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07 Oct. 2016 US hedge fund industry holds $2.2tn in assets [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The US is the dominant component of the global hedge fund community, accounting for 72% of the approximately $3.1tn of global assets under management (AUM), as of 30th June 2016. Although other regions are emerging as regards hedge fund activity, the US is home to 3,170 o
07 Oct. 2016 Joseph S. Lovell joins Perella Weinberg Partners as managing director [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Perella Weinberg Partners has announced that Joseph S. Lovell has joined the firm as a Managing Director in its Advisory business. Based in New York, Mr. Lovell will be a member of the Firm’s Financial Institutions Group (FIG), working closely with Partner Titus Leung to
07 Oct. 2016 J.P. Morgan Asset Management launches Center for Investment Excellence [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - J.P. Morgan Asset Management has launched its Center for Investment Excellence, a virtual education hub featuring an expanding set of podcasts and publications designed to help provide institutional investors with information that can be leveraged to empower better invest
07 Oct. 2016 Financial advisors give two thumbs up to alternative investments, pick Donald to trump Hillary [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Financial advisors have given alternative investments two thumbs up as a majority of them have pledged to increase their allocations into the space in 2017, a survey by alternative financial solutions firm Wood
07 Oct. 2016 Cornut to liquidate $500m hedge fund, Camares Capital [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Former Deutsche Bank trader Antoine Cornut has revealed plans to liquidate his $500m London-based hedge fund that was backed by Saba Capital and Reservoir Capital, the
06 Oct. 2016 Alternative asset industry should address cybersecurity threats [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: With cybersecurity continue to grow into a worldwide crisis, the alternative asset management industry should not procrastinate in addressing its threat, said Michael Minces, founding partner and general counsel of
06 Oct. 2016 HK hedge fund secures investment mandate from major Chinese financial institution, Asia-based HNWI [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hong Kong-based independent investment advisor Pacific Sun Advisors recently won an investment mandate from one of China’s largest financial institutions. The managed account allocation, which includes funds fr
06 Oct. 2016 M&A expert Claudia Simon joins Schulte Roth & Zabel [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: International law firm Schulte Roth & Zabel (SRZ) said that Claudia K. Simon has joined the firm's New York office as a partner in the M&A and Securities Group. Simon
05 Oct. 2016 SYZ launches OYSTER European Subordinated Bonds Fund to strengthen fixed income offering [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SYZ Asset Management, the asset management division of the SYZ Group, has launched the OYSTER European Subordinated Bonds fund. The new strategy strengthens its existing fixed income range and offers investors access to attractive yield in a low-income environment. The fu
05 Oct. 2016 Global hedge funds post seven straight months of gains, up 0.55% in September [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds posted seven straight months of gains for September as the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index returned +0.55% last month (+1.33% YTD) and the HFRX Market Directional Index gained +
05 Oct. 2016 Trinity College’s endowment loses 5.4% from stocks, hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Trinity College vice president of finance and chief financial officer Dan J. Hitchell said that the university’s endowment lost 5.4% over the 2016 fiscal year after the fund declined from $546.3m to $502.8m during the period. Trinity’s official student newspaper
05 Oct. 2016 MUFG’s Thornton said asset managers must address solvency issues, examine service providers [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Tim Thornton, COO of asset servicing solutions firm MUFG Investor Services, said that asset managers must address the solvency issues affecting the industry as he commented on the rising capital requir
05 Oct. 2016 MaplesFS expands in London to strengthen global capabilities [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: MaplesFS, through its subsidiary Maples Fiduciary, has opened a London office to continue its global growth and expansion over the last year. The London office will allow the Maples group to address market demand an
04 Oct. 2016 Maitland appoints senior executive to lead governance function [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Maitland, the global advisory and fund administration firm, has appointed Martina Swart to the newly created role of Group Head of Governance Services. Martina joins from Orbis Investment Advisory, where she was a senior adviser to the business, covering governa
04 Oct. 2016 Yasho Lahiri joins DLA Piper as director of institutional investor practice [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - DLA Piper announced today that Yasho Lahiri has joined the firm’s Corporate practice and Investment Funds group as a partner in New York. Lahiri represents both fund sponsors and institutional investors in connection with the formation, capitalization and restru
04 Oct. 2016 Campbell & Company hires Joseph Kelly as managing director [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Campbell & Company today announced that Joseph D. Kelly joined the firm and will assume the role of Managing Director, Client Solutions Group. Mr. Kelly will be responsible for Campbell’s institutional sales and consultant relations efforts. Campbell & Company is
04 Oct. 2016 Multifonds delivers new single investment accounting platform for Great-West Life [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Multifonds, the leader in single-platform, multi-jurisdictional investment fund software, has announced the ‘go live’ of its partnership with The Great-West Life Assurance Company, a leading Canadian insurer, with over C$400 billion in assets under administration.
04 Oct. 2016 Sydney Stock Exchange blockchain project reaches first milestone [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - APX Settlement Pty Limited, the Sydney Stock Exchange’s joint venture with Bit Trade Labs to develop a blockchain based settlement solution, has successfully prototyped its blockchain smart register for real-time issuance and allocation of equity securities. This marks th
04 Oct. 2016 Janus Capital Group and Henderson Group announce recommended merger of equals [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Highlights Combined group, Janus Henderson Global Investors plc, will be a leading global active asset manager with AUM of more than U.S.$320 billion and a combined market capitalisation of approximately U.S.$6 billion Janus
04 Oct. 2016 Insurers accuse Beechwood Re of assisting hedge fund Platinum Partners commit fraud [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Insurance firms Bankers Conseco Life Insurance Company and Washington National Life Insurance Company have accused Beechwood Re Ltd. of "bamboozling" them into turning over a $550m trust, without informing that it was used as a front for "high-risk" hedge fund Plati
04 Oct. 2016 Hong Kong market regulator expands short position reporting [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hong Kong market regulator, the Securities and Futures Commission said that a new rule on short position reporting will take effect on March 15, 201
04 Oct. 2016 Merger arbitrage hedge funds expected to continue to rise in Q4, CTAs outperform [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Lyxor Hedge Fund index ended the week in positive territory, fuelled by CTAs, Lyxor Asset Management said in its Weekly Briefing. Global macro funds were the primary laggards, it said. Opportunities for merger arbi
03 Oct. 2016 Axa IM creates global platform for alternative credit [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) has merged its Alternative Solutions and Structured Finance teams to create a single global alternative credit platform under the leadership of Deborah Shire, Head of Structured Finance. The merger will create a single alternat
03 Oct. 2016 Carl Grimstad sues Cooperman’s hedge fund, iPayment debtholders over alleged illegal scheme 'to steal the firm’ [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Carl Grimstad, the founder and former CEO of iPayment Holdings, and Corrib Capital Management L.P. have sued iPayment debtholders Chatham Asset Management, AllianceBernstein, and Leon Cooperman's Omega Associates, along with certain members of the iPayment Board
03 Oct. 2016 Europe’s shareholder activism gaining grounds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: While shareholder activism in Europe still hasn't matched the levels seen in the U.S., investors and the public are becoming accustomed to the idea of shareholders agitating for changes at struggling companies. "The train is running and it's running
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