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07 Nov. 2011 Man appoints Yifei Li as country chair for China [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Man Group plc (�Man�), today announces a significant step in establishing its presence in China, with the appointment of Yifei Li as Country Chair, China. Li has 18 years of senior management experience, having successfully led the expansion of several multinational c
07 Nov. 2011 New Oyster funds classes launched in Swiss francs [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Swiss banking group SYZ & CO announced today the launch of new classes in CHF for seven OYSTER funds, which are already available in Switzerland in other currencies. By offering investors the choice of the reference currency, SYZ & CO can better address the specific n
07 Nov. 2011 UCITS HFS Index breaks negative trend, up +0.68% in October 2011 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After two down months the UCITS HFS Index was able to break the negative trend and gained +0.68% in October 2011. Following two rather tumultuous months in the financial markets the UCITS HFS Index started with a slight weekly loss of -0.12% into the month. Week two and t
05 Nov. 2011 Hedge funds redeem $5bn in September, industry assets down to 1.72tln say BarclayHedge and TrimTabs [more]
Opalesque Industry Update � Hedge funds redeemed $5.0 billion in September, the second outflow in three months, report BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research. Industry assets decreased to $1.72 trillion, the lowest level in 12 months. �Hedge fund investors have grown much more cautiou
05 Nov. 2011 Peak Partners launches new single manager FX fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Leading specialist in alternative investment solutions Peak Partners launched on November 1st, 2011 a single manager Fund, specialized in trading the Foreign Exchange market. Mr. Richard Morrish, Partner and Portfolio Manager says: “Calling on 35 y
04 Nov. 2011 UCITS Alternative Index Global up 1.81% in October bringing its YTD performance to -2.71% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The UCITS Alternative Index Global is up in October (1.81%) bringing its year to date performance to -2.71%. The Fund of Funds Index is up 0.10% reaching -3.99% this year. In October, all strategies are up, except for CTA and FX. Emerging Markets is the best performing st
03 Nov. 2011 Mizuho-Eurekahedge Index USD -3.93% in September, -2.07% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Eurekahedge is pleased to announce that the new Mizuho-Eurekahedge Index is now live and available on the Eurekahedge website. The Mizuho-Eurekahedge Index is the banner name for a new suite of asset weighted, global indices. Performance highlights
03 Nov. 2011 Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index up 1.85% in October (down 6.13% YTD) as five out of seven strategies posted gains [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index was up 1.85% in October as five out of seven strategies posted gains. Oliver Schupp, President of Credit Suisse Index Co., LLC, said, “Event Driven was the highest performing sector last month as many managers restruct
03 Nov. 2011 Scipion Capital hires two ahead of new investment and product launches [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Scipion Capital (“Scipion”), the African investment specialist, has expanded its team in Geneva and London in anticipation of new investment and product launches over the next six months. Two new hires, Jonathan Hargreaves as Analyst and Jean Cochard as Offic
03 Nov. 2011 Asian hedge funds AuM decline to $82bn in Q3 despite investor inflows of $1.4bn says HFR [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - HFRX China Index tops Shanghai Composite despite quarterly decline; Sixth consecutive quarter of inflows to Asian hedge funds Global hedge fund investors allocated over $1.4 billion in net new capital to Asian hedge funds in 3Q11 as global financial
03 Nov. 2011 ConceptONE brings in Form PF preparation and advisory services for private fund advisors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The final version of Form PF was confirmed by the SEC and the CFTC on October 31, 2011 (see: www.cftc.gov/PressRoom/PressReleases/pr6132-11). Since it was initially prop
03 Nov. 2011 Brencourt Advisors to manage Central Park Group's event driven fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Central Park Group, LLC announced today that Brencourt Advisors, LLC has assumed portfolio management responsibility for Central Park Group Multi-Event Fund, a multi-strategy event-driven fund. The Fund invests in credit opportunities, merger arbitrage and equity special
02 Nov. 2011 Oddo AM appoints BNY Mellon as fund administrator and trustee for new merger arbitrage hedge fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – BNY Mellon, the global leader in investment management and investment services, has been appointed by Oddo Asset Management (Oddo AM) to provide fund administration and custody services for its new hedge fund, Orsay Merger Arbitrage. Oddo AM, the asset managem
02 Nov. 2011 French incubator NewAlpha invests in Zurich-based hedge fund manager HSCA [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - NewAlpha Asset Management, the Paris-based global hedge fund incubation specialist, announced its 17th strategic investment with Heieck Siebrecht Capital Advisors (HSCA) AG, a Zürich-based hedge fund management firm focused on German equities. As of 1st Nove
02 Nov. 2011 Neptune selects SunGard’s APT to help manage risk and meet UCITS requirements [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Neptune Investment Management, a boutique investment manager, has selected SunGard’s APT, a leading risk management and portfolio construction solution, to help with internal and external risk reporting. Neptune, which has over £7 billion assets under management, wi
01 Nov. 2011 Horizon Cash Management hires Danielle Blount as portfolio analyst [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Horizon Cash Management LLC, the leading investment advisor specializing in active cash management solutions for the alternative investment industry, today announced that it has hired Danielle Blount as portfolio analyst. Ms. Blount works closely with the portfoli
01 Nov. 2011 Rothstein Kass issues updated alternative investment fund pro forma financial statements manual [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Rothstein Kass, a leading service provider to the alternative investment community, has published the “Alternative Investment Fund Proforma Financial Statements Reference Manual,” an advanced reference guide for preparers of financial statements for hedge and hybrid funds
01 Nov. 2011 Institutional investors to drive secondary hedge fund market [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Sovereign wealth funds, pension funds and family offices are allocating increasingly large tranches of capital to illiquid hedge funds in the search for high-yielding long-term investment solutions, says Florian de Sigy, CEO and founder of specialist brokerage and advisor
01 Nov. 2011 Joint statement from CFTC and SEC on MF Global collapse [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Commodity Futures Trading Commission and Securities and Exchange Commission today made the following joint statement: “For several days, the SEC, CFTC and other regulators had been closely monitoring developments affecting MF Global, Inc., a jointly register
01 Nov. 2011 Kevin Pilarski joins PwC as Financial Services Advisory Director [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Kevin Pilarski announced today that he took a new position at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. In his new role, he is a Director in the Financial Services Advisory practice, focusing on the derivatives markets, regulation and alternative investments. Kevin is a capital mar
01 Nov. 2011 Younger funds are a safer bet than older funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In its most recent client monthly newsletter, GFIA pte ltd, the Singapore based specialist in skill-based managers in Asian and emerging markets reviewed relationship between the age of Asian hedge funds, and their performance, during the different market environments.<
31 Oct. 2011 EU publishes proposal for Directive regulating transparency and short selling [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - On 25 October 2011, the European Commission published the provisional text of a proposal for a directive to amend the Transparency Directive ("TD"), together with an impact assessment, and some frequently asked questions. This came hot on the heels of the agree
31 Oct. 2011 CME Group limits MF Global Trading to liquidation only [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Effective immediately, and until further notice, CME's Emergency Financial Committee, in accordance with rule 975, is limiting all trading for customers of MF Global for liquidation only. In addition, and until further notice, CME Group will no longer r
28 Oct. 2011 Update: Hedge fund industry assets down to $2.46tln (end-Sept) as investors withdrew around $19.3bn in Q3 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – eVestment HFN has published its hedge fund industry summary for September 2011. Highlights from the report are below. • Total estimated hedge fund assets at the end of September 2011 were $2.463 trillion, a decrease of 2.92%, or $74.1 billion from August. Performance
28 Oct. 2011 Expect to see surge in hedge fund M&A activity in Q4 says Madison Street

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Opalesque Industry Update – According to Madison Street Capital’s “Fall 2011 M&A Outlook – Hedge Fund Industry” report, M&A activity in the hedge fund industry in 2011, as indicated by both the number and size of completed transactions, can best be described as sluggish. H

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