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Morgan Stanley and Algebris launch UCITS III fund with long/short equity strategy focused on global financial services

Thursday, January 06, 2011
Opalesque Industry Update - Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) today announced the launch of a new fund under its Ucits Irish umbrella, FundLogic Alternatives. The new fund will be managed by Algebris Investments LLP and will offer access to a long/short equity strategy focused on the global financial services sector.

Commenting on the new fund launch, David Armstrong, Managing Director and Global Head of Fund-linked business at Morgan Stanley said, “We are delighted that Davide Serra and Eric Halet have decided to partner with Morgan Stanley to launch their first Ucits Fund. We continue to see growing demand from investors to access absolute return strategies in a regulated, transparent and liquid format. The combination of our Ucits capabilities and the Algebris investment expertise is a unique product, one of the very first sector specialised long/short equity funds that offers daily liquidity.”

Davide Serra, co-portfolio manager and founding partner of Algebris commented: “Algebris was launched in 2006 to provide investors with premier alternative asset management focusing on global financials. We believe the sector offers many opportunities for a long-short equity manager and in particular, the Ucits Fund we are launching in partnership with Morgan Stanley is based on the research process we have been successfully developing for the past 4 years. We chose Morgan Stanley as our partner as a result of their robust infrastructure and the strong relationship our respective firms have developed since we founded Algebris.”

FundLogic is the platform brand name for Morgan Stanley fund solutions, set up in 2006. It can offer both Ucits and non-Ucits Funds on a global basis. The platform delivers fund solutions to clients by combining the financial expertise, innovation and resources of Morgan Stanley and offers a range of products including simple Index Funds, Structured Funds and the more recently launched Third Party managers Ucits Funds.

fundlogic-ir@morganstanley.com

(press release)

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