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29 May. 2013 Union Bancaire Privée to acquire Lloyds Banking Group’s International Private Banking business [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Swiss private bank Union Bancaire Privée, UBP SA (“UBP”) has announced that it has agreed to acquire Lloyds Banking Group’s (“Lloyds”) International
29 May. 2013 LPFA welcomes new findings on pension fund fees [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The London Pensions Fund Authority has welcomed the findings of new research into local authority pension funds, which shows that LGPS funds could be paying hundreds of millions of pounds more than necessary to City fund m
29 May. 2013 SAC Capital loses another investor [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – It seems there is no end to SAC Capital’s Steven Cohen’s woes. On Tuesday, San Francisco-based Ironwood Capital Management sent a notice to SAC Capital it would pull out some $100m from the troubled hedge fund, adding to the list of worries for Cohen who is a
29 May. 2013 Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal confirms extended powers of SFC to prosecute New York hedge fund for insider trading [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Tiger Asia Management, a New York-based hedge fund will be prosecuted by the Hong Kong financial regulator following a landmark court decision handed down in Hong Kong on May 10. Hong Kong's Securities and Futures Commission (SFC),
29 May. 2013 BofAML’s composite index returns 1.45% month to date, 5.08% year to date [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s report this week finds that: Market Neutral a
28 May. 2013 AIMA calls for deeper global coordination of OTC derivatives regulation [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund industry association, has produced a
27 May. 2013 Preqin finds 80% of alternative investors plans to maintain or increase their allocations [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The latest survey from Preqin finds that investors are proactive and committed to alternative assets with at least 80% of investors in each alternative asset class plan to maintain or incre
27 May. 2013 Blackstone sent redemption request to SAC Capital [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – Blackstone Group, the largest outside investor in SAC Capital Advisors, is to pull out its money from the firm, Reuters reported. Reuters,
27 May. 2013 Interpol rebuffs Russian request to place hedge fund manager William Browder under surveillance [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – The International Police or Interpol on Friday rejected a request by Russian authorities to place hedge fund manager William Browder under surveillance by issuing an "all points bulletin" for the leader of the worldwide campaign for justice for slain lawyer Sergei
24 May. 2013 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended April 2013 down 1.80% (+0.14% YTD) on asset weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended April 2013 down 1.80% (0.14% YTD) on an asset weighted basis and fell 0.70% (-0.70% YTD) on an equal weighted basis. The aim of the Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index is to provide a comprehensive overview of th
24 May. 2013 Hedge funds' net long exposure reached a new high of 53%, more than last quarter’s record of 52% [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - According to Goldman, Sachs & Co.’ latest monthly Hedge Fund Trend Monitor, hedge fund net long exposure reached a new high of 53%, and the most popular (+17%) and the most concentrated (+23%) long positions outperformed the S&P500 (up 15% YTD then). H
23 May. 2013 UCITS HFS Index finishes erratic month with gains, up 0.35% in April (1.57% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update — The UCITS HFS Index continues its positive performance in 2013 with gains of 0.35% in April 2013. The broad index started negatively into the month with a weekly loss of -0.29% after the first week of trading. Things turned around in week two though with gains of 0.44% wh
23 May. 2013 Investment bank North Street Group acquires fund administrator Hedge Fund Solutions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update -- North Street Group, a capital markets and investment banking firm, today announced the acquisition of Hedge Fund Solutions, LLC, a New York based Alternative Asset Service Provider. Additionally, North Street Group announced the name change and rebranding of Hedge Fund S
23 May. 2013 AIMA examines the role that hedge funds can play in institutional portfolios in new paper [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA)’s Investor Steering Committee surveyed some of the most important institutional investors
23 May. 2013 U.S. prosecutors mull anti-racketeering law against Steve Cohen [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Government investigators are considering using the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act to pin Steven Cohen and his hedge fund firm SAC Capital in insider trading,
23 May. 2013 Australia vows improved hedge fund disclosure, seeks recognized definition [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Australia’s market regulator, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), said it would allow submissions from industry players to better define "hedge funds." The order was given on concerns that the current definition affected a number of funds
22 May. 2013 SaLaurMor Capital LP hires Anat Leon [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: SaLaurMor Capital LP has announced that Anat Leon has joined the firm as its Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Leon brings to SaLaurMor almost ten years of experience in the investment business, including a great deal of expertise in off-shore financial statement reporting. Ana
22 May. 2013 Eurekahedge Report finds hedge fund assets have reached historically high levels in North America [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The May 2013 report from Eurekahedge (subscription required) reports that: Hedge funds gained US$100
22 May. 2013 Morgan Creek Capital Management to acquire Signet Capital Management [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Investment firm Morgan Creek Capital Management has acquired Signet Capital Management a UK-based credit fund of funds with $700M in assets under management. Under the agreement, Signet will contribute its funds and senior investment management team to Morgan Creek
21 May. 2013 All Edhec-Risk Alternative indexes in positive territory in April and YTD (except for Short Selling) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In April 2013, the stock markets’ winning streak extended to six months. The S&P 500, with a 1.93% return, reached an all-time high while equity implied volatility remained extremely low, with the VIX at 13.5%. High-grade bonds rebounded (Lehman Global: 0.89%, Lehman
21 May. 2013 SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for May measures 3.77%, up from 2.95% in April [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for May 2013 measured 3.77%, up from 2.95% in April. Chart: www.globeopindex.com/forward_redemptions.go “Redemption requests are in line wi
21 May. 2013 April hedge fund asset flows slow to the smallest growth rate to start a year on record +0.2% [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Investor flows for hedge funds were effectively flat during the April and YTD net inflows of $5.8bn in the first four months is the slowest growth to start a year on record, according to the latest asset flow data from
21 May. 2013 Market neutral fund exposures near 2012 highs - Bank of America Merrill Lynch [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Market Neutral hedge funds have increased market exposure to 16% net long, approaching the 2012 high, according to
21 May. 2013 Senior SEC official supports hedge fund ads [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – All roads are leading to the lifting of the hedge fund advertising rule, as another senior official from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said she favors allowing hedge funds to publicly advertise. But SEC Commissioner Elisse Walter said the rule
21 May. 2013 Singapore may get ahead of Switzerland on tax matters [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - Bank secrecy was codified by the 1934 Swiss Banking Act, and is prevalent in certain countries such as Switzerland, Lebanon, Singapore and Luxembourg, as well as offshore banks and other tax h
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