Fri, Oct 24, 2014
A A A
Welcome Guest
Free Trial RSS
Get FREE trial access to our award winning publications
Alternative Market Briefing

Banque Syz invested millions in Madoff, may refund lost money, Syz`s HF arm 3A to focus on macro/CTA, equity L/S funds this year

Monday, January 19, 2009

By the Opalesque Team: Geneva’s private bank Syz & Co is involved in the Madoff affair too, according to a report by Swiss daily newspaper Le Temps.

The bank bought stakes in the Thema International fund for its private clients. This Irish-domiciled SICAV was one of the main European vehicles linked to Madoff, which was represented in Switzerland by Genevalor Bebassat & Cie. Syz has invested tens of millions of Swiss francs in it.

Syz reportedly informed some of its clients, for whom it had made the decision to invest in Thema, that it would reimburse them the whole amount invested. The client who told to Le Temps about this said she had also invested with Aurelia Finance, which had also invested with Madoff, but which had not, to date, offered to refund the lost money. Syz’s spokesperson said there had not been a group decision to reimburse all investors and that he could not comment on a single case.

In October 2008, Syz & Co indicated that, between July and September, the AUM for funds and mandates at 3A (Syz’s hedge fund management arm), had decreased by about CHF400m ($354.5m), or 8%. For the month of September, Syz admitted that clients had asked to redeem CHF80m ($71m) from 3A.

In its recent Alternative Outlook report, 3A said that despite a good start in 2009, with a number of managers up strongly in January, the firm remained cautious in general about convertible bonds and credit markets since there was still not the liquidity that w......................

To view our full article Click here

Banner

Today's Exclusives Today's Other Voices More Exclusives
Previous Opalesque Exclusives                                  
More Other Voices
Previous Other Voices                                               
Access Alternative Market Briefing


  • Top Forwarded
  • Top Tracked
  • Top Searched
  1. Commodities - Oil wreaking havoc on small-cap energy stocks sliding 36%[more]

    From Bloomberg.com: Owning almost anything in the U.S. stock market has been a losing proposition since September. Owning smaller energy companies has been a catastrophe. Hercules Offshore Inc. and Resolute Energy Corp. are among 19 oil-and-gas equities in the Russell 2000 Index that lost more than

  2. Investing - Hedge funds favor equity long/short, Strategic bond managers hedge against further high yield sell-off[more]

    Hedge funds favor equity long/short From Securitieslendingtimes.com: Equity long/short strategies will generate good returns for hedge funds in the future, according to a panel at this year’s Risk Management Association Conference on Securities Lending in Naples, Florida. Panellists Sand

  3. Legal - Ex-hedge fund analyst weeps as judge hands down 5 year sentence, Former Columbus investment manager Steven P. Moore indicted on theft charges, SEBI confirms ban for Hong Kong hedge fund, SEC announces enforcement action against compliance officer[more]

    Ex-hedge fund analyst weeps as judge hands down 5 year sentence From Hereisthecity.com: An ex-hedge fund analyst was sentenced to 5 years in prison for his role in insider-trading scheme. The New York Post reports that former hedge fund analyst Matthew Teeple was sentenced Thursday to fiv

  4. Goldman in talks to acquire IndexIQ[more]

    From Bloomberg.com: Can Goldman Sachs put ETF investors on a liquid diet? Goldman is in talks to acquire IndexIQ, Reuters has reported. Index IQ is a small exchange-traded-fund firm known mostly for products that replicate hedge fund strategies, called "liquid alternative" ETFs. While IndexIQ has 11

  5. Other Voices: CALPERS dilemma should be a warning to hedge funds wanting institutional investors[more]

    From Ian Hamilton, founder of IDS Group. A quick comment on the CALPERS’ disinvestment from the hedge fund market and the jitters it is causing. Pension Funds should not be sheep and follow CALPERS’ decision as the issues that CALPERS has with hedge fund investments are in many ways unique t