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20 Jul. 2015 Hedge fund Raging Capital outperforms S&P in first half of 2015 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Princeton, New Jersey-based hedge fund firm Raging Capital Management outperformed the market in the first half of 2015; the Raging Capital Master Fund, Ltd, which focuseson small to mid-cap public equities, gaine
17 Jul. 2015 Barclay CTA Index Down 1.71% in June (+0.05% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures traders lost 1.71% in June according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index remains up 0.05% year to date. “Trend reversals in equities, energy, and the US Dollar resulted in losses for 72 percent of the funds that have repo
17 Jul. 2015 IRS likely to challenge basket contracts [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The IRS issued two notices late last week that suggest the Service is likely to start challenging basket contract transactions, and assessing penalties. According to the IRS, basket options contracts and basket contracts could be used as schemes for tax avoidanc
17 Jul. 2015 Investors in key Asian fund markets have varying priorities [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A study from BNY Mellon and Oxford Metrica has found that investor attitudes in four key Asian countries have major differences as well as similarities that should be kept in mind by investment firms seeking to penetrate these markets. The study,
16 Jul. 2015 Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark down 0.75% in June (4.5% YTD), ending positive five-month streak [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry has posted average returns of -0.75% for June 2015, the first month this year of negative performance. Despite this, the benchmark has still returned 4.50% year-to-date. Single-manager hedge funds were not the only fund structures which
16 Jul. 2015 Macro strategies lead hedge fund decline in June [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Macro strategies led the decline in hedge fund performance in June 2015, says BarclayHedge, a data provider, as the Global Macro Index dropped 2.24% that month (+1.13% YTD). The
16 Jul. 2015 Systematic macro manager QCM launches UCITS on Montlake platform with 0% management fee for early-bird investors [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Quality Capital Management (QCM), a UK-based global systematic macro investment manager, has launched its Alpha Financials Programme on the MontLake UCITS platform, an independent platform for UCITS funds. Founded in 1995,
16 Jul. 2015 The number of asset manager deals per year has grown by nearly 50% since 2010 [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: "The number of asset manager deals per year has grown by nearly 50% since 2010. 2014 was a tremendously busy year, with no sign of a slowdown in 2015," writes Christopher S. Harrison, Co-head of Asset Management M&A at global law firm Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
15 Jul. 2015 Concept Capital acquired by Cowen Group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Cowen Group, Inc. and Concept Capital Markets, LLC today announced the signing of a definitive agreement under which Cowen will acquire Concept Capital, a leading independent provider of prime brokerage services. While financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, Cowen
15 Jul. 2015 China-focused hedge funds gain despite slump in Chinese equities [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: China-focused hedge funds reporting to HSBC’s weekly ranking outperformed YTD despite the drop in Chinese equities since June 12, reports Valuewalk. The $76 million Quam Chi
15 Jul. 2015 Challenger’s funds management division to acquire 100% of Dexion Capital [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Australian boutique firm Fidante Partners is to acquire 100% of British alternatives investment group Dexion Capital, as part of the former's plan to increase its European footprint. Completion is expected to take place this month, subject to final pre-co
15 Jul. 2015 Asset managers fight for share in Asia’s growing institutional investment assets [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Asset management firms are entering the Asian market and fighting over Asia’s fast-growing pool of institutional investment assets, according to Greenwich Associates, a provider of global market intelligence and ad
15 Jul. 2015 Hedge fund Standard General sues American Apparel’s ousted CEO Dov Charney [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: New York-based hedge fund Standard General LP on Monday filed a lawsuit against American Apparel Inc’ former Chief Executive DovCharneyover his alleged failure to fulfill his promises, and sought an injunction to stop Charney from his "meritless" and "destructive ac
14 Jul. 2015 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index down -0.65% in June (+6.74% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for June 2015 measured -0.65%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index declined 2.71% in July. “In terms of seasonality, July is typically a mon
14 Jul. 2015 400 Capital Management hires for special situations [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - 400 Capital Management LLC, a structured credit investment manager, today announced that Chris Schiavone has joined as Director, Special Situations Investment Management. Mr. Schiavone joins 400CM from Perella Weinberg Partners and will be responsible for special situatio
14 Jul. 2015 SYZ Group acquires Royal Bank of Canada (Suisse) SA [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Swiss banking group SYZ continues to expand with the signing of an agreement to acquire Royal Bank of Canada (Suisse) SA. With approximately CHF 10 billion in assets under management, the Swiss private banking subsidiary of RBC is chiefly active in Latin America, Afri
14 Jul. 2015 Journalists sue Puerto Rican government to release hedge funds bondholders [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A group of journalists in Puerto Rico is suing their government to force it to reveal the names of hedge funds who hold the country’s bonds. The Caribbean Island and a U.S. territory, is trying to negotiate with bondholders to restructure its $72 billion debt,
14 Jul. 2015 Hedge funds bounce back in July to weather the European storm [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds bounced back in July and weathered the EU storm as the market is still hounded with an ever rising probability of Grexit, said Lyxor Asset Management. European assets experienced sizeable pressure during be
14 Jul. 2015 Hedge funds are revisiting their Chinese positions as stocks plummet [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds are reviewing their positions in Chinese stocks as they question the government’s moves to tame the market freefall by introducing several measures, including slashing its interest rate and reserve ratio requirement, suspending trading on over 40% of li
13 Jul. 2015 Managed futures endure mixed first half of 2015 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Societe Generale Prime Services today announces the June performance data for its Newedge CTA indices. Following the strongest first quarter since 2008, managed futures endured a challenging second quarter of 2015. June saw CTA managers experience losses at b
13 Jul. 2015 Hedge funds falter in June - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds were down slightly in June according to the latest performance data provided by eVestment - however they still outperformed the broader market. Hedge funds posted an aggregate return of –0.94% in June, just over 100 basis points ahead of the S&P 500
13 Jul. 2015 Towers Watson: Total global alternative AuM hit $6.3 trillion in 2014, increasingly seen as 'bread and butter’ assets [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: According to Towers Watson’s
13 Jul. 2015 Onerous Singapore regulation is shooing away hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds are being turned off by the increasing onerous regulatory environment in Singapore and are looking to relocate to other Asian financial centers, ComplianceAsia told a crowd of hedge fund managers at a forum in Hong Kong. In a report,
13 Jul. 2015 Cayman sets up AIFMD regimes [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Cayman Islands Government is setting up new regimes that will allow managers to opt-in to reporting consistent with the European AIFMD requirements. The change is currently before the government in two bills that are expected to pass. The measures would
10 Jul. 2015 Strong first half for Technology/Healthcare hedge funds with index up +8.33% [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The healthcare sector has been providing good returns for hedge funds this year. Healthcare is amongst the very few strategies in the hedge funds space to have posted
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  1. Mediobanca acquires majority stakes in Swiss hedge fund[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Listed diversified banking group Mediobanca SpA said it has acquired a majority stake in Geneva-based hedge fund firm RAM Active Investments SA (RAM AI), an active and alternative asset manager offering a range of act

  2. Launches - Ex-BlueCrest team to open over $200m hedge fund, Greg Coffey, a hedge fund star who retired at 41, is eyeing a comeback, Brevan Howard plans Greek funds as bond rally signals revival[more]

    Ex-BlueCrest team to open over $200m hedge fund From Bloomberg.com: A team of traders who left BlueCrest Capital Management earlier this year raised more than $200 million for their own hedge fund focused on Asian stocks, according to a person familiar with the matter. Ovata Capital Manag

  3. North America - Miami could attract hedge funds if SALT deductions axed[more]

    From Law360.com: For years, inertia has been Nitin Motwani's greatest foe in his attempts to lure hedge fund owners in the northeast to Miami, which he has pitched as a tropical low-tax paradise. But with the Republican tax bill proposing to eliminate deductions for state and local taxes, he's sensi

  4. Northleaf Capital Partners closes debut private credit fund on $670M[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Northleaf Capital Partners has closed its debut private credit fund - Northleaf Private Credit I - on $670 million. The vehicle will invest in private credit transactions in Europe and North America, with a primary focus on lending to private equity-backed compa

  5. ...And Finally - The ongoing gun saga in the U.S.[more]

    From Newsoftheweird.com: As elder members of the First United Methodist Church in Tellico Plains, Tennessee, gathered on Nov. 16 to discuss the recent church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, one of those present asked if anyone had brought a gun to church. One man spoke up and said he c