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Opalesque Roundup: More M&A deals in asset management firms: hedge fund news, week 30

Saturday, July 18, 2015

In the week ending 17 July, 2015, on the M&A scene, 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; Fidante Partners is to acquire 100% of British alternatives investment group Dexion Capital; Janus Capital has acquired a majority interest in Australian fixed income manager Kapstream Capital for $89m; Cowen Group and Concept Capital announced the signing of a definitive agreement under which Cowen will acquire Concept Capital; and Playtech beat Odey Capital in the takeover battle for Plus500.

Dai Jixin, a Hong Kong-based alumnus of Soros Fund Management, is seeking as much as $750 million to launch a global macro hedge fund; Visium Asset is seeking to raise $500m to launch its first private equity fund; AGacquisitions Group has launched a $40m offshore fund in the Bahamas; TCW Group has partnered with Gargoyle Investment Advisor LLC to offer its first alternative mutual fund; Thomas Miller has launched Diversified Assets Fund for Abi Oladimeji and Mark McKenzie; and systematic macro manager QCM launched UCITS on Montlake platform with 0% management fee for early-bird investors.

The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up 0.3% as of 7th of July (+2.2% YTD); The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index -1.26% in June, +3.31% YTD; The Barclay Hedge Fund Index ......................

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