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Aussie joint venture brings global perspective to alternatives

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:

Daniel Liptak, formerly head of alternatives research at Zenith Investment Partners, moved to head up ZG Advisors earlier this year, a new specialist institutional consulting firm that arises out of a joint venture with Gottex Fund Management. Zenith founder David Smythe is a non-executive director with the new company.

In an interview with Opalesque, Melbourne-based Liptak said: "ZGA clients will have access to research and due diligence through Gottex for the global perspective, but also my domestic hedge fund experience."

Australia suffers from what Liptak describes as the 'tyranny of distance’ in the alternatives world which means that there is a noticeable lack of global coverage with only a few people visiting local funds and local investors not investing locally but often travelling to New York or London to invest.

Liptak was looking for a global partner to give him optimum ability to provide investment solutions to clients. These will come from Australian institutions and family offices. "There are plenty of savings pools here large enough for our business" he says. He made the deal with Gottex because of their global presence, the strength of their top down approach to hedge funds and the fact that their business has been steadily growing in Asia Pacific. "We are currently working with a couple of groups where we provide research and due diligence......................

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