Dr Ewan Kirk, CEO, Cantab Capital Partners

Cantab Capital Partners to launch quant-based UCITS

Cantab Capital Partners, a Cambridge-based systemic global macro hedge fund with assets in excess of USD1billion, is preparing to launch a UCITS-III compliant Cantab Quantitative UCITS Fund. The fund is expected to go live in January 2011, with Matrix Group selected as the hosting platform. Since it first launched in 2007, CCP’s Quantitative Fund has generated annualised returns of 13.3 per cent with little correlation to equities markets. The fund’s 20-plus investment team, mostly composed of mathematicians, IT experts and finance professionals, utilizes more than 250 sub-models across multiple time zones to generate value-driven mid-term momentum and short-term returns, targeting more than 60 liquid macro markets worldwide. Hedgeweek spoke to CCP who could only confirm at this stage that the fund would be launching in January, size unknown, and that it would be Dublin domiciled. USD, yen, euro and sterling asset classes will all be available to investors. CCP’s CEO, Dr. Ewan Kirk, was quoted in the press as saying “We believe that there will be significant demand for a well-structured UCITS vehicle which offers uncorrelated global macro returns to investors." Matrix Group currently operate two UCITS funds on its platform (Matrix Asia and Matrix Lazard Opportunities) and only recently its Chief Executive, Chris Merry, was quoted as saying that Matrix would concentrate on “alpha-generating fund managers” regardless of how well-known they are.

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