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23 Dec. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 51 [more]

Philippe Gougenheim, Managing Director at Unigestion in Switzerland left the company to launch his own global macro hedge fund in the next few months; in an interview with Opalesque,

17 Dec. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 50 [more]

According to Hedge Fund Research, the number of hedge fund launches declined while the number of liquidations rose in the volatile Q3 11; Barclays Wealth raised $10.1m to launch a new global bond hedge fund; Jeffrey Tannenbaum's Fir Tree Partners launched the $96m Fir Tree Special Opportu

10 Dec. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 49 [more]

Alex Denner left Carl Ican to launch his own hedge fund; Japanese asset manager Sparx Group is planning to launch a hedge fund that will invest in infrastructure for renewable energy; Barclays Capital has announced plans to launch an onshore version of its Radar fund (UCITS) in February 2012;

03 Dec. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 48 [more]

A report by the Financial Times showed that investors’ appetite for new hedge fund launches has been revived in their search for “next generation managers”; Japanese firm FGI Capital Partners has launched a $500m event-driven hedge fund; Martin Coward said he would launch a systematic trading

26 Nov. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 47 [more]

Principal Funds launched the Principal Global Multi-Strategy Fund that aims long-term capital appreciation; ex-SAC trader Ali Akay said his new fund Carrhae Capital would begin trading on December 1 and invest in emerging market equities; the fund of hedge fudns unit of Axa Investment Manager

19 Nov. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 46 [more]

PIMCO launched the PIMCO GIS Credit Absolute Return Fund; GLG Partners launched a UK-domiciled Strategic Bond fund for star manager Christophe Akel; Altegris announced

12 Nov. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 45 [more]

Peak Partners launched a single manager forex fund; ex-Gandhara Capital executive Aileen Chang is starting a new Asia hedge fund named Kriya Uprofish Macro Fund; Trafalgar Capital Advisors partnered with Marylebone Fund Management Group to launch the PreIpo2Ipo fund (bridge financing); GAM A.

05 Nov. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 44 [more]

Martin Coward, the former co-founder of Ikos, is preparing to launch his own systematic hedge fund; Highland Funds Asset Management launched the Trend Strategies Fund (long/short); Select Equity Group is launching the Equity Long/Short Ucits Sub-Fund; Point Capital Partners is a preparing a 1

29 Oct. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 43 [more]

Three former Brevan Howard senior traders are to launch a $100m natural resources hedge fund; Future Capital Partners launched the Elara II fund (green energy); Eaton Vance launched an Australian-domiciled bank loan fund; alumni from Blue Ridge and Eaton Park will launch Falcon Edge Capital (

22 Oct. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 42 [more]

On the fund launches front, Crispin Odey launched the Odey Odyssey global macro hedge fund for Tim Bond; Steve Eisman teamed up with Ed Cabral and Mark Weiner to launch Emrys Parners (long/short) in January; Sanjay Puri and Philip Chen are preparing for the launch of their first hedge fund, S

15 Oct. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 41 [more]

Man Group launched a new fund of long/short equity hedge funds called Man Long Short Fund. Several fund closures were reported: Longacre Fund Management is to wind down after investors pulled out their cash; Global Trading Strategies is shutting down its hedge fund and is returning

08 Oct. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 40 [more]

Former Morgan Stanley MUFG strategist Alexander Kinmont is to launch a long/short hedge fund at Milestone Asset Management; Structured Portfolio Management started a new fund with $125m; BlueBay Asset Management will launch a range of funds to lend to European companies;

01 Oct. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 39 [more]

Sparx Group, Asia’s second- largest hedge fund, is launching a fund that will invest in building hotels in Japan’s earthquake-devastated areas; Universa Investments is seeking $1bn for a new macro fund that will capitalize on mispriced options; GAM launched an Asia-focused Ucits fund; and Lyx

24 Sep. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 38 [more]

Former members of FrontPoint Partners launched their own hedge fund called Seawolf Capital; Stuart Powers is assembling a team for the January 1st launch of his hedge fund firm Hengistbury Investment Partners (global long/short equity fund); Cowen Group launched the Ramius Trading Strategies

17 Sep. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 37 [more]

Hedge fund launches outpaced liquidations in the second quarter of 2001 with 280 launches versus 191 liquidations, according to data provider Hedge Fund Research. Russian banker Alexander Pylev set up a hedge fund firm called Advantage Asset Management; RWC Partners are planning a new macro h

10 Sep. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 36 [more]

This week, Swiss Investment Managers launched its Directors Dealings Fund. New boutique advisory firm Blackpeak Group launched in Asia to focus on private equity and hedge funds. Franklin Templeton launched Franklin Templeton Global Allocation Fund (multi-strategy) for U.S. investors. Kames C

03 Sep. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 35 [more]

There were two launches reported last week: Touchstone Investments launched the Touchstone Merger Arbitrage Fund (merger arbitrage), and KeySquare Group announced it has launched its maiden fund, KeySquare Global Fund (global macro). There was one fund closure as Tennenbaum Capita

27 Aug. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 34 [more]

The launches reported last week were led by Sutesh Sharma, who announced plans to quit Citigroup’s proprietary trading unit to open his own hedge fund. Diego Parrilla, former head of Asian commodities at Bank of America Merrill Lynch launched the NARECO Commodity Low Vol Alpha (commodity) fun

20 Aug. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 33 [more]

Asian hedge funds led the launch news last week as we learned multiple commodities trading advisors (CTA) and systematic trading hedge funds are in the pipeline in Asia. Schroder Investment Management is considering launching a global version of its Asian high-yield multi-asset fund. QS Inves

13 Aug. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 32 [more]

As August settles in the number of launches has dwindled, although we did hear that Fund Evaluation Group raised $300m for a new fund, and Lyxor Asset Management confirmed a

06 Aug. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 31 [more]

There were several fund launches last week including Nylon Capital (global macro fund), Clopton Capital (real estate), and Franklin Templeton Investments (global multi-asset). We also learned that Simon Hopkins is launching Singapore-based Milltrust International Group (emerging markets/Asia

30 Jul. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 30 [more]

There were a few launches last week including credit managers Christofferson Robb & Company and Chenavari Investment Managers, which launched a combined $100m new hedge funds. We learned that Former Goldman Sachs trader Guy Shahar formed hedge fund DSAM Partners (European long/short equity fu

23 Jul. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 29 [more]

Last week saw only a few launches including one from Daniel Goldberg who announced plans to step down as head of Morgan Stanley's Brazilian unit to start a hedge fund specializing in high-risk credit products, and a launch from former Deephaven Capital manager Edouard Salet. Highland

16 Jul. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 28 [more]

Last week saw several launches led by GLG which launched a UCITS version of its European long-short equity hedge fund, the GLG European Equity Alternative (long-short equity). We also learned of launches from Nomura proprietary trader Benjamin Fuchs ($400m hedge fund), French asset manager Ti

09 Jul. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 27 [more]

There were several launches last week led by China Development Bank which announced impressive plans to launch a $10bn hedge fund targeting Asian SMEs. Other launches included announcements from: Ex-Rubicon manager Tim Attias who partnered with Catherine Cripps for Sata Partners (global macro

02 Jul. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 26 [more]

There were several launches reported last week led by the announcements that Northlight Financial LLC has introduced a $100m middle market loan hedge fund (distressed market), and that US bond giant Pimco launched the GIS Diversified Income Duration Hedged fund (floating and variable rate bon

25 Jun. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 25 [more]

The world’s biggest hedge fund firm, Bridgewater Associates, announced one of the most impressive new fund launches this year with its latest $10bn hedge fund. Also announced this week were launches from Sparx Group (Japan reconstruction), a former Banque d’Orsay prop desk team (merger arb),

18 Jun. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 24 [more]

According to hedge fund data tracker Hedge Fund Research, there was an average of 4.5 hedge fund launches every business day during the first quarter of 2011. More recent launches include Deutsche Bank’s 5 international, currency-hedged, exchange traded funds. This week we also heard of fun

11 Jun. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 23 [more]

Last week saw launches from Bernheim, Dreyfus & Co., which is launching its new $100m Diva Synergy Fund (UCITS III). Also launching UCITS funds are Deutsche Bank, which is joining forces with Millburn Ridgefield Corporation (DB Platinum IV dbX Millburn Multi-Markets Index Fund), and Morgan S

04 Jun. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 22 [more]

With a shortened week in the UK and the US there were only a few launch announcements this week. We learned that Matthew Cartwright has left ADM Capital and is planning the launch of a fund (Asian distressed debt). Former investment head for Fortress in Hong Kong, Stanley Ku is setting up C

28 May. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 21 [more]

Second and third generation managers continue to announce fund launches with news of former Highbridge Capital Management manager Carl Huttenlocher near launch on a hedge fund in Hong Kong, former Tiger Asia MD Hugh Kim launching Greyson Capital Management (domestic demand industries in Japan

21 May. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 20 [more]

We learned of launches from Gramercy (master fund with exposure to firm-wide strategies), Para Advisors (multi-strategy UCITS), former Tiger Asia pro Hugh Kim (Greyson Asia Fund a long/short equity strategy), Implied capital (offshore market neutral), and Jeff Middleswart announced he

14 May. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 19 [more]

Last week we learned that pension fund manager APG will launch a second hedge fund seeder vehicle, that AllianceBernstein has launched the European Flexible Equity Fund (l/s, UCITS), and that Natixis Global launched the Natixis Euro High Income Fund. Barak Fund Management has announced the l

07 May. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 18 [more]

Man Group announced one of the biggest hedge fund launches this year with the unveiling of the $1.5bn Nomura Global Trend fund (Japan-focused and event-driven). David Tepper is reported to be planning to seed a new fund that's being launched by Matthew Knauer, one of his senior anal

30 Apr. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 17 [more]

The week after the long Easter break saw only a few launches including those by Emerald Orient Investment Advisors, which is set to launch a Greater China dedicated hedge fund (technology and consumer focus). Natixis Alternative Investments announced an event driven UCITS fund, Citadel

23 Apr. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 16 [more]

Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Secquaero Advisors is bringing the esoteric alternative world of insurance-linked securities to the mainstream with the planned May launch

16 Apr. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 15 [more]

A roundup of the week’s hedge fund launches, closures, index performance, trends, regulatory, legal, and financial events pertaining to the alternative investments industry. Last week, we heard of fund launches from Sydney, Australia-based Regal Fund Management which launched the

09 Apr. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 14 [more]

A roundup of the week’s hedge fund launches, closures, index performance, trends, regulatory, legal, and financial events pertaining to the alternative investments industry. Last week, we heard of fund launches from UK ex-prime minister Tony Blair who has teamed up with a private equity

02 Apr. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 13 [more]

A roundup of the week’s hedge fund launches, closures, index performance, trends, regulatory, legal, and financial events pertaining to the alternative investments industry. Last week, we heard of fund launches from Thames River (absolute return), we learned GAM will launch a UCITS III v

26 Mar. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory, and legal events - week 12 [more]

A roundup of the week’s hedge fund launches, closures, index performance, trends, regulatory, legal, and financial events pertaining to the alternative investments industry. Last week, we heard of fund launches from Odey Asset Management (global macro UCITS III), Astra Investimentos (agr

19 Mar. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 11 [more]

Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: This week, we heard of launches from Plenum Investments (energy hedge fund); Highbridge Capital (Ucits III commodities fund);

12 Mar. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 10 [more]

A roundup of the week’s hedge fund launches, closures, index performance, trends, regulatory, legal, and financial events pertaining to the alternative investments industry. Last week, we heard of fund launches from Stuart Powers, former partner at Chris Hohn’s The Children’s Investment

05 Mar. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 9 [more]

A roundup of the week’s hedge fund launches, closures, index performance, trends, regulatory, legal, and financial events pertaining to the alternative investments industry. Last week we learned fund launches continued at a steady pace through the end of 2010, outpacing liquidations for

26 Feb. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 8 [more]

A roundup of the week’s hedge fund launches, closures, index performance, trends, regulatory, legal, and financial events pertaining to the alternative investments industry. Last week, we heard of fund launches from former Third Point and Brahman Capital employees Howard Shainker and Aki

19 Feb. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 7 [more]

A roundup of the week’s hedge fund launches, closures, index performance, trends, regulatory, legal, and financial events pertaining to the alternative investments industry. Last week, we heard of fund launches from Bill Winters, a former top JPMorgan Chase & Co official plans to launch

12 Feb. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 6 [more]

Last week, we heard of fund launches from Highbridge Capital (credit), GAM (long/only, technology focused), Frontier Investment Management (multi-asset), Rob Hain (activist fund focused on European financials), and Abu Dhabi’s Royal Capital’s plans for fixed income hedge funds to tap th

05 Feb. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 5 [more]

Last week, we heard of fund launches from Future Capital Partners which brings the Elara Renewable Fund (EIS) and Clean Future (VCT) to market, focusing on high growth potential of the renewable energy investment sector; long/short equity funds were rolled out by Resultant Capital (a fo

29 Jan. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 4 [more]

Last week, we heard of fund launches from Armajaro Asset Management, which will launch the Armajaro Natural Resources Fund in February with $70m in assets. We also learned Boaz Weinstein

22 Jan. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 3 [more]

Last week, we heard of fund launches from Antarctica Asset Management (global macro), CedarBridge Capital (from ex Wachovia European Investment Bank head Atul Bajpai), Denjoy Capital Partners (l/s equity fund launched by former Brevan Howard PM Frederic Denjoy) and a multi-strategy FoHF

15 Jan. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 2 [more]

Last week, Opalesque readers learned about fund launches from Ping Jiang’s Ping Capital which will add an emerging markets macro fund to its roster, New York-based, $600m Helios Advisors (long/short energy), merger arb and long/short equity firm Alpine Associates Advisors has started a

08 Jan. 2011. Opalesque Exclusive: Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 1 [more]

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Last week, we heard of fund launches from well known industry names such as former Icahn Management Head Rupal Doshi, who will launch Corvex (long/short activist), and former Galleon Group Co-Founder Gary Rosenbach who will give it another go with a new he

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