Sun, Sep 21, 2014
A A A
Welcome Guest
Free Trial RSS
Get FREE trial access to our award winning publications
Industry Updates

Hedge fund veterans launch Singapore-based emerging markets platform

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Simon Hopkins
Opalesque Industry Update - Simon Hopkins, who founded Fortune Asset Management and then sold that firm to Close Brothers in 2006, has launched Singapore-based Milltrust International Group, an emerging markets investment platform focused on Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

The firm is on the verge of launching a range of institutionally-focused, managed account-based funds for emerging markets, drawing on the expertise of some of the more established local asset management firms. It is also providing institutional investors with access to pre-screened private equity investments focused on the developing world.

"Our research shows that international investors are looking for locally-based asset management talent as they increase their holdings in the parts of the world that will offer the best growth prospects over the next decade", said Hopkins."Western institutions are still woefully under invested in emerging markets" he said."This is against a backdrop of low growth and fiscal deficits in the West which will last a generation", he added.

Hopkins has assembled a team that includes a number of industry veterans including Louis-Armand de Rougé, formerly CEO of Richcourt Fund Advisors in France, and Mark Ebert, former Chairman of Fortune Group. The advisory board includes David Suratgar, Chairman of BMCE Bank International plc and formerly Deputy Chairman of Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, Robert Sargent, former CEO and long-term veteran of Morgan Stanley Asset Management International, and Singapore-based Christopher Chong, founder of ACH Investments and formerly CEO of HSBC James Capel, Singapore.

Milltrust also announced that it has successfully completed the acquisition of Think Alternative Advisors, a UK-based, FSA-regulated investment advisor run by Alexander Kalis and Eric Anderson.

"Alexander and Eric have accumulated between them close to two-decades of experience working with Asia-focused managers", said Louis-Armand, who will work with the team on manager selection.

Alexander Kalis formerly oversaw Asia for LCF Edmond de Rothschild’s Asian Capital Holdings, one of the biggest fund of funds allocator in the region. He went on to run Banco Santander's Asian fund of funds, before co-founding Think Alternative with Anderson.

Eric Anderson worked for one of the biggest regional hedge funds, Hong Kong-based Ortus Capital, and then led the due diligence efforts on alternative investments at Credit Suisse, before partnering with Kalis last year.

"We saw the opportunity to work with Simon as transformational for our business. It has enabled us to widen our opportunity set to the broader emerging market landscape through the first class list of partners he has brought to the table", said Kalis.

"The platform is inspired as it enables investors in emerging markets to overcome their principal objections to the risks of complex strategies and unfamiliar counterparties by giving them control, transparency and liquidity through a single custodian, which in this instance is State Street, the world's largest", said Anderson. "We believe this could be the answer to the constraints that to date have limited capital flows to the local managers", he added.

Milltrust is in advanced discussions with a number of leading financial institutions in China, India and Latin America, and is expected to announce its partner firms that will advise on the managed accounts in the coming months. The managed account platform is supported by InfraHedge and State Street, and seed capital is being made available by a regional asset consultant.

(press release)

Source

KB

What do you think?

   Use "anonymous" as my name    |   Alert me via email on new comments   |   
Today's Exclusives Today's Other Voices More Exclusives
Previous Opalesque Exclusives                                  
More Other Voices
Previous Other Voices                                               
Access Alternative Market Briefing


  • Top Forwarded
  • Top Tracked
  • Top Searched
  1. SEC charges 19 investment firms and one trader for breach of Rule 105[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) started a push to enhance the enforcement of Rule 105 of Regulation M last year to uncover hedge funds and private equity firms that have illegally participated in an offering of a stock after short selling it duri

  2. Fund managers, bullish on Europe, anticipate monetary policy separation of Fed and ECB[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: At least 202 fund managers with $556bn of assets under management said that while the European Central Bank (ECB) has eased its monetary policy that sent sentiments towards Europe to pick up, the Fed is expected to hike its rate in the spring of 2015. Investor

  3. Institutions - North Carolina workers call on state pension to dump up to $6bn in hedge funds, UK pension fund criticizes hedge fund fees[more]

    North Carolina workers call on state pension to dump up to $6bn in hedge funds From Forbes.com: The State Employees Association of North Carolina this afternoon called on state Treasurer Janet Cowell to withdraw all investments in hedge funds, which appear to amount to approximately $6 b

  4. News Briefs - Limited partners of investment managers may be subject to self-employment taxes, Just one week left until NYC's Rocktoberfest[more]

    Limited partners of investment managers may be subject to self-employment taxes On September 5, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued Chief Counsel Advice 201436049, concluding that members of an investment manager were subject to self-employment taxes with respect to their e

  5. Institutions - Adviser's faith in hedge funds unshaken by CalPERS' move Advisers weigh in on CalPERS’ decision, Gina Raimondo sees no reason to follow California’s lead, exit hedge funds, Danish pension funds step up 'alternative investments'[more]

    Adviser's faith in hedge funds unshaken by CalPERS' move From WSJ.com: Financial advisers who use hedge funds in their clients' portfolios say they aren't rethinking that approach after a huge California pension fund announced plans to exit the hedge-fund market. The decision by the Cali