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Opalesque Roundup: The new economics of start-up hedge funds: hedge fund news, week 13

Sunday, April 07, 2019

In the week ending April 5th 2019, the 'Seward & Kissel 2018 New Hedge Fund Study' found that minimum investment amounts required by newly launched funds have skyrocketed as new managers are seeking out more start-up capital to counteract their rising bills. The number of seed deals rose by 20% in 2018, underlining the new fund managers' desire to get substantial - and patient - dollars in the door, with typical seed lock-ups in the two- to three-year range. The higher end of seed deals remained in the $100-$200m range. The increase in minimum investment levels was recorded across equity and non-equity strategies, but most dramatic was the rise among hedge funds investing outside of equities.

In new launches, Canada's alternative asset manager Ninepoint Partners has launched Ninepoint Trade Finance Fund; The New York-based Merida Capital Partners revealed it had raised $200m for its third fund as it looks to continue investing in the cannabis industry; Joe DaGrosa and David Neithardt launch DaGrosa Capital Partners, and DFW Capital Partners, a Teaneck, New Jersey-based alternative asset firm, closed its fifth fund, at $360m.

Further in new launches, American Industrial Partners closed the largest fund in the firm's nearly 30-year history, amassing $3 billion to back new investments in midmarket North American companies; Mirova, an affiliate of Natixis Investment Managers, has launched thematic equity f......................

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