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24 Feb. 2017 ASR to offer Swiss representation for FINMA authorized funds (UCITS) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ARM Swiss Representatives SA (ASR) is expanding its services to offer Swiss representation for FINMA authorized funds (UCITS). ASR is a leading independent FINMA-regulated Swiss representative firm founded in 2014 by Anne Simond and Greg Taylor to provide local repres
24 Feb. 2017 Private Equity Lawyer Jeff Legault joins DLA Piper in New York [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - DLA Piper announced today that Jeff Legault has joined the firm's Corporate practice as a partner in New York. Legault focuses on mergers and acquisitions, both public and private, with a particular emphasis on private equity transactions across a range of industries,
24 Feb. 2017 Are convertible bonds an all-weather asset? [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Schroders writes on Harvest Exchange: Does equity protection mean bond risk? For investors in convertible bonds, the protection offered d
24 Feb. 2017 Emerging markets hedge fund capital rose by $9.3bn in 2016 despite net investor outflows [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Emerging markets hedge fund assets climbed to a record $200.7bn to begin 2017 on a strong note because of strong capital inflows in the last quarter of last year, reported the latest
24 Feb. 2017 Gordian Group launches GEMS [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Gordian Group, an investment banking firm specializing in complex, "story" and distressed situation advisory assignments has launched Gordian Equity Management Services. The new firm will provide asset management services to private equity firms on a contract ba
24 Feb. 2017 State Street study says investment firms lag on new technology [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: A new report from State Street says that many investment firms are falling behind when it comes to embracing new technology. The report findings are the result of a global survey of 2,000 investors and 500 investment providers. State Street argues that lea
23 Feb. 2017 K2 Advisors : Why We Like Activist Hedge Fund Strategies and Some Thoughts on Alpha [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Rob Christian, Senior Managing Director, Head of Research K2 Advisors, Franklin Templeton Solutions, writes on Harvest Exchange: When d
23 Feb. 2017 Investors in alternatives found to heavily expand into more alternative asset classes [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A study by data provider Preqin has found that institutional investors are looking for exposure to an ever-widening range of alternative asset classes, with half now holding allocations to three or more. Preqin&
22 Feb. 2017 CalPERS elects new chair and vice chair of investment committee [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Henry Jones has been named Chair and Bill Slaton Vice Chair of the California Public Employees' Retirement System's investment committee. Jones was first elected to the CalPERS in 2007 by retired CalPERS members. He was re-elected to terms beginning in 2012 and 20
22 Feb. 2017 Insider selling approaching panic level [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Jeff Seymour, Engineer. Investment Advisor. Greedometer algo inventor, writes on Harvest Exchange: The past 7 weeks (first 7 weeks of this year)
22 Feb. 2017 Institutional investors plan to raise allocations to alternative assets in 2017 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A survey by Context Summits Miami showed that nearly 72% of institutional investors and family offices plan to raise their allocations to alternative asset managers this year, suggesting continued strong demand for the industry. "As many large, brand name f
21 Feb. 2017 Eurekahedge Fund Index up 0.87% in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds started the year up 0.87% in January with managers reporting performance-based gains of US$1.3 billion. Investor subscriptions stood at US$1.2 billion during the start of the year. In annual year 2016, final asset flow figures show that manager saw redemptions
21 Feb. 2017 Comment: Snap is more like YouTube 2.0 [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: IPO Candy writes on Harvest Exchange: Now that we've had a chance to puzzle over the Snap roadshow (you can see the Snap slides here and we have done a
21 Feb. 2017 Hedge funds deliver strong results in February as macro strategies rebound [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds delivered strong results of as 14 February, supported by the risk-on sentiment across the board. The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up 1%, fuelled by macro strategies in particular, Lyxor Asset Management repor
20 Feb. 2017 Northern Trust to acquire Fund Services Units of UBS in Luxembourg and Switzerland [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UBS Group AG and Northern Trust Corporation announce that UBS AG has entered into an agreement for Northern Trust to acquire UBS Asset Management's fund administration servicing units in Luxembourg and Switzerland. The acquisition will enable Northern Trust to exp
20 Feb. 2017 Tages Capital launches third single-strategy UCITS alternative fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Tages Capital, in partnership with Madrid based Cygnus Asset Management, announced the launch of the Tages Cygnus Europa Event Driven UCITS Fund, the third sub-fund of Tages International Funds SICAV, a UCITS compliant umbrella fund structure. Cygnus Asset Management
20 Feb. 2017 Top hedge funds exit energy, consumer discretionary and healthcare in Q4: S&P [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: According to S&P Global Market Intelligence's review of Q4 2016 filings by pure play hedge funds, the top hedge funds dropped their holdings of energy, consumer discretionary and healthcare, as well as, but to a lesser degree (in millions of dollar
20 Feb. 2017 Latin America, high yields and Asia Pacific strategies dominate hedge fund returns in January [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Latin America (+7.04%), high yield (5.63%), and Asia-Pacific (+5.06%) strategies dominated hedge fund performance in January, data provider Hennesee Fund Research said. The bottom three strategies for the mont
20 Feb. 2017 Paper: The real market skill for many hedge funds may be with their timing of volatility and not returns [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Mark Rzepczynski, AMPHI Research and Trading, writes on Harvest Exchange: For many investment strategies, the difference between a good and a b
17 Feb. 2017 MiFID II: The regulatory barrier to innovation [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Patricia Regnault, Europe head of asset management at Linedata, the leading international software and technology provider, responds to interim findings in the UK FCA's Asset Management Market Study around barriers to entry, innovation and technological advances, ahead of
17 Feb. 2017 Gramercy appoints Bradshaw McKee as managing director of Capital Solutions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Gramercy Funds Management LLC, a $5.8 billion dedicated emerging markets investment manager, today announced the appointment of Bradshaw McKee to the position of Managing Director, Capital Solutions and Distressed Portfolio Manager. Mr. McKee has over 24 years of dist
17 Feb. 2017 Hedge fund investor redemptions accelerate through 2016 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Despite hedge funds returning 7.40% over 2016, investors continued to withdraw capital over the year; the industry saw overall net asset outflows totalling $110bn in 2016. Preqin's latest research finds that the rate of redemptions accelerated through the year, from n
17 Feb. 2017 Comment: Rickety Rationale for Commodity Investing [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: RCM Alternatives writes on Harvest Exchange: More than a few are likely to be confused and/or upset when and if commodity prices go on a tear hi
17 Feb. 2017 HgCapital closes two funds on GBP3.1 billion [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: European private equity firm HgCapital has closed two funds on GBP3.1 billion. Both funds - HgCapital 8 and Mercury 2, were oversubscribed. HgCapital 8 closed with GBP2.5 billion after only 5 months in market, having launched in September 2016. HgCapital Me
17 Feb. 2017 SSGA promotes Engel to Global Active Quantitative Equities Team CIO [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: State Street Global Advisors, the asset management business of State Street Corporation, has promoted Olivia Engel to the newly-created role of deputy chief investment officer for its Global Active Quantitative Equities (AQE) team. Engel, who currently serves as
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