James Williams, Hedgeweek

Event-driven alternative UCITS’ AuM up 131 per cent in 2014… Vanguard launches four new ETFs on LSE…

Vanguard this week launched four Irish-domiciled Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) on the London Stock Exchange. The new funds complement Vanguard’s existing ETF range and will give UK investors the opportunity to construct low-cost equity portfolios with greater international diversification. »


Magnifying glass

Castle Hall Alternatives and SwissAnalytics partner to provide due diligence services

Castle Hall Alternatives has formed a partnership with SwissAnalytics, based in Zurich, to extend the reach of the OpsDiligence online diligence platform. »


Market

September 2014 VIX futures ADV up 21 per cent over 2013, says CBOE

Average daily volume (ADV) in VIX futures was 178,531 contracts during September, an increase of 21 per cent from September 2013 and a decrease of 18 per cent when compared to the record ADV in August 2014.  »


Marketing

DotComWebDesign launches hedge fund marketing services

Marketing agency DotComWebDesign is adding a dedicated hedge fund marketing service to its business, with the aim of helping clients exploit the greater marketing freedoms introduced by the JOBS Act. »


Handshake

Brandywine Global names Chen Zhao as co-director of global macro research

Brandywine Global Investment Management has appointed Chen Zhao as co-director of global macro research effective from 1 January 2015. »


Commodities

FinEx group launches commodities business

FinEx group has entered the commodities arena through the establishment of a specialist boutique business providing hedging and risk management services to commodity producers and consumers on a global basis. »


Cayman Islands

Dillon Eustace expands Cayman and Dublin offices

Dillon Eustace has expanded its global practice with the senior hire of Jonathan Law to its Cayman office and the addition of Fionnán Gannon to its Dublin office. »


Special Report: Asian Private Equity

Special Report: Asian Private Equity

Preqin takes a detailed look at the private equity industry in Asia and how it has changed in recent years, including fundraising, investor preferences and deal activity. Plus, performance benchmarks for Asia-focused private equity funds by vintage year and key statistics in detail for Greater China, ASEAN, Northeast Asia and South Asia. »


Jigsaw pieces

Hedge Connection launches services to connect alternative investment managers with allocators

Hedge Connection, a platform for connecting investment managers and accredited investors, has launched a suite of new services to facilitate capital raising. »


Acquisition

Neuberger Berman to purchase Orchard Square Partners from Ramius

Neuberger Berman is to purchase Ramius’ interest in Orchard Square Partners, which manages a global long/short credit investment strategy with approximately USD475 million in client assets. »


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