Opalesque Industry Updates - At last week's annual general meeting (AGM) of Gottex Fund Management HoldingsLimited (Gottex), Joachim Gottschalk, Chairman and CEO of Gottex, made the
following statement to shareholders.|
“2009 was an unpredictable year, which included an extraordinary rally in global capital markets and outstanding performance for hedge funds in general. This rapid recovery from the severe drawdown shows the value of hedge funds as a distinct asset class. At Gottex, our core market neutral and portable alpha strategies performed very well during 2009, outperforming their relevant indices and benchmarks by substantial margins, and have continued to generate good returns in the first quarter of 2010.
“It is our view that the strong performance by hedge funds in 2010 will translate into institutional inflows for the industry as the year progresses, followed by inflows from private investors in the year thereafter. On the back of our strong investment performance during the past year, we believe Gottex is well positioned to participate in these flows. As an industry, we are seeing increased scrutiny from institutional investors and regulators with respect to the quality of staff, robustness of infrastructure, transparency, strength of investment process and advanced risk management before mandates are awarded. Gottex, as one of the larger independent players in the industry with a high quality team and strong risk control framework, is well placed to meet these challenges and return to growth.
“I would like to extend my thanks to all members of staff for their work, as well as to our valuable clients and shareholders for their continuing support.” Today’s meeting includes the adoption of Gottex’s annual financial statements, the proposal of the final dividend of USD 0.115 per share, the re-appointment of the company’s auditors and the re-election of certain directors. JP Bailey, currently a director of the Board of Gottex and member of Gottex’s Executive Management Committee (EMC), has expressed his intent to step down from the company’s Board and EMC to focus fully on Gottex’s asset based and direct investing business. He will continue to act as a portfolio manager and senior managing director of the company. Corporate website: Source