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ESAF and BAF launch fund of UCITS III alpha funds

Thursday, April 08, 2010
Opalesque Industry Update - ESAF in Luxembourg announces the launch of a new Fund of UCITS III Funds.

ESAF (Espírito Santo Gestão de Patrimónios, S.A), the investment manager, designated BAF (Blue Activos Financeiros – SGP, S.A), an independent asset management company specialized in alternative investment strategies based in Portugal, as the investment advisor of the Fund.

This new Luxemburg Fund, Dynamic Alpha Portfolio UCITS III is one of the first to be launched in Europe in this new generation of strongly regulated “Flexible Investment Funds”. As the name suggests this Fund is an “Active Managed Portfolio” of UCITS III “Alpha” Funds.

Dynamic Alpha Portfolio UCITS III Fund is regulated by EU UCITS III directive, transparent, liquid and therefore eligible for investment from Pension Funds and Insurance Companies in Europe but also aiming to serve the growing global demand, particularly in Asia and Latin America.

Dynamic Alpha Portfolio UCITS III Fund main features:

• The Fund objective is to provide its investors with capital growth, mainly by investing in units of UCITS III offering different strategies. The Investment philosophy is to deliver a positive performance regardless of market conditions.
• Target Return - Euribor 3M + 4% - 8%
• Targeting low volatility and low beta levels.
• Target Volatility < 6%
• Alpha is driven by identifying, and finding the best way to capitalise on, specific manager skill.
• Investing in a selection of UCITS III funds within the most liquid assets / strategies (Long/Short Equity, Global Macro, CTA, Currency, Volatility).
• # Managers: 12-15 managers
• Maximum position size: 12%

ESAF – Espírito Santo International Management, SA (Lux) is part of Grupo Banco Espírito Santo.

About BAF
• Founded in 2004 as an independent firm, to manage the assets of high net worth individuals, family offices and institutional clients.
• 10 years experience in absolute return strategies and 16 years in capital markets.
• Strength in depth – Experienced team who is 100% focused on asset allocation strategies, portfolio construction and risk management. /


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