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03 Oct. 2016 Europe’s shareholder activism gaining grounds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: While shareholder activism in Europe still hasn't matched the levels seen in the U.S., investors and the public are becoming accustomed to the idea of shareholders agitating for changes at struggling companies. "The train is running and it's running
30 Sep. 2016 Actis hires Commonfund's Byrd [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Actis, a leading growth markets investor, today announced the appointment of Carlton Byrd as a director in the Investor Development Group in the New York office where he will further bolster the fundraising and investor relations expertise. Carlton joins from Co
30 Sep. 2016 Lyxor launches multi-manager fixed income fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: European specialist Lyxor Asset Management launched its first alternative multi-manager fixed income fund with daily liquidity in a UCITS format, called the Evolution Fixed Income fund. Lyxor commented , "In t
30 Sep. 2016 Private placement life insurance has grown in popularity among affluent investors [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund investors are looking at private placement life insurance (PPLI) as concerns about tax lingers across the industry, said Aaron Hodari, managing director at US-based wealth advisory firm Schechter Weal
30 Sep. 2016 Harvard Endowment names new CEO [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Harvard Management Company, the professionally managed $36 billion university endowment, has hired N. P. Narvekar, 54, to the roles of president and CEO. He succeeds Stephen Blyth, who resigned in July. Blyth cited health reasons for his departure after 18 month
30 Sep. 2016 Hedge funds pull back from Deutsche Bank [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds are pulling some of their business from Deutsche Bank, according to a Bloomberg report. People familiar with th
29 Sep. 2016 Och-Ziff settles FCPA probe [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Och-Ziff Capital Management Group today announced that it has reached settlements with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), resolving their investigations into the Firm’s former private investment business in Africa and a 2007
29 Sep. 2016 Highland brings on investment advisory specialist [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Highland Capital Management, L.P., a Dallas-based alternative investment management firm that together with its affiliates has approximately $17 billion in assets under management, announced today that Brad Eden has joined the firm as Global Head of Marketing and Investor
29 Sep. 2016 Innovatus Capital Partners Launches [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Veterans of Perella Weinberg's Asset Based Value Strategy, David Schiff and Andrew Dym have launched a new firm - Innovatus Capital Partners. The New York-based firm will run a private debt and portfolio management strategy. "We are excited about the lau
29 Sep. 2016 "Hedge fund industry needs to shrink" [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Writing for CNBC, Josh Brown, creator of The Reformed Broker blog and financial advisor for Ritholtz We
29 Sep. 2016 Rhode Island pension fund to cut hedge fund investments by $500m [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Rhode Island’s state pension announced on Wednesday it would reduce its exposure in hedge funds by over $500m in the next two years with the aim of increasing returns by focusing and focus more on traditional investments,
28 Sep. 2016 Managed Funds Association picks 2016-1017 board of directors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed Funds Association, the leading voice of the global alternative investment industry, today announced its 2016-2017 Board of Directors. The unanimously elected new Board, diverse in firm size and geographic makeup, is comprised of leading market participants, includ
28 Sep. 2016 AIMA announces new chair and board of directors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global representative for alternative asset managers, has announced a new Chairman and the formation of a new AIMA Council, the Association’s global board of directors. Taking over as AIMA Chair is Si
28 Sep. 2016 Lyxor attributes active funds' outperformance to choice of risk factors [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Lyxor ETF Research compared the performance of active funds domiciled in Europe to their benchmark over a ten-year period and found that the majority do not, as is commonly believed, outperform their benchmark. Furthermore, what really drives the outperforman
28 Sep. 2016 Simon Finch to leave credit hedge fund CQS [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Credit hedge fund manager CQS Investment Management Ltd. is said lose its London-based portfolio manager Simon Finch, making him the latest executive of the firm to leave the company this year, reported
28 Sep. 2016 Eden Rock buys Gottex stake in ERG Asset Management [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Eden Rock Group announced the purchase of Gottex’s stake in ERG Asset Management and so the firm is now wholly owned by Eden Rock. The two firms established the joint venture in 2011 to focus on providing cost effective solutions to funds holding illiquid investments, as
27 Sep. 2016 Ayaltis launches the Areca SICAV SIF – Azure Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - As a result of several investors’ requests, Ayaltis has announced the launch of a new investment opportunity, the Areca SICAV SIF – Azure Fund. Launched on August 1st 2016, this new addition to the Ayaltis product offering is the continuation of Ayaltis’ long st
27 Sep. 2016 Hedge funds’ study reveals vast disparity in types of investors securing side letter arrangements [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A new study of the hedge fund space by industry law firm Seward & Kissel LLP reveals a wealth of information regarding established hedge fund managers’ use of side letters—special agreements that hedge fund managers sometimes make with investors, overriding general te
27 Sep. 2016 Maples Fund Services celebrates 10 years in Hong Kong [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Maples Fund Services, a division of MaplesFS and an independent global fund services provider, marks a major milestone in 2016 with the tenth anniversary of the opening of its Hong Kong office. Since commencing operations in Hong Kong in 2006, Maples Fund Servic
27 Sep. 2016 Hedge funds recover from losses as central banks give markets a respite [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Lyxor Hedge Fund index was up 0.4% from the week ending September 20 (-2.4% YTD), supported by the willingness of central banks to remain accommodative, Lyxor Asset Management said in its weekly briefing. It ad
26 Sep. 2016 Cambridge: Look to private investments for best access to LatAm growth [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Even with recent economic woes, Latin America retains a burgeoning middle class with more money to spend on fast-growing sectors such as healthcare, education, technology and retail. These industries remain largely inaccessible via public markets, and the best w
26 Sep. 2016 LAVCA diversifies board with five new investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LAVCA) today announced the addition of five new board members. Appointments include Península Participações, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), the International Finance C
26 Sep. 2016 Nobel Sustainability Trust, Prince Albert II of Monaco help launch major new initiative to drive sustainable technologies [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: The Nobel Sustainability® Trust ("NST") is leading a major new initiative to finance, incubate and accelerate the development of clean technologies. The initiative will start with the formation of the Nobel Sustainability Fund® ("NSF"). NSF will drive faster access t
23 Sep. 2016 Despite pressure from investors to lower fees, 35% of hedge funds still charge 2&20 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Amidst falling performance and high-profile redemptions, investors have increased their pressure on hedge fund managers to bring their management and performance charges below the 2 & 20 'industry standard', data provider
23 Sep. 2016 Investment bank Avendus Capital hires Andrew Holland to enter hedge fund space [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Mid-sized investment bank Avendus Capital, based in Mumbai, India, has hired Ambit Investment Advisory chief executive officer Andrew Holland and Vaibhav Sanhavi as well as 10 other top management executives of the firm as it enters into the hedge funds business. H
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