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3A appoints new head of UK business development

Marie-Claire Panayiotopoulos has been appointed Head of UK Business Development at 3A Alternative Asset Advisors.

Panayiotopoulos's appointment comes during a period of strong growth at 3A, the alternative investment division of Swiss banking group SYZ & CO, with assets under management at the end of June 2005 surpassing the USD 2bn mark. Her responsibilities include developing relationships and structuring products suited to UK institutional investors, private banks, and IFAs. This is the first time 3A has appointed a person dedicated to covering the UK market.

"Marie-Claire's appointment reflects our confidence that the UK market will reach the higher levels of investment into funds of hedge funds across institutional, high net worth and retail investors that we see in other European countries," says Jean Keller, CEO of 3A. "We are delighted to have Marie-Claire on board."

Prior to joining 3A in August, Panayiotopoulos was responsible for Global Consultant Relations at Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch (LODH) in Geneva. She joined LODH in 2001 where she marketed investment funds andinstitutional products in London before moving to Geneva in 2004 where she worked in the Global Consultant Relations team at Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch (LODH). Marie-Claire started her career at J Rothschild Investment Management, before taking a role as a portfolio analyst at Silchester International Investors.

"We are seeing an increasing demand for fund of hedge funds from UK investors looking for alternative products following the disappointing performance of the equity and bond markets between 2000 and 2002," says Panayiotopoulos. "At 3A we are able to offer our clients the value of one of the longest track records in the funds of hedge funds sector. Eric Syz, founding partner of SYZ & CO, is a pioneer in this respect, managing multi-manager hedge funds portfolios since 1984.

"In an industry that is growing rapidly in terms of assets and number of participants, and which at times is subject to pitfalls, experience is the ingredient that often determines the difference between successful and poor selection of hedge fund managers."

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