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Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 3

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Last week, we heard of fund launches from Antarctica Asset Management (global macro), CedarBridge Capital (from ex Wachovia European Investment Bank head Atul Bajpai), Denjoy Capital Partners (l/s equity fund launched by former Brevan Howard PM Frederic Denjoy) and a multi-strategy FoHFs from Attucks Asset Management.

We learned that Equanum Capital Management will move to Singapore as it starts an India fund (long-biased), Guangzhou Anhuitong Investment Co Ltd announced plans to launch its first hedge fund, and Butterfield Fulcrum is re-launching its managed accounts platform, Altinus. Opalesque spoke with $5m technology led futures fund BlackCat and last but not least, Mark Mobius, chairman of Franklin Templeton’s Emerging Markets Group caused a stir this week as he is reported to be considering launching a hedge fund

The UCITS rollouts continue. RWC Partners has scheduled its UCITS III RWC Enhanced ARC (Absolute Rate and Currency) Fund to launch in February 2011, Morgan Stanley launched a new fund (L/S equity) under its Ucits Irish Umbrella to be managed by Indus Capital Partners LLC, and GAM will launch two UCITS III funds for Graham Wainer.

The RBC Hedge 250 Index returned +2.25% in December (+6.42% in 2010); the Lyxor Global Hedge Fund Index up 2.3% (+5.8%); the Newedge CTA Index posted 3.35% (+9.28%); the Edhec-Risk Alternative Global CTA Indexes up 4.53%, (+10.0% YTD); the Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index up 2.90%, (+10.95% YTD); the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index up 2.36%, (+5.19% YTD): and the Scotia Capital Canadian Hedge Fund Index up 2.23% (20.16% YTD) on asset weighted basis, +2.20% (+14.78% YTD) on equal weighted basis.

Hedge fund tracker Eurekahedge reported that hedge fund assets hit $1.917tln in 2010. Europe’s largest listed fund Man Group’s stood at......................

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