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Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 31

Saturday, August 06, 2011

There were several fund launches last week including Nylon Capital (global macro fund), Clopton Capital (real estate), and Franklin Templeton Investments (global multi-asset). We also learned that Simon Hopkins is launching Singapore-based Milltrust International Group (emerging markets/Asia, Africa, Latin America), and that Lee Robinson launched the Atlana Sovereign Diversity Fund (event-driven focusing on devaluation and the collapse of western economies).

Newly launched long/short equity fund (healthcare-focused) YYC Capital also announced that it had received an anchor investment through the Topwater Capital Partners platform that is backed by Seattle-based Freestone Capital.

According to regulatory filings, Alpha Tran Capital will be closing.

GlobeOp reported a new assets under administration high of $170bn, an increase of 42% in past 12 months. Man Investments retained its position at the top of the 50 of the biggest European hedge fund assets with $34.1bn. Pengana Capital’s Asian event-driven hedge fund is expecting a $30m inflow, which will more than quadruple its assets to $40m. And, India-focused hedge fund Steadview has seen assets triple to $100m after delivering 92% returns in its first year.

Agecroft Partners LLC Managing Partner Don Steinbrugge says that hedge funds are at an all-time peak. And we learned that smaller hedge funds are expecting more inflows headed their way.

Hedge fund performance was mixed with performance information coming in from MKP Capital Management’s Opportunity Fund, which gained +1.8% in July. AcenciA Debt Strategies was named the best performing listed fund of hedge funds in Q1 in London. The Cardwell Global Fund ......................

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