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13 Jan. 2012 Biggest French hedge fund sells minority stake to U.S. private equity firm Dyal [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The biggest French hedge fund, Capital Fund Management (CFM), completed its re-organisation earlier this month, following the death of its founder,
13 Jan. 2012 Jabre’s Global Balanced fund loses 27% in 2011 [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: One of the hedge funds run by Jabre Capital Partners, a firm in Geneva which manages around $3bn in AuM, lost around a quarter if its capital in 2011, reports Swiss daily Le Temps. The money apparently went i
12 Jan. 2012 GlobeOp Capital Movement Index declines 0.88% in January, advances 12.89 points over past 12 months [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund flows as measured by the GlobeOp Capital Movement Index declined 0.88% in January. “In line with year-end portfolio rebalancing, January net capital flows were negative,” said Hans Hufschmid, chief executive officer, GlobeOp Financial Services. “The ne
12 Jan. 2012 Hedge funds to support child abuse prevention at 2nd annual West Coast Committee of Hope poker tournament, Jan 25 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Charity Poker Event Will Be Held Wednesday, January 25th at The City Club of San Francisco Hedge Funds Care, a financial services industry-supported charity dedicated to preventing and treating child abuse, today announced that it would be
12 Jan. 2012 Citi appointed by Dorchester Capital to provide fund administration and custody services for alternative fund of funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Citi today announced that it has been appointed by Dorchester Capital Advisors International, LLC (“Dorchester”) to provide fund administration and custody for Dorchester Capital International Limited, its fund of hedge funds. This new mandate extends a long-standing rela
12 Jan. 2012 As New York court dismisses claims against Systematic Alpha from Russian investor, another lawsuit comes in [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York has dismissed all claims against Systematic Alpha principals (the ‘Systematic Alpha Parties’) arising from the Matveev v. Batratchenko case, with prejudice. The action was brought by Nicolay Matvee
11 Jan. 2012 Al Gore, Sarah Palin, Robert Gates to headline Skybridge Alternatives conference [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York Former Vice President Al Gore, Sarah Palin and former Defense Secretary Dr. Robert M. Gates will keynote this year's Skybridge Alternatives (SALT) Conference. The conference will be held starting on May 8, 2012 at the Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
11 Jan. 2012 Lyxor Global Hedge Fund investable index down 0.36% in December, -6.59% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update -The Lyxor Global Hedge Fund index, an investable index based on Lyxor’s hedge fund platform which tracks the overall hedge fund universe, was down 0.36% in December. Year to date performance is down 6.59%. Many traders took a holiday in December, but market worri
11 Jan. 2012 HFN: hedge funds ended 2011 down 4.5%, AuM at $2.45tln [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - the eVestment|HFN Research Division has a preliminary look at December’s hedge fund returns (final report out in two weeks): 2011 Hedge Fund Broad Performance & Investor Trends: • HFN Hedge Fund Aggregate Index ended 201
11 Jan. 2012 Oak Hill Advisors names four partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update — Oak Hill Advisors, L.P. (“Oak Hill Advisors”) announced today that Alexandra Jung, Adam B. Kertzner, Jeffrey E. Kirt and Thomas S. Wong have been named Partners of the firm. In their new positions, they will join the firm’s existing six Partners in leading the firm and di
11 Jan. 2012 La Française AM and Swell Asset Management forge partnership to launch new UCITS funds [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: La Française AM, which helps asset management entrepreneurs get off the ground, is spinning off part of its alternative business by taking a minority stake in Swell Asset Management, a newly formed asset management company created by Ramé Collin, the company s
11 Jan. 2012 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index declines -0.42% in December ( -8.87% in 2011) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds concluded a challenging 2011 with a decline in December, as the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index declined by -0.42%, bringing full year 2011 performance to -8.87%. The decline marks only the second calendar year decline since HFRX index performance inception in 19
11 Jan. 2012 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index sheds -0.15% in December (-4.3% in 2011) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds as measured by the Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index (“GGHFI”) posted mixed results in December as Market Neutral funds averaged the best results for the month. The GGHFI shed 0.15% compared to global equity returns in the S&P 500 Total Return (+1.02%), MSCI
10 Jan. 2012 Ogier expands global network into Luxembourg [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Ogier, one of the leading providers of international legal and fiduciary services, has announced it is planning to open a boutique law firm in Luxembourg as it continues to expand its worldwide network. Ogier has also announced it is intending to set up a fiduciary busine
10 Jan. 2012 Northpoint introduces rules based allocations solution [more]
NorthPoint®, a leading technology consulting and systems integration firm for Asset Managers and Hedge Funds, has introduced a dynamic, rules-based allocations solution to ensure compliance and provide asset management firms with comprehensive controls that are critical to their firms’ long-term
10 Jan. 2012 Futures Industry Association appoints former CFTC Chairman Walter Lukken as President and CEO [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The Futures Industry Association announced today that its board of directors has appointed Walter Lukken as president and chief executive officer. Lukken brings to the FIA many years of experience in government as well as expertise in the mechanics of clearing, a criticall
10 Jan. 2012 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index down 0.21% in December (-4.16% in 2011) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was down 0.21%1 in December as volatile market conditions continued into the last month of the year. The index was down 4.16% for the year, making it the 2nd worst yearly return on record. Hedge funds still outperformed the underlying mark
10 Jan. 2012 SunGard Acquires Pilot Software from TOBAM [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SunGard has acquired the Pilot solution from TOBAM, a Paris, France-based asset management firm. The acquisition, the terms of which were not disclosed, is not expected to have a material impact on SunGard’s financial results. The Pilot solution, built and us
10 Jan. 2012 Bloomberg Markets Magazine celebrates hedge fund achievement in difficult year [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London. Amidst the gloom of the end of year negative results for the hedge fund sector comes a little light with the February edition of Bloomberg Markets Magazine focussing on the heavyweights in the hedge fund world. Their cover story features the
10 Jan. 2012 Deutsche Bank and FRM Partner to launch first hedge fund seeding managed account platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Deutsche Bank and Financial Risk Management (FRM) today announced a partnership to launch the industry's first hedge fund seeding managed account platform. The dbalternatives Discovery platform, based on Deutsche Bank's established and award winning dbalternat
10 Jan. 2012 Hedge funds experience worst year since 2008; underperform equity markets in 2011 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hennessee Group LLC, an adviser to hedge fund investors, announced today that the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index declined -0.60% in December (-4.27% YTD), while the S&P 500 advanced +0.85% (-0.02% YTD), the Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced +1.43% (+5.52% YTD), and the NA
10 Jan. 2012 60% of hedge funds lost money in 2011 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Nearly 60% of hedge funds lost money in 2011, according to preliminary data from the HedgeFund Intelligence Database, which has received year end performance reports from 31% of its listed funds. The HedgeFund Intelligence Global Composite Index ended 2011 down
09 Jan. 2012 AI Advisors launches manages account platform and web portal [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: AI Advisors has announced today that it has launched its managed account platform (the "Platform") and web portal, designed to bridge the alternative investment and Investment Advisor markets.  AI Advisors sponsors a separately managed account p
09 Jan. 2012 Hedge funds conclude challenging 2011; position for 2012 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Hedge funds concluded a challenging 2011 with a decline in December, as the HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index declined by -0.18 percent, bringing full year 2011 performance to -4.8 percent, according to data released today by HFR (Hedge Fund Research, Inc.), the leading p
09 Jan. 2012 David Weinberger joins Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company to head portfolio management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company LLC ("PAAMCO") an alternative investment management firm, announced today that David Weinberger has joined as Managing Director, Head of Portfolio Management In his new role, Mr. Weinberger will initially work along
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