Joined hands

Crestline Investors partners with Denali Capital to expand syndicated loan and CLO business

Institutional alternative investment manager Crestline Investors has partnered with Denali Capital, a syndicated commercial loan asset management firm, to further expand a collateralised loan obligation (CLO) platform. »


James Williams, Hedgeweek

First Trust Global Portfolios Ltd launches multi-factor Eurozone ETF on Euronext… HSBC to provide asset services to Korea’s first RQFII manager…

Gottex Fund Management is gearing up to launch its first UCITS product under the popular RQFII program that gives global asset managers access to China’s equity markets. The fund is scheduled to launch in the first quarter of 2015 according to the firm’s latest trading statement. It will invest in China’s A-shares market and will be managed by the Gottex-VStone Asset Management office in Shanghai. Gottex moved to establish a joint venture with VStone last year. »


Euros

Luxembourg reaches record assets under management of over EUR3,000bn

Assets under management of Luxembourg domiciled funds reached EUR3,006.76 billion at the end of September 2014. »


Green light

LOIM launches diversified Alternative Risk Premia

Lombard Odier Investment Managers (LOIM) has built a long/short strategy across asset classes aimed at improving risk-adjusted returns with a low correlation to traditional investments. »


Jason Brandt

Maples Fund Services establishes Boston footprint

By Jason Brandt (pictured) - Visionary service providers are always attuned to jurisdictions which provide a healthy and active client base within an environment that supports their operations. Establishing a presence at just the right time is as crucial as having a unique product offering, with newcomers competing to set themselves apart from the entrenched, native firms. »


Gavel

Rengan Rajaratnam to settle SEC insider trading charges

Former hedge fund manager Rajarengan “Rengan” Rajaratnam has agreed to pay more than USD840,000 and accept securities industry bars in order to settle the Securities and Exchange Comission’s (SEC) insider trading case against him. »


Alexandre Jaumotte, PwC

SCSp gives real estate fund managers greater choice

PwC Luxembourg is the leading professional services firm in the country with around 2,400 people. Similarly, its Real Estate and Infrastructure team is the largest multidisciplinary team of specialists in the Grand Duchy with more than 250 experts supporting global real estate managers; these range from tax advisers and engineers to auditors and fund accountants. »


Kavitha Ramachandran, Maitland

Luxembourg leads in AIFMD stakes

By Kavitha Ramachandran, Maitland - As the alternative investment market matures, investors are increasingly demanding far more information and transparency from fund managers in return for their capital. Transparency is the new name of the game. In this regard, the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) may be viewed as a single piece of regulation, but its ultimate aims are more or less in line with other regulatory changes such as MiFID II/MiFIR and PRIPS. There will come a point where the reporting and transparency requirements demanded under the AIFMD will become the minimum accepted standard needed to attract investors. »


Justin Partington, Ipes

Luxembourg develops the right ecosystem to support PERE managers

A true sign of how well a fund jurisdiction is doing is the level of growth, not just in new fund formations, but asset growth within administration firms. The onset of the AIFMD has opened up a new range of services for administrators, in particular by providing a Depo Lite solution to managers running non-EU funds. »


Mario Mantrisi, Senior Advisor to the CEO and Member of the Executive Board at KNEIP

Annex IV reporting: the challenges of a moving target

There is no experience as the one gained in the front lines. The fund industry struggles with changing regulation, and those companies whose business model is based on providing reporting services know best that the devil lies in the detail. The following are a number of observations after 12 months of report production and filing of the Annex IV Transparency Reports of AIFMD. »


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