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New Swiss hedge fund manager Stouff Capital partners with REYL Group

Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Stouff Capital announces distribution agreement for qualified investors with REYL Group. The quantamental fund offers a range of disruptive products.

Julien Stouff, CEO of Stouff Capital, comments: "We are happy to be able to work with REYL Group's Asset Management team. With volatility higher again and a more limited range of hedge funds available, investors can benefit from genuine absolute return approach including both long and, above all, short positions. Our quantamental strategy means we invest based not just on what we believe but on what we systematically observe."

Francesco Genovese, head of asset management at REYL & Cie, adds: "This distribution agreement is an opportunity for REYL Group to work with a talented hedge fund manager with world-class expertise and an impeccable track record. The remarkable academic ecosystem in the Lake Geneva region gives us direct access to a pool of hedge fund experts, enabling us to develop some of the best-performing alternative strategies in the world."

Founded in 2018 in Geneva, Stouff Capital favours a quantamental investment style - innovative in Europe - combining quantitative analysis with a human-led fundamental approach. This systematic process helps eliminate emotional behavioural biases associated with purely fundamental investment and improve returns under different macroeconomic conditions and market regimes.

Stouff Capital invests in international equities and targets returns of around 5-7% a year, with a conservative volatility profile of 3-5%. The competitive advantage of this discretionary approach lies in its ability to follow trends while also reacting to inflection points, notably in volatile markets. Stouff Capital offer is disruptive in that it charges no management fees on any of its products, opting instead for performance-related fees of 35%.

Julien Stouff has more than 25 years' experience in alternative fund management, risk management (particularly in equity derivatives), proprietary investment management, and management of quantitative and fundamental macroeconomic research teams. Before launching his own hedge fund, Julien Stouff was responsible for trading strategy at Pictet from 2013 to 2018 and managed Pictet Asset Management's Kronos fund.

Founded in 1973, the REYL Group is an independent diversified banking group with offices in Switzerland (Geneva, Zurich, Lugano), Europe (London, Luxembourg, Malta) and the rest of the world (Singapore and Dubai). The REYL Group (including minority affiliates) manages assets in excess of CHF 16 billion and employs more than 200 professionals.

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