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Ian Swallow, Man Group

Dispelling the myths about alternative UCITS

Tue, 29/07/2014 - 12:36

By Ian Swallow – A framework, not an endorsement: The popularity of the UCITS ‘brand’ is beyond question and this continues to be one of the fastest-growing segments of the fund-management industry. Indeed, our own anecdotal experience suggests that investors outside of Europe often prefer to invest in a fund under the UCITS banner. »

Louis Zanolin, Alix Capital

Alternative UCITS enjoy strongest level of growth since 2009

Tue, 29/07/2014 - 12:29

“Over the first six months of this year there’s been an acceleration of AuM growth. According to our database, assets in alternative UCITS have grown by 24 per cent. This is the largest growth, in percentage terms, since we started tracking the universe at the end of 2009,” says Louis Zanolin (pictured), CEO of Alix Capital which runs the UCITS Alternative Index series. »

Jan Viebig, CEO and Head of Alternative Investments at Harcourt Investment Consulting

Research-driven funds designed to mitigate strategy-specific risk

Tue, 29/07/2014 - 12:26

Towards the end of 2013 Harcourt Investment Consulting, the alternatives arm of Vontobel Asset Management, launched a family of three funds under the moniker of “Research-Driven Strategies” (RDS). The objective of these funds was simple: to harvest strategy-specific risk premia in a UCITS fund structure and deliver to investors an absolute return profile independent of market conditions. »

Andrew Dreaneen, Schroders

Manager selection yields substantial results

Tue, 29/07/2014 - 12:23

Last year, the average long/short equity alternative UCITS fund returned 11.07 per cent according to Alix Capital. It was the first sign that these regulated funds could hold their own against their freewheeling offshore equivalents. »

Cyrus Amaria, deputy head of Alternative Investments at Lyxor

Plenty of room for growth as assets reach USD1bn

Tue, 29/07/2014 - 12:19

Last February, just before ESMA published its updated guidelines on ETFs and UCITS, Lyxor Asset Management made its first foray into the alternative UCITS space. Hand picked from its managed account platform, Lyxor launched the Lyxor/Tiedemann Arbitrage Strategy Fund, a merger arbitrage strategy run by TIG Advisors. »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Alternative UCITS platforms record strong AuM growth

Tue, 29/07/2014 - 12:16

Market regulation and the desire among investors for regulated alternative funds has proven to be a fantastic opportunity for platform operators, particularly those supporting alternative UCITS. »

Approved stamp

All companies in La Française Group are now authorised AIFMs

Tue, 22/07/2014 - 10:04

La Française Group has obtained AIFM approval for all its management companies. »

Newspaper and money

Sussex Partners to distribute Credit Suisse (Lux) Small and Mid Cap Alpha L/S Fund

Thu, 17/07/2014 - 17:54

Sussex Partners has signed an agreement with Credit Suisse to introduce the Credit Suisse (Lux) Small and Mid Cap Alpha Long/Short Fund to selected clients in Switzerland, Liechtenstein, the UK and the Netherlands.   »

Survey

Majority of alt investment managers unprepared for AIFMD, says Alceda

Mon, 14/07/2014 - 14:02

With around a week to go before the deadline for authorisation, some 47 per cent of alternative investment fund managers have still not filed under the Alternative Investment Fund Management Directive (AIFMD). »

Luxembourg

Generali launches Luxembourg-based asset management company

Mon, 14/07/2014 - 12:17

Generali has launched a Luxembourg-based asset management company to focus on UCITS and alternative investment vehicles domiciled in Luxembourg. »

Investments

BNY Mellon and Insight Investment launch BNY Mellon Absolute Insight Fund

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 10:00

BNY Mellon Investment Management has launched the BNY Mellon Absolute Insight Fund, an Irish domiciled UCITS absolute return fund with daily liquidity.  »

Scales

CCPM launches balanced fund

Mon, 30/06/2014 - 10:06

Conservative Concept Portfolio Management (CCPM) in Bad Homburg has launched a new balanced fund, broadening the existing portfolio of absolute return funds. »

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BlackRock launches first UCITS multi-strategy absolute return fund for European investors

Wed, 25/06/2014 - 15:00

BlackRock has launched an absolute return fund for institutional investors in Europe to meet an expected increase in demand for regulated and liquid alternative investments. »

European flags

SGSS launches European UCITS management company solution for asset managers

Tue, 24/06/2014 - 10:30

Societe Generale Securities Services (SGSS) has launched ManCo by SGSS, a management company solution to assist asset managers seeking access to the European market to set up and market UCITS. 
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Ivory UCITS fund launches on DB platform

Wed, 04/06/2014 - 16:50

Deutsche Asset & Wealth management and Ivory Investment Management have launched the UCITS compliant DB Platinum Ivory Optimal Fund on Deutsche Bank’s UCITS platform. »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

BlackRock’s Fink raises concerns over leveraged ETFs… UCITS enjoy biggest quarterly net inflows since 2006…

Sun, 01/06/2014 - 11:15

Alceda Fund Management SA this week announced a new fund on its Alceda UCITS Platform (AUP). The CCMG Navigator – Tactical Fixed Income Fund, managed by Philadelphia-based Clark Capital Management Group, Inc. The Lux-domiciled fund continues the strategy of the Clark Capital Navigator Fixed Income Total Return Investment Solution, which launched in the US in 2005. »

Investments

Altana Wealth launches debut UCITS fund

Mon, 26/05/2014 - 12:10

Altana Wealth, the investment management group founded by Lee Robinson, has launched a UCITS version of its absolute return Altana Corporate Bonds Fund (ACBF). »

Risk

ALFI and ALRIM publish risk management guidelines

Wed, 21/05/2014 - 06:05

The Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI), in association with the Luxembourg Association of Risk Management (ALRiM), has published new risk management guidelines. »

EU flag

Investors planning to raise European fund exposures, says ML Capital

Tue, 15/04/2014 - 12:03

ML Capital Asset Management is reporting high levels of demand for both European and US long/short equity funds this quarter, with a healthy swing towards UK equity strategies. »

US flag

Ardsley Partners US Equity UCITS Fund launched on MontLake UCITS Platform

Fri, 11/04/2014 - 10:05

The Ardsley Partners US Equity UCITS Fund has launched on ML Capital’s Montlake UCITS platform. »

Green light

North MaxQ Macro UCITS Fund launched on the MontLake UCITS Platform

Tue, 08/04/2014 - 10:07

ML Capital, investment manager to the MontLake UCITS Platform, has launched the North MaxQ Macro UCITS Fund. »

Dollars

Amber Equity Fund on the Alpha UCITS Platform reaches USD174m AuM in six months

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 12:02

The Amber Equity Fund, a Luxembourg UCITS fund on the Alpha UCITS Platform, has grown assets under management to USD174m only six months after launch on 2 October 2013. »

Handshake

Muzinich & Co appoints ex-Schroders man to sales team

Thu, 27/03/2014 - 12:13

Corporate credit specialist fund manager Muzinich & Co has continued to grow its UK presence with the appointment of a new sales manager, James Tomlinson. »

Investments

BoAML and Sandell Investment Services launch event-driven and arbitrage UCITS fund

Wed, 26/03/2014 - 13:09

Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) and Sandell Investment Services have launched the Merrill Lynch Investment Solutions – Castlerigg Equity Event and Arbitrage UCITS Fund. »

Numbers and magnifying glass

Vontobel Asset Management appoints KNEIP for fund data management

Tue, 18/03/2014 - 16:30

KNEIP has been appointed by Vontobel Asset Management to carry out fund data management, regulatory filing, KIID production and dissemination and financial reporting. »

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Candriam renames alternative investment funds

Mon, 17/03/2014 - 06:02

After launching its new brand and announcing a fresh start with the shareholder New York Life Investment Management last month, Candriam is in the process of renaming all of its funds. »

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Syz & Co launches Oyster Market Neutral Plus

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:05

The Swiss banking group Syz & Co has launched Oyster Market Neutral Plus, a new sub-fund of Oyster, its Luxembourg UCITS SICAV. »

Two fingers

Salus Alpha RN Special Situation Fund ranks second in UCITS report

Tue, 04/03/2014 - 06:02

The Salus Alpha RN Special Situation fund delivered a good start to 2014, up 1.90 per cent in January. »

Malta

Iconic launches Malta-domiciled hosted funds platform

Thu, 27/02/2014 - 16:45

Iconic is launching a turnkey Malta authorised, EU-compliant hosted-funds platform enabling EU and non EU based fund managers to run their own fully supported and administered funds. »

Document signing

La Française and Tages Capital sign strategic partnership

Wed, 12/02/2014 - 14:11

European asset manager La Française and Tages Capital, an alternative multi-management solutions provider, have entered into a strategic partnership. »

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