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Client redemptions and headwinds keep conditions challenging for Gottex

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Gottex Fund Management reports that it continues to face headwinds in its fund of fund business 'as a substantial number of large institutional investors develop their own capabilities’.

"Although we have successfully been awarded mandates in excess of $125m in the fourth quarter, one of our investors will terminate a $525m relative value and event driven segregated managed account as of January 2013" the firm writes. "Other client redemptions are within the company’s historical range".

The firm says that strategic growth initiatives for 2013, include growing their multi asset products and capabilities in Europe and Asia. "We will further develop our growing Asian business as the gateway between non-APAC based investors seeking to access Asian investment opportunities by leveraging our deep knowledge of Asian markets and investments, while offering outbound services to APAC based investors seeking global diversification in their portfolios" the firm said. For the LUMA managed account platform, Gottex will seek to form partnerships with asset owners to provide specific platform solutions and bring further scale to the business.

Gottex’s flagship market neutral product and related separately managed accounts are all above their high water marks and accruing incentive fees, the firm reports, while three of their hedge fund products have returned over 10% year to date.......................

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