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04 Feb. 2015 Police starts probe against four Scots over collapse of £400m hedge fund Heather Capital [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The police in the UK has placed four individuals, including Glasgow-born financier Gregory King, under investigation over the collapse of the £400m hedge fund firm Heather Capital at the height of the global financial crisis, reported the
04 Feb. 2015 Hedge fund manager Bill Browder reveals extent of Russian corruption in new book 'Red Notice’ [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: William (Bill) Browder, co-founder of hedge fund Hermitage Capital Management and once the largest international investor in Russia, lifts the lid on Kremlin corruption and describes how Putin and his regime will stop at nothing for the criminal acquisition of wealt
03 Feb. 2015 Alternative UCITS grow 41% in 2014 to EUR 224.3 billion [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The strength of alternative UCITS sector continued to grow with assets under management (AuM) increasing 41% to EUR 224.3 billion in 2014, illustrating the robust demand seen for alternative UCITS funds, according to the latest
03 Feb. 2015 SS&C acquires Advent Capital for $2.7bn [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Global financial services software provider S&C Technologies Holdings announced it has entered into a definitive agreement with Advent Software. Under the terms of
03 Feb. 2015 Hedge fund manager Paul Singer slams government policies on securities [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Elliot Management founder Paul Singer has slammed the U.S. government’s policy of encouraging traders to make concentrated bets in "overpriced" securities. He said that the policy is responsible for pushing the markets to unjustified highs. He was quoted by
03 Feb. 2015 Hedge funds gain in January, outperform major equity indices [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds started the year with strong alpha generation as the industry outperformed major equity indices. The Lyxor HFI Index is up by 1.4% last month versus -1.2% for the MSCI World, reported Lyxor Asset Management
03 Feb. 2015 SAC Capital’s Steven Cohen looking for college graduates to join 'army of investment professionals’ [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Less than 16 months after his former hedge fund firm SAC Capital Advisors pleaded guilty to insider trading charges, billionaire Steven A. Cohen is recruiting college graduates to join his "army of hundreds of investment professionals," reported
02 Feb. 2015 Outflows, management row hurting hedge fund Brewan Howard as assets fall [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Brevan Howard’s assets shrunk to $32.8bn at the end of December from $37.3bn at the end of May 2014, because of poor performance, management row and billions in outflows, reported
02 Feb. 2015 Bill Ackman to invest in hedge fund Clearfield [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Activist investor Bill Ackman has thrown his support to Phil Hilal’s new start up hedge fund Clearfield Capital Management, reported the Jewish Business News
02 Feb. 2015 van Eyk investors still to collect $20m from collapsed hedge fund and research firm [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Retail investors of the Sydney-based research and funds management house van Eyk are still awaiting for their $20m exposure from the collapsed hedge fund firm three months after its liquidation, said
30 Jan. 2015 DMS Offshore appoints former Goldman Sachs exec as Director [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - DMS Offshore Investment Services (DMS), the world's largest fund governance firm, has appointed Westley Chapman as a Director. Mr. Chapman will serve on the boards of investment funds, providing independent oversight on governance and compliance matters.
30 Jan. 2015 New York Hedge Fund Roundtable survey: fall in oil prices presents opportunities [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Members of The New York Hedge Fund Roundtable, a non-profit industry organization committed to promoting ethics and best practices in the alternative investment industry, believe falling oil prices will present opportunities for hedge funds and expect 2015 will be a posi
30 Jan. 2015 FX hedge funds gain 3.65% in 2014 on strong U.S. dollar [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The strong U.S. dollar and the continued downward spiral of oil prices helped push FX hedge funds to gain 3.65% in 2014, said Parker Global Strategies. The Parker FX Index reported a +0.67% return for the month of D
30 Jan. 2015 Update: Hedge fund manager Francisco Illarramendi sentenced to 13 years in prison [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A U.S. court on Thursday sentenced convicted hedge fund manager Francisco Illarramendi, 45, to 13 years in prison for running an elaborate Ponzi scheme in Connecticut that bilked investors hundreds of millions in dollars, including a Venezuelan pension fund, reports
30 Jan. 2015 Endowments average 15.5% return in FY2014 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Educational endowments, some of the leading investors in alternatives, averaged 15.5% return for FY2014, according to the latest NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. This is an increase over FY2013, which saw 11.7%. In total, the study looks at 832 institution
29 Jan. 2015 Citi Survey forecasts 30% decline in hedge fund industry profits due to poor performance in 2014 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund industry profits in 2013 reached $31.2 billion but poor performance in 2014 cut that figure by 30% to only $21.9 billion, a loss of nearly $10 billion, Citi estimates in their 3rd Annual Hedge Fund Industry Operating Metrics Survey. Institutionalizati
29 Jan. 2015 Executives said to leave Fortress after macro plunge [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Chief Risk Officer Sherif Sweillam and portfolio manager Tye Schlegelmilch, are said to have resigned from Fortress this month according
29 Jan. 2015 Hedge funds Apollo and TPG win Caesars bankruptcy case [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A U.S. Bankruptcy Judge in Delaware on Wednesday ruled that the bankruptcy of the operating unit of Caesars Entertainment Corp's would proceed in Chicago. The judge ruling resolved the odd situation of Caesars being in two bankruptcies at once. This was a vi
29 Jan. 2015 NewOak’s new hedge fund to focus on non-QM jumbo mortgage [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The asset management unit of NewOak, a U.S.-based financial advisory firm, announced the launch of a new private fund that focuses on buying newly originated, nonqualified residential mortgages with slightly weaker credit than a traditional prime jumbo loan. Des
28 Jan. 2015 Clearbrook Global Advisors hires head of hedged index strategies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Clearbrook Global Advisors, a privately held, independent investment advisory firm, today announced the appointment of Manit Rye as Managing Director and Head of Hedged Index Strategies. Mr. Rye will be based in the firm’s New York headquarters and report to Elliott Wisla
28 Jan. 2015 Fundbase obtains FINMA approval to represent and distribute foreign collective investment schemes in Switzerland [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - By the end of December 2014, Fundbase Fund Services AG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Pfaeffikon-based Fundbase Holding AG, received approval from the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) to act as representative and distributor of foreign collective in
28 Jan. 2015 Preqin: Private equity on pace to beat 2014 commitment totals [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - 2014 was the strongest year of private equity investments since the global financial crisis, yet the majority of private equity fund managers are looking to invest more this year. Preqin spoke to 260 firms* worldwide in November last year, and 55% claimed they would be
28 Jan. 2015 AIMA and CAIA launch series of hedge fund papers for pension fund trustees [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund association, and the CAIA Association, the global leader in alternative investment education, have jointly published the first of a series of educational papers about hedge funds for pension f
28 Jan. 2015 Hedge fund Bridgewater gains on back of Swiss franc move [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The $160bn hedge fund firm Bridgewater Associates run by Ray Dalio posted a 4.5% gain this month through Jan. 16 in one of its hedge funds after benefiting from the Swiss National Bank's sudden decision to allow the franc to trade freely against the euro. Ac
28 Jan. 2015 Update: Prosecutors seek 12 years for hedge fund manager Francisco Illarramendi [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Federal prosecutors have asked the court to sentence convicted hedge fund manager Francisco Illarramendi to 12 years imprisonment for running an elaborate Ponzi scheme that bilked investors hundreds of millions in dollars, including a Venezuelan pension fund, report
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    Texas County & District culls 5 hedge funds, reallocates to existing managers Texas County & District Retirement System, Austin, continues to reduce the number of hedge funds, but not the size of its $6.2 billion hedge fund portfolio. It will redeem a total of $760 million from five hedg

  2. Opalesque Roundtable: Australian family offices search for good risk adjusted returns, happy to pay for skill[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Australian family offices want foremost good risk adjusted returns, and they are happy to pay for the skill, and in some cases, the limited capacity of an active manager. Jonas Daly, Head of Distribution at B

  3. StepStone announces close of Swiss Capital acquisition[more]

    StepStone Group LP announced it has successfully closed the acquisition of Swiss Capital Alternative Investments AG, one of the leading private debt and hedge fund solutions providers in Europe. The transaction was originally announced in May 2016, and has been in the process of receiving regulatory

  4. Investing - Stephen Cohen investing $275m in free clinics treating veterans' mental health issues, California Resources loses favor with hedge funds[more]

    Stephen Cohen investing $275m in free clinics treating veterans' mental health issues From Healthcarefinancenews.com: …Now, a new chain of free mental health clinics for vets has opened in five cities across the United States to fill the gap. The much-needed new treatment is underwritten

  5. Hedge funds flat in last week of November 'in sympathy with markets’[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds were close to flat in the last week of November in sympathy with markets, which took a pause ahead of the OPEC meeting and Italian referendum. The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was -0.1% as of end November 29 (-1.7% YTD), according to the latest