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07 May. 2015 Maples Fund Services celebrates 10 years [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Maples Fund Services, a division of MaplesFS, marks a major milestone in 2015, celebrating its tenth anniversary – a decade of excellence and innovation. Since commencing operations in the Cayman Islands in 2005, Maples Fund Services has grown to become a recognised
07 May. 2015 Lawson Conner launches ‘Discovery’, a unique offshore investment management platform for Cayman Islands [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Lawson Conner, Europe’s provider of investment management and compliance solutions to the alternative investment fund industry, has launched ‘Discovery’, the first AIFM integrated offshore Investment Management Platform. ‘Discovery' will be structured as
07 May. 2015 Managers need to be aware of new SEC cybersecurity guidance [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The SEC last year examined 57 registered broker-dealers and 49 registered investment advisers to better understand how they address the legal, regulatory, and compliance issues associated with cybersecurity, and issued its initial
07 May. 2015 SFC recovers $190m for investors of collapsed Athena Fund [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Six years after freezing the assets of the Athena Fund, Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) managed to recover some $191m, pav
07 May. 2015 Yum Brands not an activist play for Dan Loeb [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Activist hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb dispelled concerns the restaurant chain company Yum! Brands was the target of an activist campaign. He was quoted by
07 May. 2015 Convergence: Trends in alternative asset management are leading to greater operating complexity [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Convergence Inc., a data provider based in South Norwalk, Connecticut, has just produced a report detailing its annual research insights
07 May. 2015 Hedge funds are looking into India’s startup scene [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds are drawn to India’s startup firms Bloomberg reported that at least 14 hedge fund firms, including Falcon Edge Capita
07 May. 2015 Brookfield aims to raise another $10bn to acquire out-of-favor assets [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Brookfield Asset Management, Canada’s largest alternative asset manager, is planning to raise another $10bn this year to "acquire assets in out-of-favor markets, or assets which have been burdened with too much financial leverage," reported
07 May. 2015 Man GLG hires two ex-Carmignac managers for new emerging markets equity fund [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Simon Pickard and Edward Cole have just joined Man GLG, the discretionary asset management arm of Man Group plc, to manage a new unconstrained emerging market equity fund. According to Man’s announcement today, the managers gather a total of 32 years of
06 May. 2015 DMS appoints John D'Agostino as managing director [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - DMS Offshore Investment Services Ltd., (DMS) the world’s largest fund governance firm, is expanding its New York City Office with the appointment of John D’Agostino as Managing Director. D’Agostino will lead the firm’s North and South American operations, direc
06 May. 2015 Kayne Anderson Real Estate Advisors closes fourth fund on over $1bn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Kayne Anderson Real Estate Advisors, the real estate private equity arm of Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P., today announced that it has closed its fourth fund, Kayne Anderson Real Estate Partners IV (KAREP IV), its largest to date, at more than $1.0 billion. KAREP I
06 May. 2015 Idinvest Digital Fund II closes on €140 million [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Idinvest Partners, the leading European Private Equity firm specialising in SMEs, has announced the final closing of its Idinvest Digital Fund II at €140 million. The fund is entirely dedicated to financing the growth of developing businesses in the digital and new techno
06 May. 2015 AIMA: Hedge funds step up financing of the economy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund firms and other alternative asset managers are playing an increasingly important role in financing the economy, according to a new paper published by the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund association. The pape
06 May. 2015 HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index up 0.50% in April (+5.11% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial markets posted mixed performance for April, as Chinese equities posted sharp gains on record trading volume, Oil posted strong gains and the M&A environment accelerated with new transaction announcements; global equity markets posted gains for the mon
06 May. 2015 New market regime has created more dispersion between managers [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The month of April has marked the transition toward a new market regime, Philippe Ferreira, Lyxor AM’s head of research, managed account platform, commented in the May 5's Weekly Briefing. "The first quart
06 May. 2015 Och-Ziff reports 13% rise in assets y-o-y to reach $48.3bn [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC reported on Tuesday that its assets under management (AuM) had increased by 13% year-over-year to $48.3bn as of March 3
06 May. 2015 Former New Stream Capital exec David Bryson sentenced to 33 months by Federal court [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A U.S. court has sentenced David Bryson, a former managing partner at failed hedge fund firm New Stream Capital, to 33 months in prison, on Tuesday, after he pleaded guilty to conspiring in a fraudulent scheme that started in 2007. New Haven, Connecticut federal
06 May. 2015 South African manager Fairtree Capital registers three hedge funds in Caymans [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Fairtree Capital, a South African diversified fund manager, has recently completed the Cayman Islands registration of three of its hedge funds. The three funds are now incorporated within the Fairtree Funds
05 May. 2015 Hedge funds post best gains since 2011, up 2.4% in Q1 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds generated their strongest gains in the first three months of 2015 and outperformed the S&P 500 with the HFRI Fund Weighted Composite index returning 2.4% and the HFRI Fund of Funds Composite index was up 2.5%. This was the industry’s best performance sin
05 May. 2015 Avenue Capital raises $700m for new energy hedge fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Global hedge fund Avenue Capital Group, which manages $13bn in assets as at end March, reported that it raised an additional $700m for a new energy fund that it plans to launch in May. Avenue Ca
05 May. 2015 All six Market Vectors long/short indices gain YTD [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Market Vectors Index Solutions (MVIS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Van Eck Associates, reported that all its six investable long/short equity indices gained in the first four months of 2015. MVIS said that the Ma
04 May. 2015 Warren Buffett: Reinsurance prospects have turned for the worse [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: As more and more hedge funds are piling into the reinsurance market, Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., predicted that the reinsurance industry is heading into a slump, reported
04 May. 2015 Regiment Capital to close credit hedge fund due to losses from oil prices [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Boston-based Regiment Capital Advisors said it would close its long/short credit hedge after suffering losses of 8.8% from the oil price slump last year, Bloomberg
04 May. 2015 Class-action lawsuit accuse hedge fund Standard General of holding American Apparel hostage [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A shareholder class-action suit filed on Wednesday accused New York-based hedge fund Standard General of holding American Apparel hostage. It would reportedly reap huge benefits if the clothing company declared bankruptcy. Standard General is the controlling sto
01 May. 2015 SEC launches outreach program for investment advisers [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The SEC is launching a new outreach program for investment advisers. The regulator will hold compliance outreach seminars in six cities this year. The seminars are jointly sponsored by the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, Division of Inve
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