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01 Mar. 2012 Vulpes Investment Management announces launch of Vulpes Life-Sciences Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Over the past 12 years, the Vulpes partners have acquired significant stakes in a small number of selective, largely UK-based, life-science companies which they believe offer a huge discount to fair value. These assets will now be offered in a fund structure for co-inv
01 Mar. 2012 Swiss bank UBP acquires fund of hedge funds manager Nexar [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Union Bancaire Privée (UBP), a private bank with a fund of hedge funds unit, signed a definitive agreement to acquire Nexar Capital Group, a global alternative investment manager. According to today’s
01 Mar. 2012 IAM CEO predicts investment year ahead as less dependent on macro economic developments [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Morten Spenner, CEO at International Asset Management Limited (IAM), one of the oldest specialist independent fund of hedge funds managers, believes that while the evolving European developments have the potential to meaningfully impact the direction of markets, h
01 Mar. 2012 Kinetic asks how the FSA will implement the provisions of the AIFMD [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Regulatory and compliance consultantcy firm, Kinetic Partners, reports that the FSA’s January Discussion Paper concerning the transposition of the AIFMD Dire
29 Feb. 2012 Blackrock launches global initiative to “turn short-term savers into long-term investors” [more]
Opalesque Industry Update:BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE: BLK) today launched a multi-faceted global initiative that offers investors practical actions for building more dynamic, more diverse portfolios that these times require. Investing for a New World™ is designed to help investors large and small confro
29 Feb. 2012 Citco and Infonic announce strategic partnership [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Citco Fund Services, the global leader in provision of administration services to the alternatives sector, has announced a strategic partnership with Infonic AG of Switzerland. Building on the long-standing licensing arrangement to use its HedgeSphere technolog
29 Feb. 2012 Parker FX Index up +0.77% in January, top performer up +6.72% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a +0.77% return for the month of January. Fifty-one programs in the Index reported January results, of which thirty-two reported positive results, eighteen incurred losses and one manager was flat. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was u
29 Feb. 2012 Regulators, FBI crack down in an effort to curb 'widespread' insider trading [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Securities regulators in the United States along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are cracking down on insider trading. In a report released Tue
28 Feb. 2012 Liberty Securities announces the sale of 20% of its equity interest to Sturgeon Holdings [more]
Liberty Securities LLC, the second largest securities firm in Georgia, announced today that its majority shareholder, Liberty Capital LLC, has sold a 20% equity interest in Liberty Securities to Sturgeon Holdings Limited. Sturgeon’s wholl
28 Feb. 2012 Survey finds cost of health insurance for hedge fund managers rising at slower rate [more]
The cost of providing health care insurance to the hedge fund community is rising at a slower rate for the first time in years, according to SKCG Group’s Annual Hedge Fund Health Insurance Survey. According to SKCG’s analysis, insurance carriers raised
28 Feb. 2012 Fortress reports fourth quarter and year end 2011 financial results [more]
Fortress Investment Group LLC reported its fourth quarter and year end 2011 financial results. Fortress declared a fourth quarter 2
28 Feb. 2012 New Release of Paladyne Portfolio Master 8.0 – reaches 200 clients [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Paladyne Systems, Inc., a Broadridge Company (NYSE:BR) and leading provider of next generation investment management solutions, today announced a new release of Paladyne Portfolio Master™, its combined order management and portfolio management solution. Paladyne Portfolio
28 Feb. 2012 Europe – headache and hope for hedge fund managers [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London - SEB’s Northern European Financial Group reports that all major hedge fund strategies showed negative results in 2011, with Equity Hedge performing the absolute worst with a downturn of 19.1%
28 Feb. 2012 Bloomberg launches major global product evolution [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: After spending one year and $100m in research and product development, Bloomberg Professional Services, a global real-time financial information provider, has launched a new version of the Bloomberg terminal called
28 Feb. 2012 Dundee Leeds completes SSAE-16 audit of controls and operations [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: Alternative investments solutions provider Dundee Leeds has announced the completion of its annual review of the firm’s control system under the new SSAE-16 examination, completed by global audit firm Pricewaterhouse
27 Feb. 2012 Alternative funds hit their highest level in over four years as investors search for pockets of value [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - EPFR Global's latest survey found that the third week of February saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average flirt with the 13,000 point level, Greece move closer to securing the bailout needed to avoid a hard def
27 Feb. 2012 Survey finds that seed investors support start-up hedge funds over established hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Globally, 78 leading investors who provide capital to hedge fund managers upon launch (Day One) or within the first 12 months of a fund’s existence (Early Stage) allocated $12.4 billion to Day One/Early Stage managers from 2009-2011, with an average ticket size of $16 mil
27 Feb. 2012 John Budzyna and Maurice Holmes Join KPMG’s Alternative Investments Practice [more]
In a clear response to marketplace demand and growth opportunities in alternative investments, KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm, continues to expand its alternative funds team and today named industry figures John Budzyna and Maurice Holmes to key posts. Budzyna, an internationally r
27 Feb. 2012 Japanese hedge fund group AIJ suspected of losing $2.3bn of client funds [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – Sources from Japanese financial regulator Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission on Monday said that the missing $2.3bn (183.2bn yen) of client pension funds, which had been managed by hedge and other asset managers, AIJ Investment Advisors Co, may have b
27 Feb. 2012 Deacons given licence for retail sale of two RQFII funds [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission recently granted one of the island’s oldest and largest independent law firms, Deacons, a licence to offer for retail sale of two RQFII funds. The SFC g
27 Feb. 2012 Preqin: Private real estate fund raising remains low [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Private real estate fundraising improved slightly in the second half of 2011 but still remains significantly below 2007 levels according to new research from glo
24 Feb. 2012 HFRI Emerging Markets Index leads hedge fund industry with +4.4% return in January, top gains from Russia, Latin America [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Emerging Markets hedge funds led broad-based performance gains across the global hedge fund industry to start 2012, with the HFRI Emerging Markets (Total) Index gaining +4.4 percent for the month of January, as reported by HFR today with the most recent release of the Eme
24 Feb. 2012 Four hedge fund traders indicted in Black Diamond Capital Solutions Ponzi scheme [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Four mid-West-based hedge fund traders were indicted by a federal grand jury for charges that they created a $40m ponzi scheme according to a
23 Feb. 2012 Abacus Group recognized as top 100 managed service provider [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Abacus Group LLC (“Abacus”), the market leader in hosted technology services for hedge funds, today announced that it has been named to Nine Lives Media’s fifth annual MSPmentor 100 Global Edition, a distinguished list and report identifying the world’s top 100 managed ser
23 Feb. 2012 Hedge funds drown in high water marks [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Swiss bank Credit Suisse recently said that more than two thirds of hedge funds are below their high water marks. This means most of them are not getting their 20% fee on performance. Almost all hedge fund performance fees include a

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