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15 Jul. 2015 Concept Capital acquired by Cowen Group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Cowen Group, Inc. and Concept Capital Markets, LLC today announced the signing of a definitive agreement under which Cowen will acquire Concept Capital, a leading independent provider of prime brokerage services. While financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, Cowen
15 Jul. 2015 China-focused hedge funds gain despite slump in Chinese equities [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: China-focused hedge funds reporting to HSBC’s weekly ranking outperformed YTD despite the drop in Chinese equities since June 12, reports Valuewalk. The $76 million Quam Chi
15 Jul. 2015 Challenger’s funds management division to acquire 100% of Dexion Capital [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Australian boutique firm Fidante Partners is to acquire 100% of British alternatives investment group Dexion Capital, as part of the former's plan to increase its European footprint. Completion is expected to take place this month, subject to final pre-co
15 Jul. 2015 Asset managers fight for share in Asia’s growing institutional investment assets [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Asset management firms are entering the Asian market and fighting over Asia’s fast-growing pool of institutional investment assets, according to Greenwich Associates, a provider of global market intelligence and ad
15 Jul. 2015 Hedge fund Standard General sues American Apparel’s ousted CEO Dov Charney [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: New York-based hedge fund Standard General LP on Monday filed a lawsuit against American Apparel Inc’ former Chief Executive DovCharneyover his alleged failure to fulfill his promises, and sought an injunction to stop Charney from his "meritless" and "destructive ac
14 Jul. 2015 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index down -0.65% in June (+6.74% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for June 2015 measured -0.65%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index declined 2.71% in July. “In terms of seasonality, July is typically a mon
14 Jul. 2015 400 Capital Management hires for special situations [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - 400 Capital Management LLC, a structured credit investment manager, today announced that Chris Schiavone has joined as Director, Special Situations Investment Management. Mr. Schiavone joins 400CM from Perella Weinberg Partners and will be responsible for special situatio
14 Jul. 2015 SYZ Group acquires Royal Bank of Canada (Suisse) SA [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Swiss banking group SYZ continues to expand with the signing of an agreement to acquire Royal Bank of Canada (Suisse) SA. With approximately CHF 10 billion in assets under management, the Swiss private banking subsidiary of RBC is chiefly active in Latin America, Afri
14 Jul. 2015 Journalists sue Puerto Rican government to release hedge funds bondholders [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A group of journalists in Puerto Rico is suing their government to force it to reveal the names of hedge funds who hold the country’s bonds. The Caribbean Island and a U.S. territory, is trying to negotiate with bondholders to restructure its $72 billion debt,
14 Jul. 2015 Hedge funds bounce back in July to weather the European storm [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds bounced back in July and weathered the EU storm as the market is still hounded with an ever rising probability of Grexit, said Lyxor Asset Management. European assets experienced sizeable pressure during be
14 Jul. 2015 Hedge funds are revisiting their Chinese positions as stocks plummet [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds are reviewing their positions in Chinese stocks as they question the government’s moves to tame the market freefall by introducing several measures, including slashing its interest rate and reserve ratio requirement, suspending trading on over 40% of li
13 Jul. 2015 Managed futures endure mixed first half of 2015 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Societe Generale Prime Services today announces the June performance data for its Newedge CTA indices. Following the strongest first quarter since 2008, managed futures endured a challenging second quarter of 2015. June saw CTA managers experience losses at b
13 Jul. 2015 Hedge funds falter in June - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds were down slightly in June according to the latest performance data provided by eVestment - however they still outperformed the broader market. Hedge funds posted an aggregate return of –0.94% in June, just over 100 basis points ahead of the S&P 500
13 Jul. 2015 Towers Watson: Total global alternative AuM hit $6.3 trillion in 2014, increasingly seen as 'bread and butter’ assets [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: According to Towers Watson’s
13 Jul. 2015 Onerous Singapore regulation is shooing away hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds are being turned off by the increasing onerous regulatory environment in Singapore and are looking to relocate to other Asian financial centers, ComplianceAsia told a crowd of hedge fund managers at a forum in Hong Kong. In a report,
13 Jul. 2015 Cayman sets up AIFMD regimes [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Cayman Islands Government is setting up new regimes that will allow managers to opt-in to reporting consistent with the European AIFMD requirements. The change is currently before the government in two bills that are expected to pass. The measures would
10 Jul. 2015 Strong first half for Technology/Healthcare hedge funds with index up +8.33% [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The healthcare sector has been providing good returns for hedge funds this year. Healthcare is amongst the very few strategies in the hedge funds space to have posted
10 Jul. 2015 All hedge fund strategies incur losses in June (+1.91% YTD) on Greece worry [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was down -1.9% in June (+1.91% YTD). None of the 12 Lyxor indices ended the month in positive territory, said Lyxor Asset Management. The Lyxor Fixed Income Arbitrage Index (0%), the Lyxor Co
10 Jul. 2015 Indinvest Partners builds out private debt team [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: European alternative investment firm Idinvest Partners is building out its private debt team on the heels of a successful private debt fund close. As Opalesque reported in June, the firm closed its third private debt fund on €400m. That fund will focus on financ
09 Jul. 2015 MaplesFS expands global footprint with Netherlands office launch [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Responding to strong client demand, Maples Fiduciary, a division of MaplesFS and global provider of specialised fiduciary and corporate administration services, has opened a full-service office in Amsterdam. “MaplesFS is renowned internationally for responsive and cli
09 Jul. 2015 Common Sense Investment Management announces strategic rebrand to Fort Rock Asset Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Fort Rock Asset Management, LLC (Fort Rock), announced a strategic rebrand, as the independent, privately held investment manager changed its name from Common Sense Investment Management, LLC. Driven by a 24-year history of experience and innovation, the new
09 Jul. 2015 SAC veteran Paul Orwicz joins Deimos A.M. as managing director and portfolio manager [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Deimos Asset Management LLC, a multi-strategy hedge fund manager, announced that Paul Orwicz has joined the firm as a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager. In this role,
09 Jul. 2015 China, Greece and oil pull down hedge funds into worst monthly decline last month since June 2013 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The sharp fall in Chinese equities and the uncertainty over Greece’s referendum, as well as the volatility on oil prices have pulled down hedge funds across major strategies, led by quantitative, trend-following, macro CTA strategies, according to data provider
09 Jul. 2015 Unigestion: more focus on risks, less credit exposure [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Nicolas Rousselet, head of the hedge fund team and member of the executive committee at Unigestion, a Swiss institutional asset manager with around $17.8bn in AuM and 189 employees, has expected a fracture
08 Jul. 2015 Changing financial rules and regulations are most pressing issue for hedge fund CFOs [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ITG, a leading independent execution broker and research provider, today released the results of a survey of Chief Financial Officers at leading US hedge funds. The poll addressed some of the key business challenges hedge fund CFOs face in the evolving capital markets la
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