeding of violating federal securities laws or engaging in criminal conduct or (ii) in the event Dan Sparks, Kevin Gasvoda, or Justin Mahoney ceases to be employed by Shelter Growth or ceases to oversee the assets allocated by the BAIA; and (b) the agreement with Luminus may be terminated (i) if Luminus or any executive officer, director, or key portfolio manager of Luminus is accused in any regulatory, self-regulatory, or judicial proceeding of violating federal securities laws or engaging in criminal conduct constituting a felony or (ii) in the event Jonathan Barrett, Adam Weitzman, or Derek Rogers ceases to be employed by Luminus or ceases to oversee the assets allocated by the BAIA. The Luminussub-advisory agreement also may be terminated by Luminus immediately by written notice to the BAIA upon (a) a change in the laws (including tax laws), rules, or regulations (including rules and regulations of self-regulatory agencies with jurisdiction over the Fund, BAIA, or Luminus) applicable to the Fund that, in the Luminus’s good faith determination after consultation with BAIA, could reasonably be expected to result in a material change (including a material increase of expense) in the manner in which the strategy is implemented; (b) any change in procedures or instructions from BAIA, the Board, or any service provider to the Fund or the Trust that, in Luminus’s good faith reasonable discretion, would make it impracticable or unreasonable for Luminus to continue to implement the strategy with respect to the Allocated Portion; or (c) BAIA’s assumption of direct responsibility for any function delegated to Luminus.

Under the exemptive order referenced above, so long as certain conditions are satisfied, eachsub-advisory agreement may be amended materially without shareholder approval. However, the exemptive order requires generally that shareholders of the Fund receive notice within 90 days of the hiring of a newsub-adviser and that the Fund provide shareholders with information that is similar to that which would have been included in a proxy statement to shareholders.

The existingsub-advisers’sub-advisory agreements and services provided pursuant to such agreements are unchanged as a result of the Board’s approval of the newsub-advisers, except that the amount of each existingsub-advisers’ Allocated Portions may change as a result of the addition of the newsub-advisers.

The form of each of thesub-advisory agreements with Shelter Growth and Luminus is attached asExhibit A.

INFORMATION ABOUT SHELTER GROWTH

Shelter Growth was founded in 2014. As of March 31, 2020, Shelter Growth had approximately $1.4 billion in assets under management. Shelter Growth’s principal place of business is located at 750 Washington Boulevard, Suite 1050, Stamford, CT 06901.

Shelter Growth employs a fixed income - asset backed strategy focused on investments in U.S. commercial and residential mortgage-related instruments using relative value strategies. Relative value strategies generally focus on potential valuation discrepancies in related financial instruments. These strategies generally involve taking a position in one financial instrument and simultaneously taking an offsetting position in a related instrument in an attempt to profit from incremental changes in the price differential.


The following table provides information on the principal executive officers and directors of Shelter Growth. The business address of each person is c/o Shelter Growth Capital Partners LLC, 750 Washington Boulevard, Suite 1050, Stamford, CT 06901.

 

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Title/Responsibilities

Dan Sparks  Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer
Kevin Gasvoda  Founder, Chief Financial Officer
Justin Mahoney  Founder, Senior Portfolio Manager

INFORMATION ABOUT LUMINUS MANAGEMENT, LLC

Formed in 2002, Luminus had approximately $1.9 billion in assets under management as of March 31, 2020. Luminus’s principal place of business is located at 1700 Broadway, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10019.

Luminus will manage a portion of the Fund’s assets using macro strategies with a focus on energy. Macro strategies seek to profit from movements in, or risks related to, underlying macroeconomic variables and/or risk premia factors and the impact those variables and factors have on markets. Initially, Luminus intends to invest exclusively in California Carbon Allowances (“CCAs”) and/or futures on CCAs. Luminus combines fundamental, company-specific asset, operational, and financial analysis with an understanding of the energy sector.

The following table provides information on the principal executive officers and directors of Luminus. The business address of each person is c/o Luminus Management, LLC, 1700 Broadway, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10019.

 

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Title/Responsibilities

Jonathan Barrett  President and Chief Investment Officer
Adam Weitzman  Sector Head

BOARD CONSIDERATIONS

At its meetings on February20-21, 2020, the Board, including a majority of the Independent Trustees, approved thesub-advisory agreements with each of Shelter Growth and Luminus. At the meetings, the Board had discussions with BAIA and reviewed and considered various written materials and oral presentations in connection with each of Shelter Growth’s and Luminus’s proposed services, including with respect to the nature, extent, and quality of services, profitability, fees and expenses, investment performance, code of ethics, and compliance program. Additionally, the Board considered the process undertaken during its consideration and approval of the Advisory Agreement between BAIA and the Trust, on behalf of the Fund, and thesub-advisory agreements between BAIA and each of the existingsub-advisers. The Board (and separately, the Independent Trustees) conferred with the Independent Trustees’ independent legal counsel to consider the information provided.

Following an analysis and discussion of the factors identified below, the Board, including a majority of the Independent Trustees, approved thesub-advisory agreement with Shelter Growth and thesub-advisory agreement with Luminus.

Nature, Extent, and Quality of the Services

SHELTER GROWTH

The Board discussed and considered (1) Shelter Growth’s personnel, operations, and financial condition; (2) Shelter Growth’s strengths, including its ability to target exposures in single asset, single borrower commercial mortgage-backed securities, asset-backed securities, residential mortgage-backed securities, and


multi-family mortgage-backed securities; (3) a general framework for determining the percentage of assets that would be allocated to Shelter Growth; (4) the potential investment return on the assets that would be managed by Shelter Growth and related investment risks; (5) Shelter Growth’s experience and performance as a hedge fund manager and the extent to which Shelter Growth’s strategy for the Fund is expected to overlap with its hedge fund strategy; and (6) the experience and depth of Shelter Growth’s portfolio management team managing other products and its ability to manage risk. The Board concluded that the nature, extent, and quality of thesub-advisory services provided were appropriate and thus supported a decision to approve the proposed initialsub-advisory agreement with Shelter Growth.

LUMINUS

The Board discussed and considered (1) Luminus’s personnel, operations, and financial condition; (2) Luminus’s strengths, including its capabilities across the value chains of the energy and power sectors; (3) a general framework for determining the percentage of assets that would be allocated to Luminus; (4) the potential investment return on the assets that would be managed by Luminus and related investment risks; (5) Luminus’s experience and performance as a hedge fund manager and the extent to which Luminus’s CCA strategy for the Fund is expected to overlap with its hedge fund strategy; and (6) the experience and depth of Luminus’s portfolio management team managing other products and its ability to manage risk. The Board concluded that the nature, extent, and quality of thesub-advisory services provided were appropriate and thus supported a decision to approve the proposedsub-advisory agreement with Luminus.

Costs of Services and Profitability

In analyzing the cost of services and profitability of each of Shelter Growth and Luminus, the Board discussed (i) eachsub-adviser’ssub-advisory fee for managing the allocated assets of the Fund; (ii) eachsub-adviser’s resources devoted or expected to be devoted to the Fund for investment analysis, risk management, compliance, and order execution; and (iii) any information provided in response to inquiries regarding the profitability of eachsub-adviser from providingsub-advisory services to the Fund. The Board considered the specific resources that each of Shelter Growth and Luminus is expected to devote to the Fund for investment analysis, risk management, compliance, and order execution, and the extent to which eachsub-adviser’s investment process is or would be scalable.

The Board noted that the compensation paid to eachsub-adviser was paid by BAIA, not the Fund, and, accordingly, that the retention of eachsub-adviser did not increase the fees or expenses otherwise incurred by shareholders of the Fund. It also noted that the terms of eachsub-advisory agreement were the result of separatearm’s-length negotiations between BAIA and thesub-adviser. The Board considered information comparing the proposedsub-advisory fees to the fees that eachsub-adviser charges for providing investment advisory services to certain other clients. The Board also considered information regarding the potential impact that retaining each of Shelter Growth and Luminus assub-advisers to the Fund may have on BAIA’s profitability, as well as information about the blended average of allsub-advisory fees that BAIA was expected to pay thesub-advisers based on anticipated allocations of Fund assets among thesub-advisers. The Board concluded that the level of investmentsub-advisory fees was appropriate in light of the services to be provided.

Economies of Scale

The Board discussed various financial and economic considerations relating to the proposed arrangement with each of Shelter Growth and Luminus, including the potential for economies of scale. The Board noted that it would have the opportunity to periodicallyre-examine whether the Fund had achieved economies of scale, as well as the appropriateness ofsub-advisory fees payable, with respect to different asset sizes of the portfolio, in the future. The Board also noted that, although not directly related to thesub-advisory fee payable to thesub-adviser, certain Fund expenses were subject to an expense cap, an undertaking by BAIA intended to limit the Fund’s overall expenses at smaller asset levels, although the Fund’s expenses were sufficiently limited such that the expense cap did not currently apply.


Other Benefits

The Board discussed other potential benefits that each of Shelter Growth and Luminus may receive from the Fund, including soft dollar arrangements, receipt of brokerage and research services, and the opportunity to offer additional products and services to Fund shareholders or BAIA. The Board noted that eachsub-adviser benefited from its relationship with BAIA. The Board concluded that other ancillary or “fall out” benefits derived by eachsub-adviser from its relationship with BAIA or the Fund, to the extent such benefits were identifiable or determinable, were reasonable and fair, resulted from the provision of appropriate services to the Fund and its shareholders, and were consistent with industry practice and the best interests of the Fund and its shareholders.

Other Considerations

The Board reviewed and considered certain terms and conditions of eachsub-advisory agreement. After discussion, the Board concluded that the terms of eachsub-advisory agreement were reasonable and fair. It was noted that the Board would have the opportunity to periodicallyre-examine the terms of thesub-advisory agreement in the future.

Conclusion

The Board, including all of the Independent Trustees, concluded that the fees payable under eachsub-advisory agreement were fair and reasonable with respect to the services that Shelter Growth and Luminus would each provide to the Fund and in light of the other factors described above that the Board deemed relevant. The Board also considered information that it had received regarding BAIA’s review of eachsub-adviser’s compliance program. The Board based its approval of each of thesub-advisory agreements on a comprehensive consideration of all relevant information presented to the Board at its meetings throughout the year, as applicable, and not as a result of any single controlling factor. The Board was also assisted by the advice of independent legal counsel in approving thesub-advisory agreements.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE FUND

BAIA is the Fund’s investment adviser. BAIA, a registered investment adviser located at 345 Park Avenue, 28th Floor, New York, NY 10154, is an affiliate of Blackstone Alternative Asset Management L.P., a leading hedge fund solutions provider which, together with its affiliates in the Blackstone Hedge Fund Solutions Group, has approximately $74 billion in assets under management as of March 31, 2020. BAIA is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Blackstone, a publicly traded corporation that has shares that trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “BX.”

BAIA compensates thesub-advisers out of the management fees it receives from the Fund. During the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, the Fund paid BAIA $145,393,794 in management fees, which amounted to 1.85% of the Fund’s average net assets as of March 31, 2020. From this amount, BAIA paid $69,082,981 insub-advisory fees tonon-affiliatedsub-advisers with respect to the Fund, which amounted to 0.88% of the Fund’s average net assets as of March 31, 2020. BAIA also paid $2,375,209 insub-advisory fees to affiliates of Blackstone, with respect to the Fund, which amounted to 0.03% (annualized) of the Fund’s average net assets as of March 31, 2020.

Pursuant to an administration agreement with the Trust, State Street Bank and Trust Company (“State Street”), located at One Lincoln Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02111, serves as the administrator of the Fund. Pursuant to a transfer agency and service agreement with the Trust, State Street also serves as transfer agent of the Fund.

Blackstone Advisory Partners L.P., located at 345 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10154, serves as the principal underwriter and exclusive agent for distribution of the Fund’s shares pursuant to a distribution agreement.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

You can obtain a free copy of the Fund’s annual and semi-annual reports, when available, by writing to the Fund, c/o BAIA, 345 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10154, or by calling1-212-583-5000.


BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF THE FUND

As of April 30, 2020, the following entities owned beneficially or of record 5% or more of the Class I shares of the Fund:

 

  

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LLC, located at 2000 Westchester Avenue, Purchase, NY 10577, held of record approximately 27% of the outstanding shares of Class I.

 

  

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, located at One Bryant Park, New York, NY 10036, held of record approximately 20% of the outstanding shares of Class I.

 

  

Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., located at 211 Main Street, San Francisco, CA 94105, held of record approximately 11% of the outstanding shares of Class I.

 

  

SunTrust Bank, located at 303 Peachtree Street N.E., Atlanta, GA 30308, held beneficially and of record approximately 8% of the outstanding shares of Class I.

 

  

UBS Financial Services Inc., located at 1200 Harbor Boulevard, Weehawken, NJ, 07086, held of record approximately 7% of the outstanding shares of Class I.

 

  

National Financial Services, LLC, located at 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA 02210, a subsidiary of Fidelity Investments, held of record approximately 7% of the outstanding shares of Class I.

 

  

American Enterprise Investment Services, located at 702 2nd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55402, held of record approximately 5% of the outstanding shares of Class I.

 

  

Pershing LLC, located at 1 Pershing Plaza, Jersey City, NJ 07302, held of record approximately 5% of the outstanding shares of Class I.

As of April 30, 2020, the following entities owned beneficially or of record 5% or more of the Class D shares of the Fund:

 

  

Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., located at 211 Main Street, San Francisco, CA 94105, held of record approximately 38% of the outstanding shares of Class D.

 

  

UBS Financial Services Inc., located at 1200 Harbor Boulevard, Weehawken, NJ, 07086, held of record approximately 21% of the outstanding shares of Class D.

 

  

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, located at One Bryant Park, New York, NY 10036, held of record approximately 9% of the outstanding shares of Class I.

 

  

National Financial Service, LLC, located at 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA 02210, a subsidiary of Fidelity Investments, held of record, approximately 9% of the outstanding shares of Class D.

 

  

TD AMERITRADE Inc., located at 200 South 108th Avenue, Omaha, NE 68154, held of record, approximately 8% of the outstanding shares of Class D.

 

  

Wells Fargo Advisors LLC, located at One North Jefferson Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103, held of record, approximately 7% of the outstanding shares of Class D.

As of April 30, 2020, the following entities owned beneficially or of record 5% or more of the Class Y shares of the Fund:

 

  

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, located at 383 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10179, held of record approximately 73% of the outstanding shares of Class Y.

 

  

Blackstone Treasury Solutions, located at 345 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10154, held beneficially and of record approximately 16% of the outstanding shares of Class Y.

Any shareholder that beneficially owns more than 25% of the outstanding shares of the Fund may be presumed to “control” (as that term is defined in the 1940 Act) the Fund. As of April 30, 2020, no shareholder held 25% of the outstanding shares of the Fund. Shareholders controlling the Fund could have the ability to vote a majority of the shares of the Fund on any matter requiring approval of the shareholders of the Fund.

The Trustees and officers, as a group, owned less than 1% of the Fund’s shares as of April 30, 2020.


Blackstone Alternative Multi-Strategy Fund

INVESTMENTSUB-ADVISORY AGREEMENT

AGREEMENT, effective as of March 1, 2020, between Blackstone Alternative Investment Advisors LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (the “Adviser”), and Shelter Growth Capital Partners LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (the “Sub-Adviser”).

WHEREAS, the Adviser has entered into an Investment Advisory Agreement (the “AdvisoryAgreement”) with Blackstone Alternative Investment Funds, a Massachusetts business trust (the “Trust”), on behalf of its series, Blackstone Alternative Multi-Strategy Fund (the “Fund”), relating to the provision of portfolio management services to the Fund; and

WHEREAS, the Trust is registered as anopen-end management investment company under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”); and

WHEREAS, the Advisory Agreement provides that the Adviser may delegate any or all of its portfolio management responsibilities under the Advisory Agreement to one or moresub-investment advisers; and

WHEREAS, in selectingsub-investment advisers and entering into and amendingsub-advisory agreements, the Adviser and the Trust may rely upon an exemptive order obtained from the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), provided that the Adviser and the Trust comply with the terms and conditions set forth therein; and

WHEREAS, the Adviser and the Board of Trustees (the “Board”) of the Trust desire to retain theSub-Adviser to render portfolio management services to the Fund in the manner and on the terms set forth in this Agreement.

NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants and agreements set forth herein, the Adviser and theSub-Adviser agree as follows:

 

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Appointment.

 

 a.

Role ofSub-Adviser. The Adviser hereby appoints theSub-Adviser to act as an investment adviser for the Fund, subject to the oversight and direction of the Adviser and the Board, for so long as this Agreement remains in effect. Without limiting the generality of the previous statement, theSub-Adviser shall manage the investment and reinvestment of the assets of the Fund allocated to it in accordance with such investment strategies and within such limitations as the Adviser and theSub-Adviser shall agree from time to time (collectively the “Strategy”). TheSub-Adviser acknowledges and agrees that the various investment advisory and other services as set forth herein to be performed by theSub-Adviser will apply to the portion of the Fund’s assets that the Adviser or the Board shall from time to time designate, which may consist of all or a portion of the Fund’s assets (the “Allocated Portion”). TheSub-Adviser may provide the various investment advisory and other services with respect to the Allocated Portion to the Fund and/or a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Fund: Blackstone Alternative Multi-Strategy Sub Fund II Ltd., Blackstone Alternative Multi-Strategy Sub Fund III LLC, and/or Blackstone Alternative Multi-Strategy Sub Fund IV LLC. TheSub-Adviser hereby accepts such appointment and agrees during such period, subject to the oversight of the Board and the Adviser, to render the services and to assume the obligations herein set forth for the compensation stated in Section 5 hereof. TheSub-Adviser shall for all purposes herein be deemed to be an independent contractor and shall, except as expressly provided or authorized (whether herein or otherwise), have no authority or obligation to act for or represent the Adviser, the Trust, or the Fund in any way.

 

 b.

Limitations ofSub-Adviser’s Responsibility. Except as expressly set forth in this Agreement, theSub-Adviser shall not be responsible for aspects of the Fund’s investment program other than the management of the Allocated Portion in accordance with the Strategy.


 c.

Sub-Advisory Arrangement Not Exclusive for Fund andSub-Adviser. It is acknowledged and agreed that the Adviser may appoint from time to time othersub-advisers in addition to theSub-Adviser to manage the assets of the Fund that do not constitute the Allocated Portion and nothing in this Agreement shall be construed or interpreted to grant theSub-Adviser an exclusive arrangement to act as the solesub-adviser to the Fund. It is further acknowledged and agreed that the Adviser makes no commitment to designate any portion of the Fund’s assets to theSub-Adviser as the Allocated Portion. The Adviser also recognizes that theSub-Adviser may be or become associated with other investment entities and engage in investment management for others. Except to the extent necessary to perform its obligations hereunder, nothing herein shall be deemed to require theSub-Adviser to devote any minimum amount of time or attention to the management of the Allocated Portion. Except as otherwise expressly provided herein, nothing herein shall be deemed to limit or restrict the right of theSub-Adviser to engage in, or to devote time and attention to the management of any other business, whether of a similar or dissimilar nature, or to render services of any kind to any other corporation, firm, individual or association. TheSub-Adviser may on occasion give advice or take action with respect to other investment entities that it manages that differs from the advice given with respect to the Allocated Portion.

 

2.

Sub-Adviser Duties.

TheSub-Adviser is hereby granted (subject to the limitations expressed) the following authority and undertakes to provide the following services and to assume the following obligations:

 

 a.

Supervision; Adviser Retains Certain Authority. In furnishing the services hereunder, theSub-Adviser will be subject to the supervision of the Adviser and the Board. Subject to notice to theSub-Adviser, the Adviser retains complete authority, to the extent permitted under the Advisory Agreement, to immediately assume direct responsibility for any function delegated to theSub-Adviser under this Agreement.

 

 b.

Continuous Investment Program. TheSub-Adviser shall formulate and implement a continuous investment program for the Allocated Portion in accordance with the Strategy, including determining what portion of such assets will be invested or held uninvested in cash or cash equivalents. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, theSub-Adviser is authorized to: (i) make investment decisions for the Fund in respect of the Allocated Portion, including decisions for the investment and reinvestment of the assets (including cash and cash-equivalent assets) held in the Allocated Portion; (ii) place purchase and sale orders for portfolio transactions in respect of the Allocated Portion and manage otherwise uninvested cash or cash equivalent assets of the Allocated Portion; (iii) use financial derivative instruments and any of the efficient portfolio management techniques and instruments as may in the reasonable opinion of theSub-Adviser be necessary in order to implement the Strategy; and (iv) subject to Section 2(d) below, execute account documentation, agreements, contracts, and other documents as may be requested by brokers, dealers, counterparties, and other persons in connection with theSub-Adviser’s management of the Allocated Portion (in such respect, and only for this limited purpose, theSub-Adviser will, as necessary to effect such documentation, agreements, contracts and other documents, act as the Adviser’s and the Fund’s agent andattorney-in-fact). TheSub-Adviser, in general, will take such action as is appropriate to manage the Allocated Portion effectively.

 

 c.

Management in Accordance with Fund Governing Documents and Procedures. TheSub-Adviser will manage the Allocated Portion subject to and in accordance with:

 

 i.

the Strategy;

 

 ii.

the policies and restrictions of the Fund set forth in the Fund’s Agreement and Declaration of Trust, as amended,By-Laws and the Fund’s registration statement (as from time to time amended, supplemented, and in effect, the “Registration Statement”) (collectively, the “Governing Documents”);


 iii.

the requirements applicable to registered investment companies under applicable laws, including without limitation the 1940 Act and the rules and regulations thereunder and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to qualification as a “regulated investment company”;

 

 iv.

any service level agreement that may be agreed between the parties from time to time; and

 

 v.

any written instructions which the Adviser or the Board may issue to theSub-Adviser from time to time, except to the extent such instructions conflict with applicable law or are inconsistent with the Governing Documents.

 

 d.

TheSub-Adviser also agrees to conduct its activities hereunder in accordance with any applicable procedures or policies adopted by the Board with respect to the Fund as from time to time in effect and communicated in writing to theSub-Adviser (the “Procedures”). The Adviser has provided to theSub-Adviser copies of all current Governing Documents and current Procedures and shall provide to theSub-Adviser any amendments or supplements thereto. The Adviser will endeavor to provide reasonable written notice to theSub-Adviser of any changes to the Governing Documents or the Procedures. The Adviser shall promptly furnish theSub-Adviser with such additional information as may be reasonably necessary for or reasonably requested by theSub-Adviser to perform its responsibilities pursuant to this Agreement.

 

 e.

Fund Counterparties. TheSub-Adviser will utilize counterparties and/or clearing members for prime brokerage, futures clearing, listed and OTC options and swap services, ISDA services, and other transactions in financial derivative instruments under agreements set up by, and in the name of, the Adviser or the Fund. TheSub-Adviser will provide reasonable assistance to the Adviser in negotiating trading terms and other arrangements with counterparties and/or clearing members upon reasonable request. In effecting transactions for the Allocated Portion, theSub-Adviser will utilize broker-dealers and swap execution facilities, if applicable, for trade execution selected by theSub-Adviser, and accounts set up by theSub-Adviser with such broker-dealers and swap execution facilities. The Adviser will be responsible for managing any collateral and margin requirements associated with investments made for the Allocated Portion (where applicable), including providing instructions to the Custodian (as defined herein) and will performin-house reconciliation procedures on such accounts.

 

 f.

Reports. TheSub-Adviser shall render such reports to the Board and the Adviser as they may reasonably request concerning the investment activities of theSub-Adviser with respect to the Fund. On each business day, theSub-Adviser shall provide reports (to which the Adviser will have access) to the Fund’s administrator (the “Administrator”) regarding (i) the securities or other instruments, including, without limitation, cash and cash equivalents, held in the Allocated Portion; and (ii) the securities or other instruments purchased and sold for the Allocated Portion by theSub-Adviser on such business day. TheSub-Adviser also shall provide such additional information to the Adviser or the Administrator regarding theSub-Adviser’s implementation of the Strategy as the Adviser or Administrator may reasonably request in such format as the Adviser or Administrator may reasonably request.

 

 g.

Proxy Voting. The parties hereby agree that theSub-Adviser shall assume responsibility for voting proxies and making all other voting and consent determinations with respect to the issuers of securities and other instruments held in the Allocated Portion in accordance with theSub-Adviser’s then-existing proxy voting policies and procedures (a copy of which has been provided by theSub-Adviser to the Adviser);provided that theSub-Adviser’s proxy voting policies and procedures for the Allocated Portion are not inconsistent with the proxy voting policies and procedures adopted by the Fund and provided to theSub-Adviser from time to time.Sub-Adviser will be provided access to materials relating to such proxies in a timely fashion by the Fund’s proxy agent. TheSub-Adviser may use recommendations from a third party in order to make voting decisions and may use a third


 party service provider to execute the voting. TheSub-Adviser shall provide disclosure regarding its proxy voting policies and procedures in accordance with the requirements of FormN-1A for inclusion in the Registration Statement of the Trust. To the extent that theSub-Adviser votes proxies for the Fund, theSub-Adviser shall report to the Adviser in a timely manner a record of all proxies voted, in such form and format that permits the Fund to comply with the requirements of FormN-PX with respect to the Allocated Portion. During any annual period in which theSub-Adviser has voted proxies for the Fund, theSub-Adviser shall, as may reasonably be requested by the Adviser, certify as to its compliance with its proxy voting policies and procedures and applicable federal statutes and regulations.

 

 h.

Filing Claims. The parties hereby agree that theSub-Adviser shall not be responsible for the filing of claims (or otherwise causing the Fund to participate) in class action litigation, settlements, bankruptcy proceedings, or similar proceedings in which shareholders may participate related to securities currently or previously associated with the Allocated Portion. Notwithstanding the foregoing, at theSub-Adviser’s reasonable request,Sub-Adviser may assume responsibility for the filing of claims (or otherwise causing the Fund to participate) in class action litigation, settlements, bankruptcy proceedings, or similar proceedings related to securities currently or previously associated with the Allocated Portion.

 

 i.

Sub-Adviser’s Management and Monitoring of the Allocated Portion. TheSub-Adviser shall be responsible for daily monitoring of the investment activities and portfolio holdings associated with the Allocated Portion according to a monitoring system that is reasonably designed to ensure compliance with the Strategy, relevant Governing Documents and Procedures, and applicable law. The Adviser or the Trust on behalf of the Fund, as applicable, shall timely provide to theSub-Adviser all information and documentation that the parties mutually agree are necessary or appropriate for theSub-Adviser to fulfill its obligations under this Agreement. TheSub-Adviser shall act on any reasonable written instructions of the Adviser with respect to the investment activities used to manage the Allocated Portion to ensure the Fund’s compliance with the Governing Documents, Procedures, and applicable law.

 

 j.

Daily Transmission of Information to Custodian. In connection with any purchase and sale of securities or other instruments for the Allocated Portion, theSub-Adviser will arrange for the transmission to the custodian for the Fund (the “Custodian”) on a daily basis such confirmation, trade tickets, and other documents and information, including, but not limited to, CUSIP, Sedol, or other numbers that identify the securities or other instruments to be purchased or sold on behalf of the Fund, as may be reasonably necessary to enable the Custodian to perform its custodial, administrative, and recordkeeping responsibilities with respect to the Fund. Copies of such confirmations, trade tickets, and other documents and information shall be provided concurrently to the Administrator. With respect to securities or other instruments to be settled through the Fund’s Custodian, theSub-Adviser will arrange for the prompt transmission of the confirmation of such trades to the Custodian. The parties acknowledge that theSub-Adviser is not a custodian of the Fund’s assets and will not take possession or custody of such assets.

 

 k.

Assistance with Valuation. TheSub-Adviser will provide reasonable assistance to the Adviser, the Custodian, the Administrator or another similar party designated by the Adviser in assessing the fair value of securities or other instruments held in the Allocated Portion for which market quotations are not readily available or for which the Adviser or the Board has otherwise determined to fair value such portfolio holdings.

 

 l.

Provision of Information and Certifications. TheSub-Adviser shall timely provide to the Adviser and the Trust, on behalf of the Fund, all information and documentation they may reasonably request as necessary or appropriate in order for the Adviser and the Board to oversee the activities of theSub-Adviser and to comply with the requirements of the Governing Documents, the Procedures, and any applicable law, including, without limitation, (i) information and commentary relating to the


 Sub-Adviser or the Allocated Portion for the Fund’s annual and semi-annual reports, in a format reasonably approved by the Adviser, together with (A) a certification that such information and commentary discuss all of the factors that materially affected the performance of the Fund with respect to the Allocated Portion, including the relevant market conditions and the investment techniques and strategies used and (B) additional certifications related to theSub-Adviser’s management of the Allocated Portion in order to support the Fund’s filings on FormN-CSR, FormN-PORT and other applicable forms, and the Fund’s Principal Executive Officer’s and Principal Financial Officer’s certifications under Rule30a-2 under the 1940 Act, thereon; (ii) within 5 business days of aquarter-end, a quarterly certification with respect to compliance and operational matters related to theSub-Adviser and theSub-Adviser’s management of the Allocated Portion (including, without limitation, compliance with the Procedures), in a format reasonably requested by the Adviser, as it may be amended from time to time; and (iii) an annual certification from theSub-Adviser’s Chief Compliance Officer, appointed under Rule206(4)-7 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (the “AdvisersAct”), with respect to the design and operation of theSub-Adviser’s compliance program, in a format reasonably requested by the Adviser.

 

 m.

Code of Ethics. TheSub-Adviser will maintain a written code of ethics (the “Code of Ethics”) that complies with the requirements of Rule17j-1 under the 1940 Act (“Rule17j-1”), a copy of which will be provided to the Adviser and the Fund, and will institute procedures reasonably necessary to prevent any Access Person (as defined in Rule17j-1) from violating its Code of Ethics. The Sub- Adviser will follow such Code of Ethics in performing its services under this Agreement. TheSub-Adviser also will certify quarterly to the Trust on behalf of the Fund and the Adviser that it and its “Advisory Persons” (as defined in Rule17j-1) have complied materially with the requirements of Rule17j-1 during the previous quarter or, if not, explain what theSub-Adviser has done to seek to ensure such compliance in the future. Annually, theSub-Adviser will furnish a written report, which complies with the requirements of Rule17j-1 and Rule38a-1, concerning the Code of Ethics and its compliance program, respectively, to the Trust and the Adviser. TheSub-Adviser shall notify the Adviser promptly upon becoming aware of any material violation of the Code of Ethics involving the Fund. Upon request of the Board or the Chief Compliance Officer on behalf of the Fund or the Adviser with respect to violations of the Code of Ethics directly affecting the Fund, theSub-Adviser will permit representatives of the Trust or the Adviser to examine reports (or summaries of the reports) required to be made by Rule17j-1 relating to enforcement of the Code of Ethics. Further, theSub-Adviser represents and warrants that it has policies and procedures regarding the detection and prevention of the misuse of material, nonpublic information by theSub-Adviser and its employees.

 

 n.

Sub-Adviser Review of Materials. Upon the Adviser’s reasonable request, theSub-Adviser shall review and comment upon selected portions relating to theSub-Adviser and/or the Strategy (including the Allocated Portion) of the Registration Statement, other offering documents and ancillary sales and marketing materials prepared by the Adviser for the Fund (with respect to theSub-Adviser’s provision of the services under this Agreement or the Strategy or performance with respect to the Allocated Portion), and participate, at the reasonable request of the Adviser and as mutually agreed to by theSub-Adviser, in educational meetings with placement agents and other intermediaries about portfolio management and investment-related matters of the Fund. TheSub-Adviser will promptly inform the Fund and the Adviser upon becoming aware that any information in the Registration Statement relating to theSub-Adviser or the Strategy is (or will become) inaccurate or incomplete.

 

 o.

Regulatory Communications and Notices. TheSub-Adviser shall promptly notify the Adviser regarding any inspections, notices or inquiries from any governmental, administrative or self-regulatory agency, including without limitation, any deficiency letter, responses to deficiency letters or similar communications or actions relating to theSub-Adviser’s management of the Allocated Portion or that otherwise relate to the Fund. To the extent that such inspections, notices, or inquiries relate to the Fund, theSub-Adviser shall promptly make available such documents to the Adviser


 unless theSub-Adviser reasonably decides that it would be legally prohibited from doing so. Notwithstanding the foregoing, theSub-Adviser shall not be required to provide the Adviser notice of any routine exams or sweep exams conducted by any governmental, administrative or self-regulatory agency unless such exams (i) relate to theSub-Adviser’s management of the Allocated Portion or that otherwise relate to the Fund or (ii) that involve matters that could reasonably be viewed as material to theSub-Adviser’s ability to provide services to the Fund.

 

 p.

Notice of Material Actions / Change in Control. TheSub-Adviser will keep the Trust and the Adviser informed of developments of which theSub-Adviser has knowledge that would materially affect the Fund. TheSub-Adviser will promptly notify the Adviser in writing of the occurrence of any of the following events (i) it is served or otherwise receives notice of, or is threatened with, any material action, suit, proceeding, inquiry or investigation, at law or in equity, before or by any court, governmental, administrative or self-regulatory agency, or public board or body, involving the affairs of the Fund and (ii) any change in the actual control or management of theSub-Adviser or change in the portfolio manager(s) primarily responsible for theday-to-day management of the Allocated Portion.

 

3.

Broker-Dealer Selection.

To the extent provided in the Registration Statement, and in accordance with applicable law and applicable policies and procedures of theSub-Adviser, as approved by the Board (the “Sub-Adviser Procedures”), theSub-Adviser shall, in the name of the Fund, place orders for the execution of portfolio transactions for the Allocated Portion, when applicable, with or through such brokers, dealers or other financial institutions described in Section 2(e) hereof. TheSub-Adviser shall use its reasonable best efforts to obtain the best execution and efficient execution on all portfolio transactions executed in respect of the Allocated Portion. TheSub-Adviser may, to the extent permissible by Section 28(e) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and consistent with applicableSub-Adviser Procedures, consider, among other things, the financial responsibility, research and investment information, and other services provided by broker-dealers who may effect or be a party to any such transaction or to other transactions to which other clients of theSub-Adviser may be a party.

On occasions when theSub-Adviser deems the purchase or sale of a security to be in the best interest of the Fund as well as other clients of theSub-Adviser, the Sub-Adviser may, in accordance with applicable law and any relevantSub-Adviser Procedures, aggregate the securities to be so purchased or sold with other orders for other clients of theSub-Adviser in order to obtain best execution. In such event, allocation of the securities so purchased or sold, as well as of the fees and expenses incurred in the transaction, will be made by theSub-Adviser consistent with the Procedures and in the manner it considers to be equitable and consistent with its fiduciary obligations to the Fund and to such other clients.

On an ongoing basis, at such times as the Adviser or the Board shall request, theSub-Adviser will provide a written report to the Adviser and the Board, in a form reasonably agreed between theSub-Adviser and the Adviser, summarizing (i) the brokerage details with respect to transactions executed by theSub-Adviser for the Allocated Portion and (ii) the “soft dollar” arrangements that theSub-Adviser maintains with brokers or dealers that execute transactions for the Allocated Portion, and of all research and other services provided to theSub-Adviser by a broker or dealer (whether prepared by such broker or dealer or by a third party) as a result, in whole or in part, of the direction of Fund transactions for the Allocated Portion to the broker or dealer.

 

4.

Books and Records; Periodic Reports.

 

 a.

Maintenance Requirements. TheSub-Adviser shall maintain such books and records with respect to theSub-Adviser’s activities in connection with the Allocated Portion as are required by law, including, without limitation, the 1940 Act (including, without limitation, the investment records and ledgers required by Rule31a-1) and the Advisers Act, and the rules and regulations thereunder (the


 Fund’s Books and Records”). TheSub-Adviser agrees that the Fund’s Books and Records are the Fund’s property and further agrees to surrender promptly to the Trust or the Adviser the Fund’s Books and Records upon the request of the Board or the Adviser;provided, however, that theSub-Adviser may retain copies of the Fund’s Books and Records at its own cost. TheSub-Adviser shall make the Fund’s Books and Records available for inspection and use by the SEC and other regulatory authorities having authority over the Fund, the Trust, the Adviser, or any person retained by the Board at all reasonable times as requested by the Adviser or the Board. Where applicable, the Fund’s Books and Records shall be maintained by theSub-Adviser for the periods and in the places required by Rule31a-2 under the 1940 Act. In the event of the termination of this Agreement, the Fund’s Books and Records will be returned to the Trust or the Adviser; provided that theSub-Adviser may retain copies of the Fund’s Books and Records to the extent required by law. The Adviser and Fund’s Chief Compliance Officer shall, upon reasonable notice, be provided with access to theSub-Adviser’s documentation and records relating to the Fund and copies of such documentation and records.

 

 b.

Periodic Reports. TheSub-Adviser shall (i) render to the Board such periodic and special reports as the Board or the Adviser may reasonably request; and (ii) meet with any persons at the reasonable request of the Adviser or the Board for the purpose of reviewing theSub-Adviser’s performance under this Agreement upon reasonable advance notice (but no more than twice per calendar year, unless otherwise agreed by theSub-Adviser).

 

5.

Compensation of theSub-Adviser.

The Adviser will pay theSub-Adviser for its services with respect to the Fund the compensation specified inAppendix A to this Agreement.

 

6.

Allocation of Charges and Expenses.

TheSub-Adviser shall bear its expenses of providing services pursuant to this Agreement, including, without limitation, theSub-Adviser’s operating and overhead expenses attributable to its duties hereunder. It is understood that, pursuant to the Advisory Agreement, the Fund will pay all expenses other than those expressly stated to be payable by theSub-Adviser hereunder or by the Adviser under the Advisory Agreement, which such expenses payable by the Fund shall include, without limitation, those set forth in Section 4 of the Advisory Agreement.

 

7.

Standard of Care; Breach.

 

 a.

Standard of Care. TheSub-Adviser will exercise its best judgment and will act in good faith and use reasonable care and act in a manner consistent with applicable federal and state laws and regulations in rendering the services it has agreed to provide under this Agreement.

 

 b.

Notification, Curing Breach. TheSub-Adviser will notify the Adviser as soon as reasonably practicable upon detection of any material breach by theSub-Adviser of the 1940 Act, the Governing Documents, the Procedures, the Strategy, or this Agreement. The Adviser will notify theSub-Adviser as soon as reasonably practicable upon detection of any material breach by the Adviser of the 1940 Act, the Governing Documents or the Procedures (to the extent that such breach would have a material adverse effect on the Allocated Portion).

Each party shall use its reasonable best efforts to cooperate with the other party in curing any regulatory or compliance breaches or breaches of this Agreement as promptly as possible.

 

8.

Use of Names and Track Record.

 

 a.

Adviser’s and Fund’s Use ofSub-Adviser Name. For so long as the Fund remains in existence, the Adviser and the Fund shall have a royalty-free license to use the name of theSub-Adviser, including


 any short-form of such name, or any combination or derivation thereof, for the purpose of identifying theSub-Adviser as asub-adviser to the Fund. TheSub-Adviser acknowledges and agrees that the Adviser, the Fund and the Fund’s selling agents will use such names in marketing the Fund to current and prospective investors. The Adviser and the Fund shall cease to use the name of theSub-Adviser in any newly printed materials (except as may, in the sole discretion of the Adviser, be reasonably necessary to comply with applicable law) promptly upon termination of this Agreement with respect to the Fund. During the term of this Agreement, theSub-Adviser shall have the right, upon reasonable request and at its own expense, to review all sales and other marketing materials utilizing the name of theSub-Adviser and any combination or derivation thereof, provided, however, that if theSub-Adviser fails to comment in writing (including viae-mail) by the end of the third business day after delivery of such materials, theSub-Adviser will be deemed to have granted consent on the end of the third business day following delivery of such materials to theSub-Adviser for approval.

 

 b.

Restrictions on Use of Adviser’s Name. TheSub-Adviser shall not use the name of the Trust, the Fund, the Adviser, “Blackstone Alternative Asset Management L.P.” or “Blackstone” (or any combination or derivation thereof) in any material relating to theSub-Adviser in any manner not approved prior thereto in writing by the Adviser (other than inclusions of such entities in lists of theSub-Adviser’s clients or as required by applicable law). Each of the Adviser and theSub-Adviser represents and warrants that it will not make, or cause or allow any of its affiliates to make, any oral or written statement to any third party that disparages, defames, or reflects adversely upon the Trust, the Fund, the Adviser or theSub-Adviser, as applicable. For the avoidance of doubt, nothing in this Agreement shall restrict the Adviser, its affiliates, the Trust, or the Fund from making factual statements in required disclosures (including shareholder report discussions or Fund performance), in reports to the Trust’s Board of Trustees, or in response to regulatory inquiries.

 

 c.

Sub-Adviser’s Use of Track-Record. TheSub-Adviser may use performance data it generates in connection with the Fund for its track record without approval in writing or otherwise by the Adviser,provided that the Fund is not specifically identified by name.

 

9.

Liability and Indemnification.

 

 a.

Absent theSub-Adviser’s breach of this Agreement or the willful misconduct, bad faith, gross negligence, or reckless disregard of the obligations or duties hereunder on the part of theSub-Adviser, or its officers, directors, partners, agents, employees, and controlling persons, theSub-Adviser shall not be liable for any act or omission in the course of, or connected with, rendering services hereunder or for any losses that may be sustained in the purchase, holding, or sale of any position;provided, however, that the obligations of theSub-Adviser with respect to a “Trade Error” or “Compliance Error” (as defined in the Procedures, as the same may be amended from time to time) shall be as set forth in the Procedures. Prior to effecting any material change to the definitions in the Procedures of Trade Error or Compliance Error (or to any associated obligations or liabilities of theSub-Adviser), the Adviser agrees to provide written notice to theSub-Adviser at least 35 days prior to the material change becoming effective with respect to the Allocated Portion unless, in the reasonable discretion of the Adviser, such change must become effective earlier due to any applicable law, rule, regulation or court order. It is acknowledged and agreed that any Trade Error or Compliance Error that results in a gain to the Fund shall inure to the benefit of the Fund. For the avoidance of doubt, it is acknowledged and agreed that the Fund is a third party beneficiary of the indemnity granted in this Section 9(a) and Section 9(c) below, and the indemnity is intended to cover claims by the Fund, the Trust (on behalf of the Fund), or the Adviser against theSub-Adviser for recovery pursuant to this section.

 

 b.

TheSub-Adviser acknowledges that it has received notice of and accepts the limitations upon the Fund’s liability set forth in its Agreement and Declaration of Trust, as amended. TheSub-Adviser agrees that any of the Fund’s obligations shall be limited to the assets of the Fund and that the


 Sub-Adviser shall not seek satisfaction of any such obligation from the shareholders of the Fund nor from any other series of the Trust or any Trustees or officer, employee, or agent of the Fund or other series of the Trust.

 

 c.

TheSub-Adviser shall indemnify the Fund and the Adviser and each of their respective trustees, members, officers, employees, and shareholders, and each person, if any, who controls the Fund or the Adviser within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act, against, and hold them harmless from, any and all losses, claims, damages, liabilities, costs, and expenses (including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys’ and accountants’ fees and disbursements) (collectively, “Losses”) asserted by any third party in so far as such Losses (or actions with respect thereto) arise out of or are based upon (i) any actual material misstatement or omission in the Fund’s Registration Statement, any proxy statement, or communication to current or prospective investors in the Fund relating to disclosure provided in written materials to the Adviser or the Fund by theSub-Adviser for inclusion in such documents; or (ii) the bad faith, willful misconduct or gross negligence by theSub-Adviser in the performance of its duties under this Agreement or reckless disregard of its obligations or duties hereunder. For the avoidance of doubt, it is acknowledged and agreed that the indemnity in this Section 9(c) shall not operate to limit in any way the indemnification granted by theSub-Adviser to the Adviser, the Fund, or the Trust (on behalf of the Fund) in Section 9(a) above.

 

 d.

The Adviser shall indemnify theSub-Adviser and each of its partners/members, officers, employees and shareholders, and each person, if any, who controls theSub-Adviser within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act, against, and hold them harmless from, any and all Losses asserted by any third party in so far as such Losses (or actions with respect thereto) arise out of or are based upon (i) any actual material misstatement or omission in the Fund’s Registration Statement, any proxy statement, or communication to current or prospective investors in the Fund (other than a misstatement or omission relating to disclosure provided in written materials to the Adviser or the Fund by theSub-Adviser for inclusion in such documents); (ii) any action or inaction by theSub-Adviser that theSub-Adviser has made or refrained from making, as applicable, in good faith pursuant to and consistent with the Adviser’s written instructions to theSub-Adviser; or (iii) the bad faith, willful misconduct, or gross negligence by the Adviser in the performance of its duties under this Agreement or reckless disregard of its obligations or duties hereunder.

 

 e.

Promptly after receipt of notice of any action, arbitration, claim, demand, dispute, investigation, lawsuit, or other proceeding (each a “Proceeding”) by a party seeking to be indemnified under Section 9(c) or 9(d) (the “Indemnified Party”), the Indemnified Party will, if a claim in respect thereof is to be made against a party against whom indemnification is sought under Section 9(c) or 9(d) (the “Indemnifying Party”) notify the Indemnifying Party in writing of the commencement of such Proceeding; provided that, the failure to so notify the Indemnifying Party shall not relieve the Indemnifying Party from any indemnification liability which it may have to the Indemnified Party. No Indemnifying Party shall be liable under this section for any settlement of any Proceeding entered into without its consent with respect to which indemnity may be sought hereunder.

 

 f.

The rights of indemnification provided in this section shall not be exclusive of or affect any other rights to which any person may be entitled by contract or otherwise by law.

 

10.

Sub-Adviser Insurance.

TheSub-Adviser agrees that it will maintain at its own expense an errors and omissions insurance policy with respect to theSub-Adviser in a commercially reasonable amount based upon the amount of assets managed by theSub-Adviser and commercial general liability insurance in a commercially reasonable amount. The foregoing policies shall be issued by insurance companies that maintain an A.M. Best rating ofA- or higher, or are otherwise acceptable to the Adviser in its reasonable discretion. Any and all deductibles specified in the above-referenced insurance policies shall be assumed by theSub-Adviser.


11.

Custodian.

 

 a.

The Fund’s assets shall be maintained in the custody of its Custodian. Any assets added to the Fund shall be delivered directly to the Fund’s Custodian, and theSub-Adviser shall have no liability for the acts or omissions of any such Custodian.

 

12.

Representations of theSub-Adviser.

TheSub-Adviser represents, warrants and further covenants as follows:

 

 a.

Duly Organized / Good Standing. It is duly organized, validly existing, and in good standing under the laws of the jurisdiction of its organization, and is qualified to do business in each jurisdiction in which failure to be so qualified would reasonably be expected to have a material adverse effect upon it.

 

 b.

Authority. The execution, delivery and performance by theSub-Adviser of this Agreement are within theSub-Adviser’s powers and have been duly authorized by all necessary action on the part of its governing body (i.e., its partners or board of directors/trustees/members), and no action by or in respect of, or filing with, any governmental body, agency or official is required on the part of theSub-Adviser for the execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement, and the execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement by theSub-Adviser does not contravene or constitute a default under (i) any provision of applicable law, rule or regulation applicable to theSub-Adviser, (ii) theSub-Adviser’s governing instruments, or (iii) any agreement, judgment, injunction, order, decree or other instruments binding upon theSub-Adviser. Any individuals whose signatures are affixed to this Agreement on behalf of theSub-Adviser have full authority and power to execute this Agreement on behalf of theSub-Adviser.

 

 c.

Enforceable Agreement. This Agreement is enforceable against theSub-Adviser in accordance with its terms, subject as to enforcement to bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, arrangement, moratorium, and other similar laws of general applicability relating to or affecting creditors’ rights and to general equity principles. Further, this Agreement and the retention of theSub-Adviser to provide the services set forth herein have been approved by the Board in accordance with an exemptive order obtained from the SEC and applicable law.

 

 d.

Registered Investment Adviser. TheSub-Adviser (i) is duly registered as an investment adviser under the Advisers Act and will continue to be so registered for so long as this Agreement remains in effect; (ii) is not prohibited by the 1940 Act or the Advisers Act from performing the services contemplated by this Agreement; (iii) has appointed a Chief Compliance Officer underRule 206(4)-7 under the Advisers Act; (iv) has adopted written policies and procedures that are reasonably designed to prevent violations of the Advisers Act from occurring, and correct promptly any violations that have occurred, and will provide notice promptly to the Adviser of any material violations relating to the Fund; (v) has materially met and will seek to continue to materially meet for so long as this Agreement remains in effect, any other applicable federal or state requirements, or the applicable requirements of any regulatory or industry self-regulatory agency; and (vi) will promptly notify the Adviser of the occurrence of any event that would disqualify theSub-Adviser from serving as an investment adviser of a registered investment company pursuant to Section 9(a) of the 1940 Act.

 

 e.

No Material Pending Actions. To the best of its knowledge, there are no material pending, threatened, or contemplated actions, suits, proceedings, or investigations before or by any court, governmental, administrative or self-regulatory body, board of trade, exchange, or arbitration panel to which it or any of its directors, officers, employees, partners, shareholders, members or principals, or any of its affiliates is a party or to which it or its affiliates or any of its or its affiliates’ assets are subject, nor has it or any of its affiliates received any notice of an investigation, inquiry, or dispute


 by any court, governmental, administrative, or self-regulatory body, board of trade, exchange, or arbitration panel regarding any of its or their respective activities which might reasonably be expected to result in a material adverse effect on the Fund, a material adverse change in theSub-Adviser’s financial or business prospects, or which might reasonably be expected to materially impair theSub-Adviser’s ability to discharge its obligations under this Agreement.

 

 f.

Licenses and Registrations. It has all governmental, regulatory, self-regulatory, and exchange licenses, registrations, memberships, and approvals required to act as investment adviser to the Fund pursuant to this Agreement and it will obtain and maintain any such required licenses, registrations, memberships, and approvals.

 

 g.

ADV. It has provided the Adviser with a copy of its Form ADV and will, promptly after making any amendment to its Form ADV, furnish a copy of such amendment to the Adviser.

 

 h.

Change in Portfolio Management Personnel. TheSub-Adviser shall promptly notify the Adviser of any changes in its executive officers or in its key personnel, including, without limitation, if Dan Sparks, Kevin Gasvoda or Justin Mahoney shall cease to be employed by theSub-Adviser or to oversee the implementation by theSub-Adviser of the Strategy, or if there is an actual or expected change in control or management of theSub-Adviser.

 

 i.

No Untrue Statements or Omissions. The information provided by theSub-Adviser to the Adviser in writing shall not, to the knowledge of theSub-Adviser, contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the information not misleading.

 

 j.

Section 13 Filings. For purposes of Section 13(f) of the Exchange Act, and Rule13f-1 thereunder, theSub-Adviser shall be deemed to exercise investment discretion over any “Section 13(f) securities” (as defined in Rule13f-1(c) under the Exchange Act) held or previously held in the Allocated Portion, and shall include information regarding such securities in its reports filed on Form 13F. For purposes of Section 13(d) and 13(g) of the Exchange Act, theSub-Adviser shall be deemed the “beneficial owner” of any equity security held or previously held in the Allocated Portion, and shall include information regarding such securities, as required, in its “beneficial ownership reports” filed on Schedules 13D or 13G. For the avoidance of doubt, nothing contained in this Section 12(j) shall be understood as a representation by theSub-Adviser that it is the owner (or beneficial owner) of these securities for purposes other than those referenced herein.

 

 k.

Ongoing Representations and Warranties. If, at any time during the term of this Agreement, it discovers any fact or omission, or any event or change of circumstances has occurred, which would make any of its representations and warranties in this Agreement inaccurate or incomplete in any material respect, theSub-Adviser will provide prompt written notification to the Adviser of such fact, omission, event, or change of circumstance, and the facts related thereto. TheSub-Adviser agrees that it will provide prompt notice to the Adviser in the event that: (i) theSub-Adviser makes an assignment for the benefit of creditors, files a voluntary petition in bankruptcy, or is otherwise adjudged bankrupt or insolvent by a court of competent jurisdiction; or (ii) a material event occurs with respect to theSub-Adviser’s investment advisory business that could reasonably be expected to adversely impact theSub-Adviser’s ability to perform its duties under this Agreement.

 

13.

Representations of the Adviser.

The Adviser represents, warrants and further covenants as follows:

 

 a.

Duly Organized / Good Standing. It is duly organized, validly existing, and in good standing as a limited liability company under the laws of the State of Delaware, and is qualified to do business in each jurisdiction in which failure to be so qualified would reasonably be expected to have a material adverse effect upon it.


 b.

Authority. The execution, delivery and performance by the Adviser of this Agreement are within the Adviser’s powers and have been duly authorized by all necessary action, and no action by or in respect of, or filing with, any governmental body, agency or official is required on the part of the Adviser for the execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement, and the execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement by the Adviser does not contravene or constitute a default under (i) any provision of applicable law, rule or regulation applicable to the Adviser, (ii) the Adviser’s governing instruments, or (iii) any agreement, judgment, injunction, order, decree or other instruments binding upon the Adviser. Any individuals whose signatures are affixed to this Agreement on behalf of the Adviser have full authority and power to execute this Agreement on behalf of the Adviser.

 

 c.

Enforceable Agreement. This Agreement is enforceable against the Adviser in accordance with its terms, subject as to enforcement to bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, arrangement, moratorium, and other similar laws of general applicability relating to or affecting creditors’ rights and to general equity principles.

 

 d.

Registered Investment Adviser; CFTC Registration. The Adviser (i) is duly registered as an investment adviser under the Advisers Act and will continue to be so registered for so long as this Agreement and the Advisory Agreement with the Trust remain in effect, (ii) is not prohibited by the 1940 Act or the Advisers Act from performing the services contemplated by the Advisory Agreement with the Trust, (iii) has appointed a Chief Compliance Officer under Rule206(4)-7 under the Advisers Act, (iv) has adopted written policies and procedures that are reasonably designed to prevent violations of the Advisers Act from occurring and correct promptly any violations that have occurred, (v) has materially met and will seek to continue to materially meet for so long as this Agreement remains in effect, any other applicable federal or state requirements, or the applicable requirements of any regulatory or industry self-regulatory agency, and (vi) will promptly notify theSub-Adviser of the occurrence of any event that would disqualify the Adviser from serving as an investment adviser of a registered investment company pursuant to Section 9(a) of the 1940 Act. The Adviser is duly registered as a commodity pool operator and commodity trading advisor with the CFTC and is a member in good standing of the National Futures Association, and will maintain such registration and membership in good standing for so long as this Agreement remains in effect or will be exempt from such registration and membership.

 

 e.

No Material Pending Actions. To the best of its knowledge, there are no material pending, threatened, or contemplated actions, suits, proceedings, or investigations before or by any court, governmental, administrative, or self-regulatory body, board of trade, exchange, or arbitration panel to which it or any of its affiliates, is a party or to which it or any of its affiliates or assets are subject, nor has it or any of its affiliates received any notice of an investigation, inquiry, or dispute by any court, governmental, administrative, or self-regulatory body, board of trade, exchange, or arbitration panel regarding any of their respective activities which might reasonably be expected to result in a material adverse change in the Adviser’s financial or business prospects or which might reasonably be expected to materially impair the Adviser’s ability to discharge its obligations under this Agreement or the Advisory Agreement with the Trust.

 

 f.

Licenses and Registrations. It has all governmental, regulatory, self-regulatory and exchange licenses, registrations, memberships and approvals required to act as investment adviser to the Fund and it will obtain and maintain any such required licenses, registrations, memberships and approvals.

 

 g.

Ongoing Representations and Warranties. If, at any time during the term of this Agreement, it discovers any fact or omission, or any event or change of circumstances has occurred, which would make any of its representations and warranties in this Agreement inaccurate or incomplete in any material respect, it will provide prompt written notification to theSub-Adviser of such fact, omission, event, or change of circumstance, and the facts related thereto. The Adviser agrees that it will provide prompt notice to theSub-Adviser in the event that: (i) the Adviser makes an assignment


 for the benefit of creditors, files a voluntary petition in bankruptcy, or is otherwise adjudged bankrupt or insolvent by a court of competent jurisdiction; or (ii) a material event occurs that could reasonably be expected to adversely impact the Adviser’s ability to perform this Agreement.

 

14.

Renewal, Termination and Amendment.

 

 a.

Renewal. Unless terminated in accordance with Section 14(b), this Agreement shall continue in effect until two years from the effectiveness date, and thereafter for successive periods of no more than twelve (12) months each, only so long as such continuance is specifically approved at least annually (i) by a vote of the Trustees of the Trust or by vote of a majority of outstanding voting securities of the Fund and (ii) by vote of a majority of the Trustees who are not interested persons of the Trust (as defined in the 1940 Act) or of any person party to this Agreement, cast in person at a meeting called for the purpose of such approval.

 

 b.

Termination. This Agreement may be terminated at any time without payment of any penalty (i) by the Board, or by a vote of a majority of the outstanding voting securities of the Fund, upon 60 days’ prior written notice to the Adviser and theSub-Adviser; (ii) by theSub-Adviser upon 60 days’ prior written notice to the Adviser and the Fund; or (iii) by the Adviser upon 61 days’ written notice to theSub-Adviser. This Agreement may also be terminated, without the payment of any penalty, by the Adviser immediately upon (A) a material breach by theSub-Adviser of this Agreement which is not promptly cured; (B) Dan Sparks, Kevin Gasvoda or Justin Mahoney ceasing to be employed by theSub-Adviser or continuing to oversee theSub-Adviser’s management of the Allocated Portion; or (C) at the discretion of the Adviser, if theSub-Adviser or Dan Sparks, Kevin Gasvoda or Justin Mahoney is accused in any regulatory, self-regulatory or judicial proceeding of violating the federal securities laws or engaging in criminal conduct. This Agreement may also terminate if mutually agreed upon by both the Adviser and theSub-Adviser. This Agreement shall terminate automatically and immediately upon termination of the Advisory Agreement. This Agreement shall terminate automatically and immediately in the event of its assignment. The terms “assignment,” “interested person” and “vote of a majority of the outstanding voting securities” shall have the meaning set forth for such terms in the 1940 Act or the rules thereunder. This Agreement may be amended at any time by theSub-Adviser and the Adviser, subject to approval by the Board (including approval by those Trustees that are not “interested persons” of the Trust) and, if required by the 1940 Act or applicable SEC rules and regulations, a vote of a majority of the Fund’s outstanding voting securities;provided, however, that, notwithstanding the foregoing, this Agreement may be amended or terminated in accordance with any exemptive order issued to the Adviser, the Trust or its affiliates. It is understood that from time to time the Allocated Portion may be zero. This Agreement does not terminate in the event that no Allocated Portion is available for theSub-Adviser.

 

 c.

Consequences of Termination. In the event of termination of this Agreement, Sections 4, 8, 9, 10, 16, and 23(b) shall survive such termination of this Agreement. Section 15 of this Agreement shall survive for a period of two (2) years following termination of this Agreement. Termination of this Agreement shall immediately and unconditionally revoke any and all powers of attorney granted to theSub-Adviser under this Agreement. Any Fees calculated in accordance with this Agreement accrued up to the date of termination and not yet paid by such date of termination shall, notwithstanding termination, be payable at the next following payment in accordance with this Agreement.

 

15.

Confidentiality.

 

 a.

Except as expressly authorized in this Agreement or as required by applicable law, regulation or court order, each party hereto and its affiliates (each, for purposes of this section, the “Recipient Party”) shall keep confidential and shall not use or disclose, except with the consent of the other party hereto (each, for purposes of this section, the “Disclosing Party”), any and allnon-public, proprietary or confidential information concerning the business of the Disclosing Parties and/or their


 affiliates or investors, or potential investors, therein obtained in connection with the services rendered under this Agreement, including, without limitation, Portfolio Information (the “Information”); provided that the Recipient Party may make such disclosure to its directors, officers, partners, employees, agents, advisors, service providers, potential financing counterparties or representatives, including legal and compliance personnel (collectively, the “Representatives”) who (i) need to know the Information in connection with this Agreement, (ii) have been informed of the confidential nature of such Information and (iii) have been advised that such Information is to be kept confidential and not used for any other purpose. Recipient Party shall be responsible for breaches of the terms of this Agreement by any of its Representatives to whom Recipient Party provided Confidential Information. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Trust and the Adviser shall be permitted to disclose Information to any third party in connection with the operation of the Fund or subject to anon-disclosure agreement, provided that such third party has been advised that such Information is to be kept confidential and the Adviser shall not identify the securities and other instruments held in the Allocated Portion as specifically attributable to the Allocated Portion or theSub-Adviser in any disclosure of such Portfolio Information (except for disclosures to Representatives). The term “Information” will not include information that (i) is or becomes publicly available other than as a result of a disclosure by the Recipient Party in violation of this section; (ii) is or becomes available to the Recipient Party or its Representatives from a source other than the Disclosing Party, which source, to the knowledge of the Recipient Party or its Representatives, does not have an obligation of confidentiality to the Disclosing Party with respect to such information; (iii) was already in the Recipient Party’s possession or the possession of its Representatives prior to receiving such information from the Disclosing Party; or (iv) is developed independently by the Recipient Party or its Representatives without use of the Information. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary provided elsewhere herein, none of the confidentiality provisions in this section shall in any way limit the activities of Adviser and its affiliates in their businesses of providing services to the Trust or other clients.

 

 b.

Portfolio Information. As used herein “Portfolio Information” means confidential and proprietary information of the Fund, the Adviser or theSub-Adviser that is received by a party hereto in connection with this Agreement, and information with regard to the portfolio holdings, investment activity and characteristics of the Fund.

 

 c.

Each of the Adviser and theSub-Adviser agrees that it shall exercise the same standard of care that it uses to protect its own confidential and proprietary information, but no less than reasonable care, to protect the confidentiality of the Information.

 

 d.

Each Recipient Party acknowledges the global nature of each Disclosing Party’s businesses and the efforts the Disclosing Parties undertake to develop, preserve and protect their Information and their business and competitive advantage and goodwill. Accordingly, each Recipient Party acknowledges and agrees that the restrictions, limitations and obligations in this section are reasonable and necessary for the protection of the legitimate business interests of the Disclosing Parties and their affiliates. Each Recipient Party also acknowledges that the Disclosing Parties would not have entered into this Agreement unless the Recipient Party agreed to such restrictions, limitations, and obligations.

 

16.

Notices.

Except as otherwise specifically provided herein, all communications under this Agreement must be in writing and will be deemed duly given and received when delivered personally, when sent by facsimile ore-mail transmission or three days after being deposited fornext-day delivery with an internationally recognized overnight international delivery service, properly addressed to the party to receive such notice at the party’s address specified herein, or at any other address that any party may designate by notice to the others.


Sub-Adviser:

Shelter Growth Capital Partners LLC

750 Washington Blvd., Suite 1050

Stamford, Connecticut 06901

Attn: Jay Strauss

Email: jstrauss@sgcp.com

Adviser:

Peter Koffler

The Blackstone Group Inc.

Blackstone Alternative Investment Advisors LLC

345 Park Avenue, 28th Floor

New York, New York 10154

Fax: (212)583-5016

with a copy (which does not constitute notice) to:

James E. Thomas

Ropes & Gray LLP

Prudential Tower

800 Boylston Street

Boston, MA 02199-3600

Fax: (617)235-0483

By Email:

BAIACompliance@blackstone.com

 

17.

Severability.

If any provision of this Agreement is held by any court to be invalid, void or unenforceable, in whole or in part, the other provisions shall remain unaffected and shall continue in full force and effect, provided that the Agreement, as so modified, continues to express, without material change, the original intent of the parties and deletion of such provision will not substantially impair the respective rights and obligations of the parties, and if any provision is inapplicable to any person or circumstance, it shall nevertheless remain applicable to all other persons and circumstances.

 

18.

Business Continuity.

TheSub-Adviser shall maintain business continuity, disaster recovery, and backup capabilities and facilities, through which theSub-Adviser will be able to perform its obligations hereunder with minimal disruptions or delays. Upon request, theSub-Adviser shall provide to the Adviser copies of its written business continuity, disaster recovery and backup plan(s) or sufficient information and written certification regarding such plans to satisfy the Adviser and Fund’s reasonable inquiries and to assist the Fund and the Chief Compliance Officer of the Fund in complying with Rule38a-1 under the 1940 Act. TheSub-Adviser represents that it tests its business continuity and disaster recovery plan(s) on at least an annual basis, and shall, at the Adviser’s request, provide the Adviser with information regarding the results of its testing.

 

19.

Personnel.

TheSub-Adviser shall perform background screening (including review of records as to violent or criminal conduct) of each employee of theSub-Adviser with material access to Information, including at the time such employee is hired by theSub-Adviser or at such times as an employee’s duties begin to include investment or oversight authority over a material portion of theSub-Adviser’s assets under management.


20.

Limitation on Consultation.

In accordance with Rule12d3-1 and Rule17a-10 under the 1940 Act and any other applicable law or regulation, theSub-Adviser is not permitted to consult with any othersub-adviser to the Fund or anysub-adviser to any other portion of the Fund or to any other investment company or investment company series for which the Adviser serves as investment adviser concerning transactions for the Fund in securities or other assets.

 

21.

Lists of Affiliated Persons.

The Adviser shall provide theSub-Adviser with a list of each entity that is both (i) an “affiliated person,” as such term is defined in the 1940 Act, of the Adviser and (ii) a broker, dealer, or entity that is engaged in the business of underwriting, or a registered investment adviser. TheSub-Adviser shall provide the Adviser with a list of each person who is an “affiliated person”, as such term is defined in the 1940 Act, of theSub-Adviser. Each of the Adviser and theSub-Adviser agrees promptly to update such list whenever the Adviser or theSub-Adviser becomes aware of any changes that should be added to or deleted from such list of affiliated persons.

 

22.

Cooperation.

TheSub-Adviser shall cooperate reasonably with the Adviser for purposes of filing any required reports, and responding to regulatory requests, with the SEC or such other regulator having appropriate jurisdiction. TheSub-Adviser will work in good faith with the Adviser and the Fund’s service providers to ensure the orderly daily operation of the Fund (including, without limitation, assisting with preparation of regulatory filings and responding to regulatory requests).

 

23.

Miscellaneous.

 

 a.

Further Actions. Each party agrees to perform such further actions and execute such further documents as are necessary to effectuate the purposes hereof.

 

 b.

Governing Law. To the extent that state law is not preempted by the provisions of any law of the United States of America, this Agreement shall be governed and construed under the laws of New York, irrespective of and without regard for any conflicts of law principles, and in accordance with the applicable provisions of the 1940 Act. Any suit, proceeding or other action seeking to enforce any provision of, or based on any matter arising out of or in connection with, this Agreement or the transactions contemplated hereby shall be brought in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. To the extent that the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York lacks jurisdiction over such suit, proceeding or other action then it shall be brought in state court situated in Delaware. The parties hereby submit and consent to the exclusive in personam jurisdiction and venue of such courts.

 

 c.

Appendices Part of Agreement. For the avoidance of doubt, it is acknowledged and agreed that the Appendices and Annexes appended hereto form a part of this Agreement. All defined terms used in this Agreement have the same meanings when used in the Appendices and Annexes hereto.

 

 d.

Captions / Headings. The captions in this Agreement are included for convenience only and in no way define or delimit any of the provisions hereof or otherwise affect their construction or effect.

 

 e.

Joint Negotiation. The parties have participated jointly in the negotiation and drafting of this Agreement. In the event an ambiguity or question of intent or interpretation arises, the parties intend that this Agreement be construed as if drafted jointly by the parties and that no presumption or burden of proof arise favoring or disfavoring any party by virtue of the authorship of any of the provisions of this Agreement.

 

 f.

Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in several counterparts, all of which together shall for all purposes constitute one agreement, binding on the parties.

[Signature page follows.]


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be executed on the dates set forth below and effective as of the day and year first above written.

BLACKSTONE ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENT ADVISORS LLC

 

By:  

Name:    

SHELTER GROWTH CAPITAL PARTNERS LLC

 

By:  

Name:    


APPENDIX A

Sub-Advisory Fee


Blackstone Alternative Multi-Strategy Fund

INVESTMENTSUB-ADVISORY AGREEMENT

AGREEMENT, effective as of April 15, 2020, between Blackstone Alternative Investment Advisors LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (the “Adviser”), and Luminus Management, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (the “Sub-Adviser”).

WHEREAS, the Adviser has entered into an Investment Advisory Agreement (the “AdvisoryAgreement”) with Blackstone Alternative Investment Funds, a Massachusetts business trust (the “Trust”), on behalf of its series, Blackstone Alternative Multi-Strategy Fund (the “Fund”), relating to the provision of portfolio management services to the Fund; and

WHEREAS, the Trust is registered as anopen-end management investment company under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”); and

WHEREAS, the Advisory Agreement provides that the Adviser may delegate any or all of its portfolio management responsibilities under the Advisory Agreement to one or moresub-investment advisers; and

WHEREAS, in selectingsub-investment advisers and entering into and amendingsub-advisory agreements, the Adviser and the Trust may rely upon an exemptive order (the “Exemptive Order”) obtained from the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), provided that the Adviser and the Trust comply with the terms and conditions set forth therein; and

WHEREAS, the Adviser and the Board of Trustees (the “Board”) of the Trust desire to retain theSub-Adviser to render portfolio management services to the Fund in the manner and on the terms set forth in this Agreement.

NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants and agreements set forth herein, the Adviser and theSub-Adviser agree as follows:

 

1.

Appointment.

 

 a.

Role ofSub-Adviser. The Adviser hereby appoints theSub-Adviser to act as an investment adviser for the Allocated Portion (as defined below) of the Fund, subject to the oversight and direction of the Adviser and the Board, for so long as this Agreement remains in effect. Without limiting the generality of the previous statement, theSub-Adviser shall manage the investment and reinvestment of the portion of the assets of the Fund allocated to it in accordance with such investment strategies and within such limitations as the Adviser and theSub-Adviser shall agree in writing from time to time (the “Strategy”). TheSub-Adviser acknowledges and agrees that the investment advisory and other services as set forth herein to be performed by theSub-Adviser will apply only to the portion of the Fund’s assets that the Adviser or the Board shall from time to time designate, which may consist of all or a portion of the Fund’s assets (the “Allocated Portion”). TheSub-Adviser may provide the investment advisory and other services with respect to the Allocated Portion to the Fund and/or a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Fund: Blackstone Alternative Multi-Strategy Sub Fund II Ltd., Blackstone Alternative Multi-Strategy Sub Fund III LLC, and/or Blackstone Alternative Multi-Strategy Sub Fund IV LLC. As context requires, references to the “Fund” include Blackstone Alternative Multi-Strategy Sub Fund II Ltd.; Blackstone Alternative Multi-Strategy Sub Fund III LLC, and/or Blackstone Alternative Multi-Strategy Sub Fund IV LLC. TheSub-Adviser hereby accepts such appointment and agrees during such period, subject to the oversight of the Board and the Adviser, to render the services and to assume the obligations herein set forth for the compensation stated in Section 5 hereof. TheSub-Adviser shall for all purposes herein be deemed to be an independent contractor and shall, except as expressly provided or authorized (whether herein or otherwise), have no authority or obligation to act for or represent the Adviser, the Trust, or the Fund in any way.


 b.

Limitations ofSub-Adviser’s Responsibility. Except as expressly set forth in this Agreement, theSub-Adviser shall not be responsible for any aspects of the Fund’s investment program other than the management of the Allocated Portion in accordance with the Strategy.

 

 c.

Sub-Advisory Arrangement Not Exclusive for Fund. It is acknowledged and agreed that the Adviser may appoint from time to time othersub-advisers in addition to theSub-Adviser to manage the assets of the Fund that do not constitute the Allocated Portion and nothing in this Agreement shall be construed or interpreted to grant theSub-Adviser an exclusive arrangement to act as the solesub-adviser to the Fund. It is further acknowledged and agreed that the Adviser makes no commitment to designate any portion of the Fund’s assets to theSub-Adviser as the Allocated Portion.

 

 d.

Sub-Advisory Arrangement Not Exclusive forSub-Adviser. The Adviser recognizes that theSub-Adviser and its principals, affiliates, officers and employees have investments of their own and are acting as investment managers,sub-advisers or general partners for other clients. The Adviser also recognizes that theSub-Adviser may be or become associated with other investment entities and engage in investment management for others. Except to the extent necessary to perform theSub-Adviser’s obligations hereunder or as otherwise agreed to in writing by the parties, nothing herein shall be deemed to limit or restrict the right of theSub-Adviser and its principals, affiliates, officers and employees to engage in, or to devote time and attention to the management of any other business, whether of a similar or dissimilar nature, or to render services of any kind to any other corporation, firm, individual or association. TheSub-Adviser may give advice or take action with respect to its other clients that differs from, or conflicts with, the advice given to the Adviser or the Fund with respect to the Allocated Portion.

 

2.

Sub-Adviser Duties.

TheSub-Adviser is hereby granted (subject to the limitations set forth herein) the following authority and undertakes to provide the following services and to assume the following obligations:

 

 a.

Supervision; Adviser Retains Certain Authority. In furnishing the services hereunder, theSub-Adviser will be subject to the supervision of the Adviser and the Board to the extent necessary to comply with the terms of the Exemptive Order and applicable law. Upon written notice to theSub-Adviser, the Adviser retains complete authority, to the extent permitted under the Advisory Agreement, to immediately assume direct responsibility for any function delegated to theSub-Adviser under this Agreement.

 

 b.

Continuous Investment Program. TheSub-Adviser shall formulate and implement a continuous investment program for the Allocated Portion in accordance with the Strategy, including determining what portion of such assets will be invested or held uninvested in cash or cash equivalents. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, theSub-Adviser is authorized to: (i) make investment decisions for the Fund in respect of the Allocated Portion, including decisions for the investment and reinvestment of the assets (including cash and cash-equivalent assets) held in the Allocated Portion; (ii) place purchase and sale orders for portfolio transactions in respect of the Allocated Portion and manage otherwise uninvested cash or cash equivalent assets of the Allocated Portion; (iii) use financial derivative instruments and any portfolio management techniques and instruments as may in the reasonable opinion of theSub-Adviser be necessary in order to implement the Strategy; and (iv) subject to Section 2(d) below, execute account documentation, agreements, contracts, and other documents as may be requested by brokers, dealers, counterparties, and other persons in connection with theSub-Adviser’s management of the Allocated Portion (in such respect, and only for this limited purpose, theSub-Adviser will, as necessary to effect such documentation, agreements, contracts and other documents, act as the Adviser’s and the Fund’s agent andattorney-in-fact).


 c.

Management in Accordance with Fund Governing Documents and Procedures. TheSub-Adviser will manage the Allocated Portion subject to and in accordance with:

 

 i.

the Strategy;

 

 ii.

the investment policies and restrictions of the Fund set forth in the Fund’s Agreement and Declaration of Trust, as amended,By-Laws and the Fund’s registration statement (as from time to time amended, supplemented, and in effect, the “Registration Statement”) (collectively, the “Governing Documents”), in each case to the extent applicable to the Allocated Portion and previously notified in writing to theSub-Adviser;

 

 iii.

the requirements applicable to registered investment companies under applicable laws, including without limitation the 1940 Act and the rules and regulations thereunder and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to qualification as a “regulated investment company”; and

 

 iv.

any service level agreement that may be agreed between the parties from time to time; and any reasonable written instructions reasonably consistent with the Strategy which the Adviser or the Board may provide to theSub-Adviser from time to time and which are not inconsistent with the Governing Documents and the Procedures (defined below), as determined by the Adviser. The Adviser acknowledges that theSub-Adviser shall rely completely upon the Adviser’s determination of whether and to what extent the Fund overall (i.e., the Allocated Portion together with all other assets of the Fund) is in compliance with Subchapter M of the Code and the requirements of the 1940 Act, and that theSub-Adviser has no separate and independent responsibility to test the Fund overall for any such compliance. For the avoidance of doubt and except as otherwise agreed in writing, in managing the Allocated Portion as set forth above, theSub-Adviser shall have no responsibility whatsoever with respect to any assets of the Fund outside of the Allocated Portion.

 

 d.

TheSub-Adviser also agrees to conduct its activities hereunder in accordance with any applicable procedures or policies adopted by the Board with respect to the Allocated Portion as from time to time in effect and communicated in writing to theSub-Adviser (the “Procedures”). The Adviser has provided to theSub-Adviser copies of all current Governing Documents and current Procedures and shall promptly provide to theSub-Adviser any amendments or supplements thereto. The Adviser will provide reasonable notice to theSub-Adviser of any relevant changes to the Governing Documents or the Procedures. The Adviser shall promptly furnish theSub-Adviser with such additional information as may be reasonably necessary for or reasonably requested by theSub-Adviser to perform its responsibilities pursuant to this Agreement or as theSub-Adviser may otherwise reasonably request.

 

 e.

Fund Counterparties. Subject to theSub-Adviser’s duty to seek best execution in accordance with its compliance policies and procedures adopted pursuant to Rule206(4)-7 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (the “Advisers Act”) (the “Sub-Adviser Procedures”), and subject to applicable law, including restrictions under the 1940 Act with respect to transactions with affiliates, theSub-Adviser will utilize counterparties and/or clearing members for prime brokerage, futures clearing, listed and OTC options and swap services, ISDA services, and other transactions in financial derivative instruments under agreements set up by, and in the name of, the Adviser or the Fund. The Sub-Adviser will provide reasonable assistance to the Adviser in negotiating trading terms and other arrangements with counterparties and/or clearing members upon reasonable request. In effecting transactions for the Allocated Portion, theSub-Adviser will utilize broker-dealers and swap execution facilities, if applicable, for trade execution selected by theSub-Adviser, and accounts set up by theSub-Adviser with such broker-dealers and swap execution facilities. The Adviser will be responsible for managing any collateral and margin requirements associated with investments made for the Allocated Portion (where applicable), including providing instructions to


 the Custodian (as defined herein) and will performin-house reconciliation procedures on such accounts.

 

 f.

Reports. TheSub-Adviser shall render such reports to the Board and the Adviser as they may reasonably request concerning the investment activities of theSub-Adviser with respect to the Allocated Portion. On each business day, theSub-Adviser shall provide reports (to which the Adviser will have access) to the Fund’s administrator (the “Administrator”) regarding (i) the securities or other instruments, including, without limitation, cash and cash equivalents, held in the Allocated Portion; and (ii) the securities or other instruments purchased and sold for the Allocated Portion by theSub-Adviser on such business day. TheSub-Adviser also shall provide such additional information to the Adviser or the Administrator regarding theSub-Adviser’s implementation of the Strategy as the Adviser or Administrator may reasonably request in such format as the Adviser or Administrator may request.

 

 g.

Proxy Voting. The parties hereby agree that theSub-Adviser shall assume responsibility for voting proxies and making all other voting and consent determinations with respect to the issuers of securities and other instruments held in the Allocated Portion in accordance with theSub-Adviser’s then-existing proxy voting policies and procedures (a copy of which has been provided by theSub-Adviser to the Adviser); provided that theSub-Adviser’s proxy voting policies and procedures for the Allocated Portion are not inconsistent with the proxy voting policies and procedures adopted by the Fund and provided to theSub-Adviser from time to time.Sub-Adviser will be provided access to materials relating to such proxies in a timely fashion by the Fund’s custodian, the Administrator or another party. Promptly upon the written request of the Adviser, theSub-Adviser shall provide disclosure regarding its proxy voting policies and procedures in accordance with the requirements of FormN-1A for inclusion in the Registration Statement of the Trust. To the extent that theSub-Adviser votes proxies for the Fund, theSub-Adviser shall report to the Adviser in a timely manner a record of all proxies voted, in such form and format that permits the Fund to comply with the requirements of FormN-PX with respect to the Allocated Portion. During any annual period in which theSub-Adviser has voted proxies for the Fund, theSub-Adviser shall, as may reasonably be requested by the Adviser, certify as to its compliance with its proxy voting policies and procedures and applicable federal statutes and regulations.

 

 h.

Filing Claims. The parties hereby agree that theSub-Adviser shall not be responsible for the filing of claims (or otherwise causing the Fund to participate) in class action litigation, settlements, bankruptcy proceedings, or similar proceedings in which shareholders may participate related to securities currently or previously associated with the Allocated Portion. Notwithstanding the foregoing, at theSub-Adviser’s reasonable request,Sub-Adviser may assume responsibility for the filing of claims (or otherwise causing the Fund, with respect to the Allocated Portion only, to participate) in class action litigation, settlements, bankruptcy proceedings, or similar proceedings related to securities currently or previously associated with the Allocated Portion.

 

 i.

Sub-Adviser’s Management and Monitoring of the Allocated Portion. TheSub-Adviser shall be responsible for daily monitoring of the investment activities and portfolio holdings associated with the Allocated Portion according to a monitoring system that is reasonably designed to ensure compliance with the Strategy, relevant Governing Documents and Procedures, and applicable law. The Adviser or the Trust on behalf of the Fund, as applicable, shall cooperate with and provide to theSub-Adviser all information and documentation that the parties may mutually agree are necessary and appropriate for theSub-Adviser to fulfill its obligations under this Agreement. TheSub-Adviser shall act on any reasonable instructions of the Adviser with respect to the services provided by theSub-Adviser hereunder with respect to the Allocated Portion to facilitate the Fund’s compliance with the Governing Documents, Procedures, and applicable law, in each case to the extent pertaining to the Allocated Portion.

 

 j.

Daily Transmission of Information to Custodian. In connection with any purchase and sale of securities or other instruments for the Allocated Portion, theSub-Adviser will arrange for the


 transmission to the custodian for the Fund (the “Custodian”) on a daily basis such confirmation, trade tickets, and other documents and information, including, but not limited to, CUSIP, Sedol, or other numbers that identify the securities or other instruments to be purchased or sold on behalf of the Fund, as may be reasonably necessary to enable the Custodian to perform its custodial, administrative, and recordkeeping responsibilities with respect to the Fund. Copies of such confirmations, trade tickets, and other documents and information shall be provided concurrently to the Administrator. With respect to securities or other instruments to be settled through the Fund’s Custodian, theSub-Adviser will arrange for the prompt transmission of the confirmation of such trades to the Custodian. The parties acknowledge that theSub-Adviser is not a custodian of the Fund’s assets and will not take possession or custody of such assets.

 

 k.

Assistance with Valuation. TheSub-Adviser will provide reasonable assistance to the Adviser, the Custodian, the Administrator or another similar party designated by the Adviser in assessing the fair value of securities or other instruments held in the Allocated Portion for which market quotations are not readily available or for which the Adviser or the Board has otherwise determined to fair value such portfolio holdings.

 

 l.

Provision of Information and Certifications. TheSub-Adviser shall timely provide to the Adviser and the Trust, on behalf of the Fund, all information and documentation they may reasonably request as necessary or appropriate in order for the Adviser and the Board to oversee the activities of theSub-Adviser and to comply with the requirements of the Governing Documents, the Procedures, and any applicable law, including, without limitation, (i) information and commentary relating to theSub-Adviser or the Allocated Portion for the Fund’s annual and semi-annual reports, in a format reasonably approved by the Adviser, together with (A) a certification that, to the best ofSub-Adviser’s knowledge, such information and commentary accurately describe the factors thatSub-Adviser reasonably believes materially affected the performance of the Fund with respect to the Allocated Portion, including the relevant market conditions and the investment techniques and strategies used and (B) additional certifications related to theSub-Adviser’s management of the Allocated Portion in order to support the Fund’s filings on FormN-CSR, FormN-Q and other applicable forms, and the Fund’s Principal Executive Officer’s and Principal Financial Officer’s certifications under Rule30a-2 under the 1940 Act, thereon; (ii) within 5 business days of aquarter-end, a quarterly certification with respect to compliance and operational matters related to theSub-Adviser and theSub-Adviser’s management of the Allocated Portion (including, without limitation, compliance with the Procedures), in a format reasonably requested by the Adviser, as it may be amended from time to time; and (iii) an annual certification from theSub-Adviser’s Chief Compliance Officer, appointed under Rule206(4)-7 under the Advisers Act, with respect to the design and operation of theSub-Adviser’s compliance program, in a form reasonably requested by the Adviser and provided to theSub-Adviser.

 

 m.

Code of Ethics. TheSub-Adviser will maintain a written code of ethics (the “Code of Ethics”) that complies with the requirements of Rule17j-1 under the 1940 Act (“Rule17j-1”), a copy of which will be provided to the Adviser and the Fund, and will institute procedures reasonably necessary to prevent any Access Person (as defined in Rule17j-1) from violating its Code of Ethics. TheSub-Adviser also will certify quarterly and annually to the Trust on behalf of the Fund and the Adviser that it and its “Advisory Persons” (as defined in Rule17j-1) have complied materially with the requirements of Rule17j-1 during the previous quarter or, if not, explain what theSub-Adviser has done to seek to ensure such compliance in the future. Further, theSub-Adviser will provide reasonable assistance to the Trust and the Adviser in connection with the Trust’s compliance with the requirements of Rule17j-1 and Rule38a-1. TheSub-Adviser shall notify the Adviser promptly upon becoming aware of any material violation of the Code of Ethics involving the Fund. Upon request of the Board or the Chief Compliance Officer on behalf of the Fund or the Adviser with respect to violations of the Code of Ethics directly affecting the Fund, theSub-Adviser will permit representatives of the Trust or the Adviser to examine reports (or summaries of the reports) required to be made by Rule17j-1 relating to enforcement of the Code of Ethics. Subject to applicable law,


 theSub-Adviser will provide such additional information regarding such violations of the Code of Ethics involving the Fund as the Board or the Chief Compliance Officer on behalf of the Fund or the Adviser may reasonably request in order to assess the functioning of the Code of Ethics or any harm caused to the Fund from a violation of the Code of Ethics. Further, theSub-Adviser represents and warrants that it has policies and procedures regarding the detection and prevention of the misuse of material, nonpublic information by theSub-Adviser and its employees.

 

 n.

Sub-Adviser Review of Materials. Upon the Adviser’s reasonable request, theSub-Adviser shall review and comment upon selected portions, in each case relating to theSub-Adviser and/or the Strategy (limited to the Allocated Portion), of the Registration Statement, other offering documents and ancillary sales and marketing materials prepared by the Adviser for the Fund with respect to theSub-Adviser’s provision of the services under this Agreement or the Strategy or performance with respect to the Allocated Portion, and shall participate, at the reasonable request and sole expense of the Adviser, in educational meetings with placement agents and other intermediaries about portfolio management and investment-related matters with respect to the Allocated Portion. The Sub-Adviser will promptly inform the Adviser upon becoming aware that any information in the Registration Statement relating to theSub-Adviser or the Strategy is (or will become) inaccurate or incomplete.

 

 o.

Regulatory Communications and Notices. TheSub-Adviser shall promptly notify the Adviser regarding any material inspections, inquiries or investigations from any governmental, administrative or self-regulatory agency (including without limitation, any deficiency letter or similar communication) relating to (i) theSub-Adviser’s management of the Allocated Portion or (ii) matters that could reasonably be viewed as material to theSub-Adviser’s ability to provide services to the Fund. To the extent that such inspections, notices, or inquiries relate to theSub-Adviser’s management of the Allocated Portion, theSub-Adviser shall make available the relevant documents (or relevant portions of the documents) for inspection by the Adviser in accordance with Section 4(a), unless, in the opinion of theSub-Adviser’s counsel, theSub-Adviser would be legally prohibited from doing so. Notwithstanding the foregoing, theSub-Adviser shall not be required to provide the Adviser notice of any routine exams or sweep exams conducted by any governmental, administrative or self-regulatory agency unless such exams (i) relate to theSub-Adviser’s management of the Allocated Portion or (ii) involve matters that could reasonably be viewed as materially prejudicial to theSub-Adviser’s ability to manage the Allocated Portion.

 

 p.

Notice of Material Actions / Change in Control. TheSub-Adviser will keep the Trust and the Adviser informed of developments relating to its duties asSub-Adviser hereunder that theSub-Adviser reasonably believes would have a material adverse effect on the Fund. TheSub-Adviser will promptly notify the Adviser in writing of the occurrence of any of the following events (i) it is served or otherwise receives notice of, or is threatened with, any material action, suit, proceeding, inquiry or investigation, at law or in equity, before or by any court, governmental, administrative or self-regulatory agency, (A) involving the affairs of the Fund or (B) that may reasonably be expected to materially affect the investment management business of theSub-Adviser and (ii) any change in the partners of theSub-Adviser or in the actual control or management of theSub-Adviser or change in the portfolio manager(s) primarily responsible for theday-to-day management of the Allocated Portion.

 

3.

Broker-Dealer Selection.

Subject to applicable law, including restrictions under the 1940 Act with respect to transactions with affiliates and in accordance with applicable policies and procedures of theSub-Adviser, as approved by the Board (the “Sub-Adviser Procedures”), theSub-Adviser shall, in the name of the Fund, place orders for the execution of portfolio transactions for the Allocated Portion, when applicable, with or through such brokers, dealers or other financial institutions selected in accordance with Section 2(e) hereof. Subject to the foregoing, theSub-Adviser shall use its reasonable best efforts to obtain best execution on all portfolio transactions executed in respect of the Allocated Portion. TheSub-Adviser may, to the extent permissible by


Section 28(e) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), and consistent with applicableSub-Adviser Procedures, consider, among other things, the financial responsibility, research and investment information, and other services provided by broker-dealers who may effect or be a party to any such transaction or to other transactions to which other clients of theSub-Adviser may be a party.

On occasions when theSub-Adviser deems the purchase or sale of a security to be in the best interest of the Fund as well as other clients of theSub-Adviser, theSub-Adviser may, in accordance with applicable law and any relevantSub-Adviser Procedures, aggregate the securities to be so purchased or sold with other orders for other clients of theSub-Adviser in order to obtain best execution. In such event, allocation of the securities so purchased or sold, as well as of the fees and expenses incurred in the transaction, will be made by theSub-Adviser consistent with theSub-Adviser Procedures and in the manner it considers to be equitable and consistent with its fiduciary obligations to the Fund (with respect to the Allocated Portion only) and to such other clients.

On an ongoing basis, at such times as the Adviser or the Board shall request, theSub-Adviser will provide a written report to the Adviser and the Board, in a form reasonably agreed between theSub-Adviser and the Adviser, summarizing (i) the brokerage details with respect to transactions executed by theSub-Adviser for the Allocated Portion and (ii) the “soft dollar” arrangements that theSub-Adviser maintains with respect to the Allocated Portion with brokers or dealers that execute transactions for the Allocated Portion, and of all research and other services provided to theSub-Adviser by a broker or dealer (whether prepared by such broker or dealer or by a third party) as a result, in whole or in part, of the direction of Fund transactions for the Allocated Portion to the broker or dealer.

 

4.

Books and Records; Periodic Reports.

 

 a.

Maintenance Requirements. TheSub-Adviser shall maintain such books and records with respect to the Allocated Portion as are required by law, including, without limitation, the 1940 Act (including, without limitation, the investment records and ledgers required by Rule31a-1) and the Advisers Act, and the rules and regulations thereunder (the “Fund’s Books and Records”). TheSub-Adviser agrees that the Fund’s Books and Records are the Fund’s property and further agrees to surrender promptly to the Trust or the Adviser the Fund’s Books and Records upon the request of the Board or the Adviser;provided, however, that theSub-Adviser may retain copies of the Fund’s Books and Records at its own cost. TheSub-Adviser shall make the Fund’s Books and Records available for inspection and use by the SEC and other regulatory authorities having authority over the Fund, the Trust, the Adviser, or any person retained by the Board at reasonable times and with reasonable advance notice. Where applicable, the Fund’s Books and Records shall be maintained by theSub-Adviser for the periods and in the places required by Rule31a-2 under the 1940 Act. In the event of the termination of this Agreement, the Fund’s Books and Records will be returned to the Trust or the Adviser. The Adviser and Fund’s Chief Compliance Officer shall, at reasonable times and upon reasonable advance notice, be provided with access to theSub-Adviser’s documentation and records relating to the Fund and copies of such documentation and records.

 

 b.

Periodic Reports. TheSub-Adviser shall (i) render to the Board such periodic and special reports as the Board or the Adviser may reasonably request and as theSub-Adviser may reasonably agree in order to facilitate compliance with the requirements of the Governing Documents, Procedures and applicable law; and (ii) meet with representatives of the Adviser or the Board, as applicable, at the reasonable request of the Adviser or the Board, for the purpose of reviewing theSub-Adviser’s compliance with this Agreement at reasonable times and upon reasonable advance notice.

 

5.

Compensation of theSub-Adviser.

The Adviser will pay theSub-Adviser for its services with respect to the Fund the compensation specified inAppendix A to this Agreement.


6.

Allocation of Charges and Expenses.

TheSub-Adviser shall bear its expenses of providing services pursuant to this Agreement, including, without limitation, theSub-Adviser’s own customary operating and overhead expenses attributable to its duties hereunder. It is understood that, pursuant to the Advisory Agreement, the Fund will pay all expenses other than those expressly stated to be payable by theSub-Adviser hereunder or by the Adviser under the Advisory Agreement, which such expenses payable by the Fund shall include, without limitation, those set forth in Section 4 of the Advisory Agreement.

 

7.

Standard of Care; Breach.

 

 a.

Standard of Care. TheSub-Adviser will act in good faith and use reasonable care and act in a manner consistent with applicable federal and state laws and regulations in rendering the services it has agreed to provide under this Agreement.

 

 b.

Notification, Curing Breach. TheSub-Adviser will notify the Adviser as soon as reasonably practicable upon detection of any material breach by theSub-Adviser of the 1940 Act, the Governing Documents, the Procedures or this Agreement. The Adviser will notify theSub-Adviser as soon as reasonably practicable upon detection of any material breach by the Adviser of the 1940 Act, the Governing Documents or the Procedures (to the extent that such breach would have a material adverse effect on the Allocated Portion).

Each party shall use reasonable best efforts to cooperate with the other party in curing any regulatory or compliance breaches or breaches of this Agreement as promptly as possible.

 

 c.

No Representation Regarding Investment Performance. TheSub-Adviser makes no representation or warranty that any level of investment performance or level of investment results will be achieved.

 

8.

Use of Names and Track Record.

 

 a.

Adviser’s and Fund’s Use ofSub-Adviser Name. The Adviser and the Fund shall have a limited, royalty-free license to use the name of theSub-Adviser, including any short-form of such name, or any combination or derivation thereof, for the purpose of identifying theSub-Adviser as asub-adviser to the Fund. TheSub-Adviser acknowledges and agrees that the Adviser, the Fund and the Fund’s selling agents will use such names in marketing the Fund to current and prospective investors. The license granted herein shall cease, and the Adviser and the Fund shall cease to use the name of theSub-Adviser in any newly-printed orto-be-distributed materials (except as may, in the sole discretion of the Adviser, be reasonably necessary to comply with applicable law) promptly upon termination of this Agreement. During the term of this Agreement, theSub-Adviser shall have the right, upon reasonable request and at its own expense, to review all sales and other marketing materials utilizing the name of theSub-Adviser and any combination or derivation thereof, provided, however, that if theSub-Adviser fails to comment in writing (including viae-mail) by the end of the fifth (5th) business day after delivery of such materials, theSub-Adviser will be deemed to have granted consent on the end of the fifth (5th) business day following delivery of such materials to theSub-Adviser for approval.

 

 b.

Restrictions on Use of Adviser’s Name. TheSub-Adviser shall not use the name of the Trust, the Fund, the Adviser, “Blackstone Alternative Asset Management L.P.” or “Blackstone” (or any combination or derivation thereof) in any material relating to theSub-Adviser in any manner not approved prior thereto in writing by the Adviser (other than inclusions of such entities in lists of theSub-Adviser’s clients); provided, however, that theSub-Adviser may (i) name the Trust, the Fund, the Adviser and/or Blackstone Alternative Asset Management L.P. or Blackstone in accordance with its obligations to make filings pursuant to applicable law and (ii) include statements regarding this Agreement in its marketing materials consistent with the disclosures made by the Adviser and the Fund in their public filings and marketing materials.


 c.

Non-Disparagement. Each of the Adviser and theSub-Adviser represents and warrants that it will not make, or cause or allow any of its affiliates to make, any oral or written statement to any third party that disparages, defames, or reflects adversely upon the Trust, the Fund, the Adviser or theSub-Adviser, as applicable. For the avoidance of doubt, nothing in this Agreement shall restrict the Adviser, its affiliates, the Trust, or the Fund from making purely factual statements in required disclosures (including shareholder report discussions or Fund performance), in reports to the Trust’s Board of Trustees, or in response to regulatory inquiries.

 

 d.

Sub-Adviser’s Use of Track-Record. TheSub-Adviser may use performance data it generates in connection with the Fund for its track record in theSub-Adviser’s marketing materials,provided that the Fund is not specifically identified by name without approval in writing by the Adviser; and provided further, that theSub-Adviser may use such performance data and identify the Fund in a manner consistent with the disclosures made by the Adviser and the Fund in their public filings and marketing materials.

 

9.

Liability and Indemnification.

 

 a.

Absent theSub-Adviser’s breach of this Agreement or the willful misconduct, bad faith, gross negligence, or reckless disregard of its obligations or duties hereunder on the part of theSub-Adviser, or its officers, directors, partners, agents, employees and controlling persons, theSub-Adviser shall not be liable for any act or omission in the course of, or connected with, rendering services hereunder or for any losses that may be sustained in the purchase, holding or sale of any investment;provided, however, that the obligations of theSub-Adviser with respect to a “Trade Error” or “Compliance Error” (as defined in the Procedures, as the same may be amended from time to time) shall be as set forth in the Procedures. Prior to effecting any material change to the definitions in the Procedures of Trade Error or Compliance Error (or to any associated obligations or liabilities of theSub-Adviser), the Adviser agrees to provide written notice to theSub-Adviser at least 35 days prior to the material change becoming effective with respect to the Allocated Portion unless, in the reasonable discretion of the Adviser, such change must become effective earlier due to any applicable law, rule, regulation or court order. It is acknowledged and agreed that any Trade Error or Compliance Error that results in a gain to the Fund shall inure to the benefit of the Fund. For the avoidance of doubt, it is acknowledged and agreed that the Fund is a third party beneficiary of the indemnity granted in this Section 9(a) and Section 9(c) below, and the indemnity is intended to cover claims by the Fund, the Trust (on behalf of the Fund), or the Adviser against theSub-Adviser for recovery pursuant to this section.

 

 b.

TheSub-Adviser acknowledges that it has received notice of and accepts the limitations upon the Fund’s liability set forth in its Agreement and Declaration of Trust, as amended. TheSub-Adviser agrees that any of the Fund’s obligations shall be limited to the assets of the Fund and that theSub-Adviser shall not seek satisfaction of any such obligation from the shareholders of the Fund nor from any other series of the Trust or any Trustees or officer, employee, or agent of the Fund or other series of the Trust.

 

 c.

TheSub-Adviser shall indemnify the Fund and the Adviser and each of their respective trustees, members, officers, employees, and shareholders, and each person, if any, who controls the Fund or the Adviser within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act, against, and hold them harmless from, any and all losses, claims, damages, liabilities, costs, and expenses (including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys’ and accountants’ fees and disbursements) (collectively, “Losses”) asserted by any third party in so far as such Losses (or actions with respect thereto) arise out of or are based upon (i) any actual material misstatement or omission in the Fund’s Registration Statement, any proxy statement, or communication to current or prospective investors in the Fund relating to disclosure provided to the Adviser or the Fund by theSub-Adviser for inclusion in such documents; or (ii) the bad faith, willful misconduct or gross negligence by theSub-Adviser in the performance of its duties under this Agreement or reckless disregard of its obligations or duties


 hereunder. For the avoidance of doubt, it is acknowledged and agreed that the indemnity in this Section 9(c) shall not operate to limit in any way the indemnification granted by theSub-Adviser to the Adviser, the Fund, or the Trust (on behalf of the Fund) in Section 9(a) above.

 

 d.

The Adviser shall indemnify theSub-Adviser and each of its partners/members, officers, employees and shareholders, and each person, if any, who controls theSub-Adviser within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act, against, and hold them harmless from, any and all Losses asserted by any third party in so far as such Losses (or actions with respect thereto) arise out of or are based upon (i) any actual material misstatement or omission in the Fund’s Registration Statement, any proxy statement, or communication to current or prospective investors in the Fund (other than a misstatement or omission relating to disclosure provided to the Adviser or the Fund by theSub-Adviser for inclusion in such documents); (ii) any action or inaction by theSub-Adviser that theSub-Adviser has taken or refrained from taking, as applicable, in good faith pursuant to and consistent with the Adviser’s written instructions to theSub-Adviser (including actions taken or refrained from in order to comply with the Procedures and the Governing Documents); or (iii) the bad faith, willful misconduct, or gross negligence by the Adviser in the performance of its duties under this Agreement or reckless disregard of its obligations or duties hereunder.

 

 e.

Promptly after receipt of notice of any action, arbitration, claim, demand, dispute, investigation, lawsuit, or other proceeding (each a “Proceeding”) by a party seeking to be indemnified under Section 9(c) or 9(d) (the “Indemnified Party”), the Indemnified Party will, if a claim in respect thereof is to be made against a party against whom indemnification is sought under Section 9(c) or 9(d) (the “Indemnifying Party”) notify the Indemnifying Party in writing of the commencement of such Proceeding; provided that, the failure to so notify the Indemnifying Party shall not relieve the Indemnifying Party from any indemnification liability which it may have to the Indemnified Party. No Indemnifying Party shall be liable under this section for any settlement of any Proceeding entered into without its consent (not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed) with respect to which indemnity may be sought hereunder.

 

 f.

The rights of indemnification provided in this section shall not be exclusive of or affect any other rights to which any person may be entitled by contract or otherwise by law.

 

10.

Sub-Adviser Insurance.

TheSub-Adviser agrees that it will maintain at its own expense an errors and omissions insurance policy with respect to theSub-Adviser in a commercially reasonable amount based upon the amount of assets managed by theSub-Adviser and commercial general liability insurance in a commercially reasonable amount The foregoing policies shall be issued by insurance companies that maintain an A.M. Best rating ofA- or higher, or are otherwise acceptable to the Adviser in its reasonable discretion. Any and all deductibles specified in the above-referenced insurance policies shall be assumed by theSub-Adviser.

 

11.

Custodian.

 

 a.

The Fund’s assets shall be maintained in the custody of its Custodian. Any assets added to the Fund shall be delivered directly to the Fund’s Custodian, and theSub-Adviser shall have no liability for the acts or omissions of any such Custodian.

 

12.

Representations of theSub-Adviser.

TheSub-Adviser represents, warrants and further covenants as follows:

 

 a.

Duly Organized / Good Standing. It is duly organized, validly existing, and in good standing under the laws of the jurisdiction of its organization, and is qualified to do business in each jurisdiction in which failure to be so qualified would reasonably be expected to have a material adverse effect upon it.


 b.

Authority. The execution, delivery and performance by theSub-Adviser of this Agreement are within theSub-Adviser’s powers and have been duly authorized by all necessary action, and no action by or in respect of, or filing with, any governmental body, agency or official is required on the part of theSub-Adviser for the execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement, and the execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement by theSub-Adviser does not contravene or constitute a default under (i) any provision of applicable law, rule or regulation applicable to theSub-Adviser, (ii) theSub-Adviser’s governing instruments, or (iii) any agreement, judgment, injunction, order, decree or other instruments binding upon theSub-Adviser. Any individuals whose signatures are affixed to this Agreement on behalf of theSub-Adviser have full authority and power to execute this Agreement on behalf of theSub-Adviser.

 

 c.

Enforceable Agreement. This Agreement is enforceable against theSub-Adviser in accordance with its terms, subject as to enforcement to bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, arrangement, moratorium, and other similar laws of general applicability relating to or affecting creditors’ rights and to general equity principles.

 

 d.

Registered Investment Adviser. TheSub-Adviser (i) is duly registered as an investment adviser under the Advisers Act and will continue to be so registered for so long as this Agreement remains in effect; (ii) is not prohibited by the 1940 Act or the Advisers Act from performing the services contemplated by this Agreement; (iii) has appointed a Chief Compliance Officer underRule 206(4)-7 under the Advisers Act; (iv) has adopted written policies and procedures that are reasonably designed to prevent violations of the Advisers Act from occurring, and correct promptly any violations that have occurred, and will provide notice promptly to the Adviser upon becoming aware of any material violations relating to the Allocated Portion; (v) has materially met and will seek to continue to materially meet for so long as this Agreement remains in effect, any other federal or state requirements, or the requirements of any regulatory or industry self-regulatory agency, in each case to the extent applicable to the Allocated Portion; and (vi) will promptly notify the Adviser of the occurrence of any event that would disqualify theSub-Adviser from serving as an investment adviser of a registered investment company pursuant to Section 9(a) of the 1940 Act.

 

 e.

No Material Pending Actions. To the best of its knowledge, there are no material pending, threatened, or contemplated actions, suits, proceedings, or investigations before or by any court, governmental, administrative or self-regulatory body, board of trade, exchange, or arbitration panel to which it or any of its directors, officers, employees, partners, shareholders, members or principals, or any of its affiliates is a party or to which it or its affiliates or any of its or its affiliates’ assets are subject, nor has it or any of its affiliates received any notice of an investigation, inquiry, or dispute by any court, governmental, administrative, or self-regulatory body, board of trade, exchange, or arbitration panel regarding any of its or their respective activities which, if adversely determined, would result in a material adverse effect on the Fund, a material adverse change in theSub-Adviser’s financial or business prospects, or which, if adversely determined, would materially impair theSub-Adviser’s ability to discharge its obligations under this Agreement.

 

 f.

Licenses and Registrations. It has all governmental, regulatory, self-regulatory, and exchange licenses, registrations, memberships, and approvals required to act as asub-investment adviser with respect to the Allocated Portion pursuant to this Agreement and it will obtain and maintain any such required licenses, registrations, memberships, and approvals.

 

 g.

ADV. It has provided the Adviser with a copy of its Form ADV and will, promptly after making any amendment to its Form ADV, furnish a copy of such amendment to the Adviser.

 

 h.

Change in Portfolio Management Personnel. TheSub-Adviser shall promptly notify the Adviser of any changes in its executive officers, as well as, (i) any change in the portfolio manager(s) responsible for the Allocated Portion, (ii) if either Jonathan Barrett, Adam Weitzman or Derek Rogers shall cease to be employed by theSub-Adviser or to oversee the implementation by the


 Sub-Adviser of the Strategy, or (iii) if there is a “change in control” of theSub-Adviser within the meaning of Section 205(a)(2) of the Advisers Act.

 

 i.

No Untrue Statements or Omissions. The information provided by theSub-Adviser to the Adviser in writing shall not, to the knowledge of theSub-Adviser, contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the information not misleading.

 

 j.

Section 13 Filings. For purposes of Section 13(f) of the Exchange Act, and Rule13f-1 thereunder, theSub-Adviser shall be deemed to exercise investment discretion over any “Section 13(f) securities” (as defined in Rule13f-1(c) under the Exchange Act) held or previously held in the Allocated Portion, and shall include information regarding such securities in its reports filed on Form 13F. For purposes of Section 13(d) and 13(g) of the Exchange Act, theSub-Adviser shall be deemed the “beneficial owner” of any equity security held or previously held in the Allocated Portion, and shall include information regarding such securities, as required, in its “beneficial ownership reports” filed on Schedules 13D or 13G. For the avoidance of doubt, nothing contained in this Section 12(j) shall be understood as a representation by theSub-Adviser that it is the owner (or beneficial owner) of these securities for purposes other than those referenced herein.

 

 k.

Ongoing Representations and Warranties. If, at any time during the term of this Agreement, theSub-Adviser discovers any fact or omission, or any event or change of circumstances has occurred, which would make any of its representations and warranties in this Agreement inaccurate or incomplete in any material respect, theSub-Adviser will provide prompt written notification to the Adviser of such fact, omission, event, or change of circumstance, and the facts related thereto. TheSub-Adviser agrees that it will provide prompt notice to the Adviser in the event that: (i) theSub-Adviser makes an assignment for the benefit of creditors, files a voluntary petition in bankruptcy, or is otherwise adjudged bankrupt or insolvent by a court of competent jurisdiction; or (ii) a material event occurs with respect to theSub-Adviser’s investment advisory business that could reasonably be expected to adversely impact theSub-Adviser’s ability to perform its duties under this Agreement.

 

13.

Representations of the Adviser.

The Adviser represents, warrants and further covenants as follows:

 

 a.

Duly Organized / Good Standing. It is duly organized, validly existing, and in good standing as a limited liability company under the laws of the State of Delaware, and is qualified to do business in each jurisdiction in which failure to be so qualified would reasonably be expected to have a material adverse effect upon it.

 

 b.

Authority. The execution, delivery and performance by the Adviser of this Agreement are within the Adviser’s powers and have been duly authorized by all necessary action, and no action by or in respect of, or filing with, any governmental body, agency or official is required on the part of the Adviser for the execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement, and the execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement by the Adviser does not contravene or constitute a default under (i) any provision of applicable law, rule or regulation applicable to the Adviser, (ii) the Adviser’s governing instruments, or (iii) any agreement, judgment, injunction, order, decree or other instruments binding upon the Adviser. Any individuals whose signatures are affixed to this Agreement on behalf of the Adviser have full authority and power to execute this Agreement on behalf of the Adviser.

 

 c.

Enforceable Agreement. This Agreement is enforceable against the Adviser in accordance with its terms, subject as to enforcement to bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, arrangement, moratorium, and other similar laws of general applicability relating to or affecting creditors’ rights and to general equity principles.


 d.

Registered Investment Adviser; CFTC Registration. The Adviser (i) is duly registered as an investment adviser under the Advisers Act and will continue to be so registered for so long as this Agreement and the Advisory Agreement with the Trust remain in effect, (ii) is not prohibited by the 1940 Act or the Advisers Act from performing the services contemplated by the Advisory Agreement with the Trust, (iii) has appointed a Chief Compliance Officer under Rule206(4)-7 under the Advisers Act, (iv) has adopted written policies and procedures that are reasonably designed to prevent violations of the Advisers Act from occurring and correct promptly any violations that have occurred, (v) has materially met and will seek to continue to materially meet for so long as this Agreement remains in effect, any other applicable federal or state requirements, or the applicable requirements of any regulatory or industry self-regulatory agency, and (vi) will promptly notify theSub-Adviser of the occurrence of any event that would disqualify the Adviser from serving as an investment adviser of a registered investment company pursuant to Section 9(a) of the 1940 Act. The Adviser is duly registered as a commodity pool operator and commodity trading advisor with the CFTC and is a member in good standing of the National Futures Association, and will maintain such registration and membership in good standing for so long as this Agreement remains in effect or will be exempt from such registration and membership.

 

 e.

No Material Pending Actions. To the best of its knowledge, there are no material pending, threatened, or contemplated actions, suits, proceedings, or investigations before or by any court, governmental, administrative, or self-regulatory body, board of trade, exchange, or arbitration panel to which it or any of its directors, officers, employees, partners, shareholders, members or principals, or any of its affiliates, is a party or to which it or its affiliates or any of its or its affiliates’ assets are subject, nor has it or any of its affiliates received any notice of an investigation, inquiry, or dispute by any court, governmental, administrative, or self-regulatory body, board of trade, exchange, or arbitration panel regarding any of its or their respective activities which, if adversely determined, would result in a material adverse effect on the Fund, a material adverse change in the Adviser’s financial or business prospects or which, if adversely determined, would materially impair the Adviser’s ability to discharge its obligations under this Agreement or the Advisory Agreement with the Trust.

 

 f.

Licenses and Registrations. It has all governmental, regulatory, self-regulatory and exchange licenses, registrations, memberships and approvals required to act as investment adviser to the Fund and it will obtain and maintain any such required licenses, registrations, memberships and approvals.

 

 g.

Ongoing Representations and Warranties. If, at any time during the term of this Agreement, the Adviser discovers any fact or omission, or any event or change of circumstances has occurred, which would make any of its representations and warranties in this Agreement inaccurate or incomplete in any material respect, the Adviser will provide prompt written notification to theSub-Adviser of such fact, omission, event, or change of circumstance, and the facts related thereto. The Adviser agrees that it will provide prompt notice to theSub-Adviser in the event that: (i) the Adviser makes an assignment for the benefit of creditors, files a voluntary petition in bankruptcy, or is otherwise adjudged bankrupt or insolvent by a court of competent jurisdiction; or (ii) a material event occurs that could reasonably be expected to adversely impact the Adviser’s ability to perform its duties under this Agreement.

 

14.

Renewal, Termination and Amendment.

 

 a.

Renewal. This Agreement shall continue in effect until two years from the effectiveness date, and thereafter for successive periods of no more than twelve (12) months each, only so long as such continuance is specifically approved at least annually (i) by a vote of the Trustees of the Trust or by vote of a majority of outstanding voting securities of the Fund and (ii) by vote of a majority of the Trustees who are not “interested persons” of the Trust (as defined in the 1940 Act) or of any person party to this Agreement, in each case in accordance with the requirements of the 1940 Act and any exemptive orders applicable to the Adviser and/or the Fund.


 b.

Termination. This Agreement may be terminated at any time without payment of any penalty (i) by the Board, or by a vote of a majority of the outstanding voting securities of the Fund, upon 60 days’ prior written notice to the Adviser and theSub-Adviser; (ii) by theSub-Adviser upon 60 days’ prior written notice to the Adviser and the Fund; or (iii) by the Adviser upon 61 days’ written notice to theSub-Adviser. This Agreement may also be terminated, without the payment of any penalty, by the Adviser immediately upon (A) a material breach by theSub-Adviser of this Agreement which is not promptly cured pursuant to Section 7 hereof; (B) Jonathan Barrett, Adam Weitzman or Derek Rogers ceasing to be employed by theSub-Adviser or continuing to oversee theSub-Adviser’s implementation of the Strategy; or (C) at the discretion of the Adviser, if theSub-Adviser or any executive officer, director or key portfolio manager of theSub-Adviser is accused in any regulatory, self-regulatory or judicial proceeding of violating the federal securities laws or engaging in criminal conduct constituting a felony. TheSub-Adviser may be terminated by theSub-Adviser immediately by written notice to the Adviser, without any penalty, upon (1) a change in the laws (including tax laws), rules or regulations (including rules and regulations of self-regulatory agencies with jurisdiction over the Fund, the Adviser or theSub-Adviser) (together, a “Regulatory Change”) applicable to the Fund that, in each case, in theSub-Adviser’s good faith determination after consultation with the Adviser, could reasonably be expected to result in a material change (including, without limitation, a material increase of expense) in the manner in which the Strategy is implemented, (2) any change to the Procedures or any instruction from the Adviser, the Board, or any service provider to the Fund or the Trust, in each case that, in theSub-Adviser’s good faith reasonable discretion, would make it impracticable or unreasonable for theSub-Adviser to continue to implement the Strategy with respect to the Allocated Portion; or (3) the Adviser’s assumption of direct responsibility for any function delegated to theSub-Adviser under this Agreement, as provided in Section 2(a). This Agreement may also terminate if mutually agreed upon by both the Adviser and theSub-Adviser. This Agreement shall terminate automatically and immediately upon termination of the Advisory Agreement. This Agreement shall terminate automatically and immediately in the event of its assignment. The terms “assignment,” “interested person” and “vote of a majority of the outstanding voting securities” shall have the meaning set forth for such terms in the 1940 Act or the rules thereunder. This Agreement may be terminated or amended at any time by theSub-Adviser and the Adviser, subject to approval by the Board (including approval by those Trustees that are not “interested persons” of the Trust) and, if required by the 1940 Act or applicable SEC rules and regulations, a vote of a majority of the Fund’s outstanding voting securities;provided, however, that, notwithstanding the foregoing, this Agreement may be amended or terminated by the mutual written agreement of theSub-Adviser and the Adviser in order to reflect the terms of any exemptive order issued to the Adviser or the Trust. It is understood that from time to time the Allocated Portion may be zero. This Agreement does not automatically terminate in the event that no Allocated Portion is available for theSub-Adviser.

 

 c.

Consequences of Termination. In the event of termination of this Agreement, Sections 4, 8, 9, 10, 16, and 23(b) shall survive such termination of this Agreement. Section 15 of this Agreement shall survive for a period of two (2) years following termination of this Agreement. Termination of this Agreement shall immediately and unconditionally revoke any and all powers of attorney granted to theSub-Adviser under this Agreement; provided that, following delivery of a notice of termination pursuant to Section 14(b) with respect to this Agreement, theSub-Adviser shall continue to have full discretionary investment and trading authority in accordance with the terms of this Agreement (including, without limitation, Sections 1(a) and 2 hereof) with respect to the Allocated Portion until the effective date of such termination. Any Fees calculated in accordance with this Agreement accrued up to the date of termination and not yet paid by such date of termination shall, notwithstanding termination, be payable at the next following payment in accordance with this Agreement.


15.

Confidentiality.

 

 a.

Except as expressly authorized in this Agreement or as required by applicable law, regulation or court order, each party hereto and its affiliates (each, for purposes of this section, the “Recipient Party”) shall keep confidential and shall not use or disclose, except with the consent of the other party hereto (each, for purposes of this section, the “Disclosing Party”), any and allnon-public, proprietary or confidential information concerning the business of the Disclosing Parties and/or their affiliates or investors, or potential investors, therein obtained in connection with the services rendered under this Agreement, including, without limitation, Portfolio Information and reports, certifications and othernon-public information provided by the parties pursuant to or in connection with this Agreement (collectively, the “Information”); provided that the Recipient Party may make such disclosure to its directors, officers, partners, employees, agents, advisors, service providers, potential financing counterparties or representatives, including legal and compliance personnel (collectively, the “Representatives”) who (i) need to know the Information in connection with this Agreement, (ii) have been informed of the confidential nature of such Information and (iii) have been advised that such Information is to be kept confidential and not used for any other purpose. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Trust and the Adviser shall be permitted to disclose Information to any third party in connection with the operation of the Fund or subject to anon-disclosure agreement, provided that such third party has been advised that such Information is to be kept confidential and the Adviser shall not identify the securities and other instruments held in the Allocated Portion as specifically attributable to the Allocated Portion or theSub-Adviser in any disclosure of such Portfolio Information (except for disclosures to Representatives). The Recipient Party shall be responsible for a breach of this section by its Representatives. The term “Information” will not include information that (i) is or becomes publicly available other than as a result of a disclosure by the Recipient Party in violation of this section; (ii) is or becomes available to the Recipient Party or its Representatives from a source other than the Disclosing Party, which source, to the knowledge of the Recipient Party or its Representatives, does not have an obligation of confidentiality to the Disclosing Party with respect to such information; (iii) was already in the Recipient Party’s possession or the possession of its Representatives prior to receiving such information from the Disclosing Party; or (iv) is developed independently by the Recipient Party or its Representatives without use of the Information. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary provided elsewhere herein, none of the confidentiality provisions in this section shall in any way limit the activities of Adviser and its affiliates in their businesses of providing services to the Trust or other clients.

 

 b.

Portfolio Information. As used herein “Portfolio Information” means confidential and proprietary information of the Fund, the Adviser or theSub-Adviser that is received by a party hereto in connection with this Agreement, and information with regard to the portfolio holdings, investment activity and characteristics of the Fund.

 

 c.

The Adviser will not permit any Representative or affiliate of the Adviser to use Portfolio Information with respect to the Allocated Portion to trade for its own account or the account of any other person for the purpose of “reverse engineering” the investment or trading methodologies of theSub-Adviser. In furtherance of the foregoing, the Adviser shall restrict access to the Portfolio Information to those employees of the Adviser or their affiliates or agents who will use it only for purposes reasonably related to the provision of services to the Fund.

 

 d.

Each of the Adviser and theSub-Adviser agrees that it shall exercise the same standard of care that it uses to protect its own confidential and proprietary information, but no less than reasonable care, to protect the confidentiality of the Information.

 

 e.

Each Recipient Party acknowledges the global nature of each Disclosing Party’s businesses and the efforts the Disclosing Parties undertake to develop, preserve and protect their Information and their business and competitive advantage and goodwill. Accordingly, each Recipient Party acknowledges


 and agrees that the restrictions, limitations and obligations in this section are reasonable and necessary for the protection of the legitimate business interests of the Disclosing Parties and their affiliates. Each Recipient Party also acknowledges that the Disclosing Parties would not have entered into this Agreement unless the Recipient Party agreed to such restrictions, limitations and obligations, and that the damages to the Disclosing Party that may result from the unauthorized dissemination of the Information may be impossible to calculate. Therefore, the parties hereby agree that the Disclosing Party shall be entitled to seek injunctive relief preventing the dissemination of any Information in violation of the terms hereof, without any requirement to post security or other bond therefor. Such injunctive relief shall be in addition to any other remedies available hereunder, whether at law or in equity.

 

16.

Notices.

Except as otherwise specifically provided herein, all communications under this Agreement must be in writing and will be deemed duly given and received when delivered personally, when sent by facsimile ore-mail transmission or three days after being deposited fornext-day delivery with an internationally recognized overnight international delivery service, properly addressed to the party to receive such notice at the party’s address specified herein, or at any other address that any party may designate by notice to the others.

Sub-Adviser:

Luminus Management, LLC

1700 Broadway, 26th Floor

New York, NY 10019

Attn: Shawn R. Singh, Esq., General Counsel

Email: ssingh@luminusmgmt.com

with a copy (which does not constitute notice) to:

King & Spalding LLP

Attn: Jonathan M.A. Melmed

         John D. Wilson

1185 Avenue of the Americas, 34th Floor

New York, NY 10036

Email: jmelmed@kslaw.com

            jdwilson@kslaw.com

Adviser:

Peter Koffler

The Blackstone Group Inc.

Blackstone Alternative Investment Advisors LLC

345 Park Avenue, 28th Floor

New York, New York 10154

Fax: (212)583-5016


with a copy (which does not constitute notice) to:

James E. Thomas

Ropes & Gray LLP

Prudential Tower

800 Boylston Street

Boston, MA 02199-3600

Fax: (617)235-0483

By Email:

BAIACompliance@blackstone.com

 

17.

Severability.

If any provision of this Agreement is held by any court to be invalid, void or unenforceable, in whole or in part, the other provisions shall remain unaffected and shall continue in full force and effect, provided that the Agreement, as so modified, continues to express, without material change, the original intent of the parties and deletion of such provision will not substantially impair the respective rights and obligations of the parties, and if any provision is inapplicable to any person or circumstance, it shall nevertheless remain applicable to all other persons and circumstances.

 

18.

Business Continuity.

TheSub-Adviser shall maintain a commercially reasonable business continuity, disaster recovery, and backup plan designed to enable theSub-Adviser to perform its obligations hereunder with minimal disruptions or delays. Upon reasonable request, theSub-Adviser shall provide the Adviser with access to its written business continuity, disaster recovery and backup plan(s) or sufficient information and written certification regarding such plans to satisfy the Adviser and Fund’s reasonable inquiries and to assist the Fund and the Chief Compliance Officer of the Fund in complying with Rule38a-1 under the 1940 Act. TheSub-Adviser represents that it tests its business continuity and disaster recovery plan(s) periodically, but no less frequently than as required by applicable law, and shall, at the Adviser’s request, provide the Adviser with information regarding the results of its testing.

 

19.

Personnel.

TheSub-Adviser shall perform background screening (including review of records as to violent or criminal conduct) of each employee of theSub-Adviser with substantive investment or oversight authority over the Allocated Portion, including at the time such employee is hired by theSub-Adviser or at such times as such employee’s duties begin to include investment or oversight authority over a material portion of the Allocated Portion.

 

20.

Limitation on Consultation.

In accordance with Rule12d3-1 and Rule17a-10 under the 1940 Act and any other applicable law or regulation, theSub-Adviser is not permitted to consult with any othersub-adviser to the Fund or anysub-adviser to any other portion of the Fund or to any other investment company or investment company series for which the Adviser serves as investment adviser concerning transactions for the Fund in securities or other assets.

 

21.

Lists of Affiliated Persons.

The Adviser shall provide theSub-Adviser with a list of each entity that is both (i) an “affiliated person,” as such term is defined in the 1940 Act, of the Adviser and (ii) a broker, dealer, or entity that is engaged in the


business of underwriting, or a registered investment adviser. TheSub-Adviser shall provide the Adviser with a list of each person who is an “affiliated person”, as such term is defined in the 1940 Act, of theSub-Adviser. Each of the Adviser and theSub-Adviser agrees promptly to update such list whenever the Adviser or theSub-Adviser becomes aware of any changes that should be added to or deleted from such list of affiliated persons.

 

22.

Cooperation.

TheSub-Adviser and the Adviser shall cooperate reasonably with each other for purposes of filing any required reports, and responding to regulatory requests, with the SEC or such other regulator having appropriate jurisdiction over either of them. TheSub-Adviser will work in good faith with the Adviser and the Fund’s service providers to ensure the orderly daily operation of the Allocated Portion (including, without limitation, assisting with preparation of regulatory filings and responding to regulatory requests).

 

23.

Miscellaneous.

 

 a.

Further Actions. Each party agrees to perform such further actions and execute such further documents as are necessary to effectuate the purposes hereof.

 

 b.

Governing Law. To the extent that state law is not preempted by the provisions of any law of the United States of America, all matters arising under or related to this Agreement shall be governed and construed under the laws of the State of New York, irrespective of and without regard for any conflicts of law principals. Any suit, proceeding or other action seeking to enforce any provision of, or based on any matter arising out of or in connection with, this Agreement or the transactions contemplated hereby shall be brought in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. To the extent that the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York lacks jurisdiction over such suit, proceeding or other action then it shall be brought in state court situated in Delaware. The parties hereby submit and consent to the exclusive in personam jurisdiction and venue of such courts.

 

 c.

Waiver of Jury Trial. EACH PARTY WAIVES TRIAL BY JURY IN ANY ACTION, PROCEEDING, CLAIM, OR COUNTERCLAIM, WHETHER IN CONTRACT OR TORT AND WHETHER AT LAW OR IN EQUITY, ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY RELATED TO THIS AGREEMENT.

 

 d.

Appendices Part of Agreement. For the avoidance of doubt, it is acknowledged and agreed that the Appendices and Annexes appended hereto form a part of this Agreement. All defined terms used in this Agreement have the same meanings when used in the Appendices and Annexes hereto.

 

 e.

Captions / Headings. The captions in this Agreement are included for convenience only and in no way define or delimit any of the provisions hereof or otherwise affect their construction or effect.

 

 f.

Joint Negotiation. The parties have participated jointly in the negotiation and drafting of this Agreement. In the event an ambiguity or question of intent or interpretation arises, the parties intend that this Agreement be construed as if drafted jointly by the parties and that no presumption or burden of proof arise favoring or disfavoring any party by virtue of the authorship of any of the provisions of this Agreement.

 

 g.

Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in several counterparts, all of which together shall for all purposes constitute one agreement, binding on the parties.

[Signature page follows.]


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be executed on the dates set forth below and effective as of the day and year first above written.

BLACKSTONE ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENT ADVISORS LLC

 

By:

 

 

   

Name:

   

LUMINUS MANAGEMENT, LLC

 

By:

 

 

   

Name:

   


APPENDIX A

Sub-Advisory Fee