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Thames River multi-manager hedge funds top USD1bn

The multi-manager hedge fund division of Thames River has passed the USD1bn mark for assets under management following significant growth over the past four years under the leadership of Ken Kinsey-Quick.

According to Thames River, the growth of the division has been driven notably by its ability to deliver consistently outstanding performance. For example, the flagship multi-manager fund, Thames River Warrior, returned 15.7 per cent in 2006 and was up by 11.3 per cent for the first five months of this year according to manager estimates.

The multi-manager team dynamically manages portfolios through a robust investment process and an active risk management discipline, with a primary objective of capital preservation, and a secondary aim of capital appreciation.

The multi-manager funds are Thames River Sentinel (bond alternative), Thames River Warrior and Thames River Warrior II (opportunistic), Thames River Hedge+ (opportunistic, London Stock Exchange-listed), Thames River Distressed Focus (distressed/event-driven/credit), Thames River Equity Focus (equity long/short), Thames Hedge Ventures (seeding) and Thames River 2x Currency Alpha (currency).

Head of multi-manager Ken Kinsey-Quick, who has more than a decade of hedge fund experience, is assisted by fund managers Alex Kuiper and Bill Muysken, risk manager and assistant fund manager Nicolas Karageorgis, assistant fund manager James Rous, due diligence manager Stan Chaudhry and analysts Sheena Wilkinson and Christina Wiens Elkington.

'With funds under management now exceeding USD1bn, 2007 is proving an exciting year for Thames River's multi-manager hedge division,' Kinsey-Quick says. 'This latest milestone follows the recent appointment of Bill Muysken and the launch in April of the Thames River 2X Currency Alpha Fund.'

Investment director Michael Warren adds: 'Passing USD1bn in funds under management is a great achievement for Ken and his team. To date, the funds have delivered impressive returns for investors. Moving forward, we are looking to grow the business further and develop new products for the institutional market.'

Thames River, which was established in 1998, and its affiliate Nevsky Capital managed more than GBP5.5bn at the end of May in multi-manager hedge funds, property funds, Ucits III funds, and long/short funds investing in emerging market, European and Japanese equities, global credit markets and OECD sovereign bonds. The firm has 126 staff including 72 investment professionals.

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