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Wilrik Sinia, Mint Tower

From prop trader to institutional fund manager

Tue, 21/02/2017 - 10:08

Wilrik Sinia (pictured) is co-founder of the Amsterdam-based hedge fund manager, Mint Tower Capital, whose flagship Mint Tower Arbitrage Fund focuses on convertible and volatility arbitrage. Prior to establishing Mint Tower in 2010, Sinia and Mint Tower’s three other co-founders were part of the management team at Principal Strategies, ABN AMRO bank’s proprietary trading desk.  »

Sunl Gopalan, Global Fund Media

Guide to Relocation 2017

Mon, 20/02/2017 - 14:48

The Global Fund Media Guide to Relocation 2017 is the sixth edition of this unique online publication being made available to the 50,000-strong audience of investment managers, institutional investors and fund service providers who read GFM's family of investment management newswires daily. »

Pavle Sabic, S&P Global Market Intelligence

Hedge funds exit energy, consumer discretionary, and healthcare in Q4

Fri, 17/02/2017 - 13:02

The latest Hedge Fund Tracker analysis from S&P Global Market Intelligence shows the top funds managed approximately USD153 billion in equity holdings, an increase from the USD145 billion under management in Q3.  »

Amy Bensted, Preqin

Hedge fund investor redemptions accelerate through Q4 2016

Fri, 17/02/2017 - 10:09

Despite hedge funds returning 7.40 per cent over 2016, investors continued to withdraw capital over the year, with the industry seeing overall net asset outflows totalling USD110 billion in 2016.  »

Amy Bensted, Preqin

Hedge funds start 2017 with gains of 1.40 per cent

Wed, 15/02/2017 - 10:17

Preqin’s All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark recorded gains of 1.40 per cent in January 2017, the highest January performance recorded since 2013 (+2.59 per cent).  »

Kenneth J Heinz. HFR

Asian hedge funds top equity markets in Q4 and FY2016

Wed, 15/02/2017 - 10:14

Strong gains across Event-Driven, Relative Value Arbitrage and Macro strategies saw Asian hedge funds top the performance of volatile Asian equity markets in both Q4 and FY 2016, according to HFR’s latest Hedge Fund Industry Report. »

Man with loud hailer

Hedge funds start 2017 on largely positive note

Mon, 13/02/2017 - 10:50

In the face of more than USD100 billion in investor redemptions in 2016, hedge funds continue to perform surprisingly well out of the gate in 2017, according to eVestment's January 2017 Hedge Fund Performance Report.  »

Robert Briant, Conyers Dill & Pearman

BVI strikes right balance on fund governance

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 13:49

Proper fund governance has long been championed by leading offshore law firm Conyers Dill & Pearman, which for the last decade has encouraged its hedge fund clients to hold at least annual directors meetings. Initially this was met with some resistance according to Robert Briant (pictured), Partner and head of Conyers' BVI office, who confirms that such resistance has softened over the last few years.  »

Peter Jakubicka, Circle Partners

Growth is driven by Incubator and Approved Funds

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 13:35

Circle Partners is an independent fund administrator with offices in the BVI, Cayman Islands, and across the EU, the Americas and Hong Kong.  »

Simon Schilder, Ogier

BVI continues to introduce positive regulatory developments

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 13:29

Last year the number of hedge fund launches globally fell by an estimated 40 per cent, but despite this there have been a number of positive developments for the funds industry in the BVI. »

James Williams, hedgeweek

Incubator Fund could provide long-term growth trajectory

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 13:22

"We see the funds industry as continuing to contribute to the overall offering of financial services. There remains good interest in the BVI product and we envisage that will continue," asserts Glenford Malone, Director, Investment Business Division, BVI Financial Services Commission, when asked to comment on the growth of the BVI's funds industry.  »

Andrew Gibson, IAM

Amsterdam Investor Forum 2017 - International Asset Management uses barbell strategy to generate alpha

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 10:24

London-based International Asset Management Limited (IAM) has been investing in hedge funds since 1989. Over that time it has seen a great deal of change in the industry, honing its technique for uncovering talented fund managers with a clearly defined investment edge. »

J D David, Meyler Capital

The real reason why alternative investment funds don't advertise

Thu, 26/01/2017 - 11:09

By J D David, Meyler Capital – “If the alternatives industry were to build freeway signs, they would put a paragraph on them rather than one word and an arrow.” - Kyle Dunn, Meyler CEO »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Protégé Partners: The art of seeding talent

Mon, 19/12/2016 - 09:36

Perhaps it is apt that Protégé Partners, LLC is located above the world-renowned Museum of Modern Art in New York given that its modus operandi is to find the best and most creative talents in the hedge fund industry.  »

Amy Bensted, Preqin

Hedge fund managers becoming more upbeat about Brexit, says Preqin

Tue, 13/12/2016 - 16:08

Hedge fund managers have become more upbeat about the Brexit result in the intervening five months, according to a new report published by Preqin. »

Anthony Lawler

GAM launches fund based on Cantab process

Wed, 02/11/2016 - 10:36

Following the completion of its acquisition of Cantab Capital Partners in October, GAM has launched its first purely quantitative equities UCITS fund, GAM Systematic Global Equity Market Neutral.  »

Survey

It all comes down to style in managed futures

Fri, 28/10/2016 - 10:14

Managed futures have become an alternative asset class that is widely used by investors seeking overall portfolio diversification and absolute returns independent of the direction of broad equity and bond markets, according to a study by alternative investment managers Steben & Company. »

Alan Picone, Duff & Phelps

Evidencing risk management within the investment strategy is music to institutions’ ears

Tue, 25/10/2016 - 11:21

Risk management has mutated under AIFMD, causing risk managers to become more involved in the portfolio management process from an ex ante risk perspective. As investors become more educated on the risk function, managers who can demonstrate an independent, robust risk management environment have the potential to improve their capital raising capabilities. »

Tony Fischer, UMB Fund Services

Registered private funds offer greater leeway

Thu, 06/10/2016 - 10:58

Much is made of '40 Act alternative mutual funds but with their myriad investment restrictions and daily liquidity provisions, the lesser-known registered private fund could be a more compelling proposition for hedge fund managers. »

Simon Schilder

Emerging hedge fund managers - challenges and solutions

Fri, 23/09/2016 - 14:02

Who would want to be a start-up hedge fund manager? Simon Schilder, partner at Ogier in Jersey, and TEAM BVI UK member with BVI Finance, examines the challenges facing the next generation… »

Dr Maria Chetcuti Cauchi, Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates

The NAIF: Europe’s missing piece of the jigsaw

Thu, 22/09/2016 - 16:25

The Maltese Notified Alternative Investment Fund (NAIF) fills a gap in Europe's fund market. According to Dr Stefania Grech, Financial Services Associate, Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates, an unregulated fund was the one product missing in the Maltese Fund Industry. "Now, from a European perspective, there is no discrimination when it comes to the creation of an unregulated vehicle, offshore versus onshore. »

r Jean C Farrugia, senior partner at DF Advocates

Malta ushers in the Notified AIF

Thu, 22/09/2016 - 14:54

On 10 June 2016, Malta burnished its reputation when the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) launched the Notified Alternative Investment Fund (NAIF) regime through the publication of the Investment Services Act (List of Notified AIFs) Regulations in the Malta Government Gazette. »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Malta’s service provider community sees good times ahead

Thu, 22/09/2016 - 14:48

Whether it’s providing AIFM management company solutions, depositary lite solutions, or simply providing start-up managers with a high-touch level of service, Malta’s service provider community continues to evolve with the times.  »

Dr Louis de Gabriele, head of the Corporate and Finance practice group at Camilleri Preziosi Advocates

Key features of Malta’s new regime

Thu, 22/09/2016 - 14:45

Dr Louis de Gabriele, head of Camilleri Preziosi Advocates’s Corporate and Finance practice group, outlines the benefits of Malta’s Notified AIF (NAIF) regime… »

Paulianne Nwoko, Managing Director of Apex Fund Services (Malta)

Factors that make Malta an ideal fund jurisdiction

Thu, 22/09/2016 - 14:41

Apex Fund Services has been operating in Malta since 2008 and has seen, first hand, how quickly the island has evolved into one of Europe's leading onshore fund jurisdictions.  »

Kenneth Farrugia, Finance Malta

Brexit allows Malta to consolidate UK relationship

Thu, 22/09/2016 - 14:09

The shock Brexit result this June sent ripples across Europe as individual Member States absorbed the news. And whilst some jurisdictions have been quick to seize the initiative on the back of the uncertainty that UK firms face – especially as it relates to passporting for London's much lauded financial services industry – Malta is focusing on maintaining the harmonious relationship it has with the UK. »

Down arrow

Hedge fund assets drop below USD3tn as investors withdraw USD20.7bn in June

Thu, 04/08/2016 - 09:04

Investors redeemed a net USD20.70 billion from hedge funds in June, bringing Q2 net flows to negative USD10.68 billion and H1 2016 net flows to negative USD27.95 billion, according to eVestment’s latest  Hedge Fund Industry Asset Flow Report. »

Sterling

Sterling and Euro money fund assets to increase post-Brexit, says Moody’s

Wed, 03/08/2016 - 13:08

Sterling and euro prime money market fund (MMF) assets will increase in the coming months amid post-Brexit uncertainty despite record low yields, says Moody's Investors Service.  »

Anthony Smouha

GAM marks fifth anniversary of Star Credit Opportunities funds

Thu, 21/07/2016 - 12:47

This month marks the five-year anniversary of the three successful GAM Star Credit Opportunities funds (EUR, USD and GDP) managed by Atlanticomnium SA in Geneva.  »

Bryan Duffy

IIM’s Hybrid Strategy outperforms benchmark by 25 per cent since launch

Thu, 21/07/2016 - 07:46

Incline Investment Management (IIM) is marking the fourth anniversary of its proprietary investment program, the Systematic Hybrid Strategy, which has outperformed its benchmark, the HFRX Macro: Systematic Diversified CTA Index by close to 25 per cent since its launch in July 2012. »

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