Wed, Apr 25, 2018
A A A
Welcome Guest
Free Trial RSS
Get FREE trial access to our award winning publications
Industry Updates

Merrion Investment Managers hires specialist team, launches UCITS European L/S equity fund

Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Opalesque Industry Update - Dublin-based Merrion Investment Managers has recruited a specialist long short equity team, comprised of Michael Nicol and Alistair MacDonald, to manage a new UCITS III European Absolute Return Fund.

The new fund combines the expertise of an experienced team with the stability of Merrion’s established UCITS platform. The fund is targeting an absolute return of 15% to 20% per annum with annualised volatility between 7.5% and 10%. It has been launched with US$20 million of initial investment.

Michael Nicol and Alistair MacDonald have accumulated over fifty years of investment experience. Their approach is to detect mis-priced company securities through company analysis that focuses on understanding companies’ business models, earnings drivers and risks. Stock timing decisions are made by identifying valuation anomalies and catalysts that are likely to lead to re-rating or de-rating. At the heart of the investment process is a strong understanding of the nature of risk and a proprietary correlation analysis model that guides portfolio construction.

During the past 10 years, portfolios managed by Michael Nicol have not produced any negative annual returns and he has successfully applied the strategy to manage a fund of over € 600 million.

Kevin Gallacher, Director, Merrion Investment Managers, comments: “The Merrion European Absolute Return Fund is designed to provide investors with the absolute return characteristics of a hedge fund plus the transparency and daily liquidity of a regulated UCITS product. It enables investors to access the proven stock-picking skills of an experienced long short equity team on a tried and tested administrative platform. ” Michael Nicol, fund manager, Merrion Investment Managers, says:

“During the last ten years, global equity markets have entered a more volatile and less certain environment for returns. Our investment process has delivered consistent positive absolute returns with low volatility in both rising and falling markets. Perhaps most importantly, it operates with low levels of leverage and does not need to be adapted or compromised to comply with UCITS regulations.”

www.merrion-absolute.com.


Bg

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. Investing - Sequoia takes Facebook stake as shares slide in data controversy, $1.4b hedge fund sees intact fundamentals for Facebook, Jim Cramer reveals some 'suggested hedge fund trades' amid the Trump tariffs[more]

    Sequoia takes Facebook stake as shares slide in data controversy From Bloomberg.com: The $4.2 billion Sequoia Fund bought a small position in Facebook Inc. as the stock slid late in the first quarter, investment manager Ruane, Cunniff & Goldfarb told clients. "The recent controversy enab

  2. Activist Investors - Blue Sky-owned Wild Breads faces uncertain future[more]

    From AFR.com: A Blue Sky private equity investment in artisan-style baker Wild Breads enjoyed multiple valuation upgrades despite losing millions and breaching its lending covenants, accounts lodged with the regulator last week show. Wild Breads lost $2.4 million in 2017, but Blue Sky ascribed a hig

  3. Opalesque Exclusive: Barnegat to close hedge fund to outside investors on weak opportunities[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Bob Treue's Barnegat Fund Management said it is closing its $666m fixed income relative value hedge fund to outside investors. "The negative side to gains in Fixed Income Arbitrage is that unless we find new opportunit

  4. Investing - Hedge fund makes a big bet on malls, British hedge fund manager Odey short UK government bonds on QE bet[more]

    Hedge fund makes a big bet on malls From Barrons.com: The dominant narrative on American shopping malls is that they're dead. Crushed by Amazon.com, many brick-and-mortar retail stores are destined for bankruptcy. And where is the most retail, clustered all together? Malls. From a

  5. Performance - Hedge funds suffer first back-to-back loss in two years, Netflix performance burns hedge fund short sellers, Macro hedge fund up 14.5% in first quarter sees dollar falling, Renaissance Technologies rebounds across hedge funds in March[more]

    Hedge funds suffer first back-to-back loss in two years From Bloomberg.com: Hedge Fund returns sank for a second straight month in March, the first back-to-back loss since the first two months of 2016, as trade wars, tech-sector woes and a Fed rate hike dragged down the S&P 500 from its