Tue, May 24, 2016
A A A
Welcome Guest
Free Trial RSS
Get FREE trial access to our award winning publications
Asia Pacific Intelligence

Aussie joint venture brings global perspective to alternatives

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Daniel Liptak, formerly head of alternatives research at Zenith Investment Partners, moved to head up ZG Advisors earlier this year, a new specialist institutional consulting firm that arises out of a joint venture with Gottex Fund Management. Zenith founder David Smythe is a non-executive director with the new company.

In an interview with Opalesque, Melbourne-based Liptak said: "ZGA clients will have access to research and due diligence through Gottex for the global perspective, but also my domestic hedge fund experience."

Australia suffers from what Liptak describes as the 'tyranny of distance' in the alternatives world which means that there is a noticeable lack of global coverage with only a few people visiting local funds and local investors not investing locally but often travelling to New York or London to invest.

Liptak was looking for a global partner to give him optimum ability to provide investment solutions to clients. These will come from Australian institutions and family offices. "There are plenty of savings pools here large enough for our business" he says.
He made the deal with Gottex because of their global presence, the strength of their top down approach to hedge funds and the fact that their business has been steadily growing in Asia Pacific. "We are currently working with a couple of groups where we provide research and due diligence and make decisions with their investment committee - and the calls so far have been good" he says.

With the strength of the joint venture, Liptak has also been able to remodel portfolios. "We have been able to access moving from directional credit to relative value credit through managers that I have found or Gottex has on their recommended list" he says. "We have also been able to access hard closed funds in Asia - we are adding value for clients and it's been a nice experience."

The plan is to add more staff and to build the business over the next 18 months. "We have a strong institutional grade infrastructure with top down capability" Liptak says, as he now sets out marketing and talking with potential clients. Larger investors only need apply. Liptak says: "$50m is the lower end investment into hedge funds we can look at, anything larger, then the economics become positive to the investor. The scale of what they can get with us is enormous to try to replicate."

 
This article was published in Opalesque's Asia Pacific Intelligence our monthly research update on alternative investments in the Asia-Pacific region.
Asia Pacific Intelligence
Asia Pacific Intelligence
Asia Pacific Intelligence
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. Other voices: What current trends tell us about the future of the hedge fund industry[more]

    By: Don Steinbrugge, Agecroft Partners The following comments are excerpted from Agecroft Partners’ Don Steinbrugge’s presentation delivered at the 69th CFA Institute Annual Conference held on May 9th, 2016 in Montreal. In Mr. Steinbrugge’s session titled "What Current Trends Tell Us about th

  2. Investing - Steve Cohen boosted Sotheby’s stake to $86 million last quarter, Larry Robbins' hedge fund sells off all CHS, UHS hospital stocks, Tiger Global cut stakes in Amazon, JD.com, Apple last quarter, Invest in real estate near biotech hubs, Prudential’s Hyat says, Valeant: A hedge fund hotel wrecking ball[more]

    Steve Cohen boosted Sotheby’s stake to $86 million last quarter Billionaire trader and art collector Steve Cohen is on a buying spree of Sotheby’s shares. Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management acquired 1.2 million Sotheby’s shares, bringing its total to 3.2 million valued at $86.1 million at

  3. Legal - Boaz Weinstein wins round in fight with Canada’s PSP[more]

    From FT.com: Boaz Weinstein, the hedge fund manager credited with spotting JPMorgan’s “London Whale” in 2012, has won a round in a legal battle with Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board that had become a test case of responsibilities when clients withdraw money. PSP sued Mr Weinstein and

  4. Regulatory - The latest Fannie and Freddie reform bill offers a bonanza for hedge funds[more]

    From WSJ.com: The latest housing finance reform bill making the rounds on Capitol Hill offers a bonanza for hedge funds seeking to cash in on their investments in Fannie Mae Mae and Freddie Mac—but the cost to taxpayers would be steep. Congressman Mick Mulvaney, the South Carolina Republican, introd

  5. West Virginia objects to Alpha Natural sale to hedge fund[more]

    From AP/Heraldcourier.com: West Virginia's environmental authority has filed an objection to the proposed $500 million sale of Alpha Natural Resources' assets to a hedge fund, arguing that the deal could leave the state holding hundreds of millions in reclamation liabilities. The Register-Hera