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Fund distributor Polaris sees opportunities for single GP infrastructure, alternative risk premia and equity market neutral in Europe

Monday, July 09, 2018

Matthias Knab, Opalesque for New Managers:

Claus, you started Polaris in 2008 to support asset managers in promising alternative investment strategies in their market entry, fundraising and client-focused after-sales activities particularly to institutional investors in Europe or specifically in the D-A-CH region (Germany Austria Switzerland).

We are now in the middle of 2018, what trends can you observe at the moment?

Claus Hilpold, CFA, CAIA: We have seen strong inflows over the last two years into private market strategies in particular private infrastructure and private debt. We expect this trend to continue in 2018 and beyond.

We notice an increasing number of institutional investors approving specific allocation quotas for those asset classes within their strategic asset allocation and consequently preparing their front-, middle- and back-office to deal with the administrative and regulatory complexity that goes along with investments in this space.

We at Polaris have positioned ourselves with exciting niche offerings mainly focused on the middle-market where we see the best risk-/reward profile, both in the US and in Europe. In infrastructure, we have just successfully held the final close for a fund that focused on brownfield public-private partnership in Continental Europe.

We are currently screening the market for an interesting Single GP infr......................

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