Fri, May 6, 2016
A A A
Welcome Guest
Free Trial RSS
Get FREE trial access to our award winning publications
Industry Updates

Principal Global Investors to acquire majority stake in Liongate Capital Management

Monday, March 04, 2013
Opalesque Industry Update: Principal Global Investors, LLC, a leading global asset manager and a member of the Principal Financial Group, today announced an agreement to acquire a 55 percent stake in Liongate Capital Management (Liongate), a global alternative investment boutique based in London and New York focused on managing portfolios of hedge funds.

Founded in 2003, Liongate has approximately US $2.1 billion[1] in assets under management across a range of commingled funds and dedicated client portfolios. Its client base includes many of the world’s leading pension funds, insurance companies and sovereign wealth funds. Liongate is recognized for its dynamic approach to asset allocation and managed hedge solutions, which have delivered strong, long-term risk-adjusted returns to its blue-chip investor base.

The transaction will strengthen The Principal’s alternative investment capabilities, deepen its pool of investment talent, and help extend its product offerings into customized multi-asset and hedge fund solutions.

“With its strong reputation and focused investment expertise, Liongate is a welcome addition to our multi-boutique investment management structure,” said Jim McCaughan, chief executive officer of Principal Global Investors. “The partnership will enhance our capabilities in alternative investments, which is an area where client demand continues to grow. Very few institutional investment firms have this level of expertise in hedge fund investing.”

Being affiliated with a global investment management leader, Liongate will benefit from access to The Principal’s global footprint and strong distribution networks, as well as its product development expertise and best-practice support infrastructure.

“Our clients increasingly want hedged solutions over their entire portfolios, and not just on an ‘alternatives’ side plate. The operational synergies and economies of scale will enhance our client resources globally, enabling Liongate to focus on consistent, risk-adjusted client performance. The Principal gets what we want to do, and our personal chemistry is strong, so that is why we decided to work together,” said Randall Dillard, chief investment officer and co-founder of Liongate.

The Liongate partners will retain a 45 percent share and will manage Liongate within their current roles. The partners are reinvesting a significant share of their consideration into existing Liongate investment strategies.

The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2013, pending regulatory approval. The Principal estimates the acquisition will be slightly accretive in the first year. Sandler O'Neill + Partners advised The Principal on the transaction and Fenchurch Advisory Partners advised Liongate.

Principal Financial Group

Press Release

BM

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. Comment - Unmasking the men behind Zero Hedge, Wall Street's renegade blog[more]

    From Bloomberg.com: Colin Lokey, also known as "Tyler Durden," is breaking the first rule of Fight Club: You do not talk about Fight Club. He’s also breaking the second rule of Fight Club. (See the first rule.) After more than a year writing for the financial website Zero Hedge under the n

  2. Opalesque Exclusive: Hedge fund talent, fees take a hit at the Milken Global Conference[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: It's been a rough year for hedge funds and now, even other managers are panning them. "Frankly, I’m blown away by the lack of talent," was Point 72 CEO Steven Cohen's assessment of trying to find candidates to hire in the investment business at a panel o

  3. Hedge funds fell in April as alternative UCITS surge in Europe[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds shed more in April with the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index down 0.9% during the month (-2.8% YTD), but there was some good news with alternative UCITS showing strong inflows in Europe. In its Weekly Briefing, Lyxo

  4. Global hedge funds recover in April on resurging energy commodities[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Global hedge funds recovered in April with the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index gaining +0.41% last month (-1.47% YTD), while the HFRX Market Directional Index gained +5.31% during the same

  5. AIG lost $349m in hedge fund portfolio in Q1[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Large US insurance group AIG lost a net $183m for the first quarter 2016, year-on-year. The group blames the loss on the impact of market volatility on investments, as well as net realised capital losses and restructuring costs. Its hedge fund portfolio made a n