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Northill Capital may invest in another emerging fund manager next year

Friday, May 16, 2014

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Jon Little
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers:

Northill Capital, an investor in asset managers, agreed to acquire a majority interest in Longview Partners earlier this month. That will be its fifth investment.

Northill takes things slowly with asset managers; the partners want to make sure they get to know them well and that can take a few years – they don't want to take the risk of losing money over fickle characters. But when the partners are invested, it is akin to a marriage contract. And the few emerging managers that are in Northill’s still small collection get quite a bit of help to get off the ground.

Established in London in 2010 by Jon Little, with substantial financial backing from trusts associated with the Bertarellis, a powerful European family, as well as from the four partners (three of whom are ex-BNY Mellon A.M. directors), Northill Capital's long-term strategy is to build a portfolio of high quality specialist asset managers, which involves buying 50% to 80% of the managers’ equity.

Northill currently owns stakes in European sub-investment grade credit manager Goldbridge Capital Partner......................

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