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New Managers January 2013

Seeders' corner - Revere: psychology can help with manager selection


To Revere, psychology can help with manager selection

Dan Barnett

Revere Capital Advisors was founded in 2008 with the aim to seed a few single strategy hedge fund managers, CEO Dan Barnett told Opalesque. But the company evolved since then to a slightly different role, that of a research and advisory-driven business.

Back in 2008, managers could be seeded with $20m to $25m. But in 2009, the seeding business went back to the pre-2008 bigger tickets; the likes of Blackstone and Reservoir got involved, with GSAM joining them the following year.

"So it was clear to us that in the absence of more than the $50 million, $60 million that we had to invest, we wouldn't be a compelling force in the seeding world," he continued.

Revere is now an independent alternative investment firm focused on identifying and evaluating the most promising and relevant emerging hedge fund managers.

Over the last years, it has been building a process and a database that analyses emerging managers at the pre-launch and at the launch stage, and the firm makes "research and advisory services available to interested investors, particularly institutions, which want to first know more about the emerging manager space, and then perhaps participate more fully in some other active fashion," Barnett explained.

Revere also currently has a couple of asset management mandates, in which the firm is helping to compose customized portfolios of emerging managers for institutions. And it has just launched REM Marketing Solutions to offer marketing advice and product consulting to early-stage hedge fund managers.

Revere has its own fund too,......................

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This article was published in Opalesque's New Managers a top-down monthly analysis, news and research publication on the global emerging manager space.
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