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Weekly Brief: Merger arbitrage cheers M&A spree

Weekly Brief: Merger arbitrage cheers M&A spree

Mon, 01/06/2015 - 17:51

The current year is on track to be the best year for M&A ever. Since the beginning of the year, global M&A volumes have reached USD1800bn according to Bloomberg, the best first five months in twenty years. Such figures include announced, pending and completed deals and are thus subject to revisions. Overall, US deals dominate, accounting for 45 per cent of M&A activity year to date and in terms of sectors, health care is leading, followed by financials and communications. »

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Hedgeweek USA Awards 2015 – voting now open

Mon, 01/06/2015 - 16:54

Voting for the 5th edition of the Hedgeweek USA Awards, which recognise excellence among hedge fund managers and service providers around the world, is now open. »

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SWFs set to allocate more to global real estate

Mon, 01/06/2015 - 15:16

By James Williams – Sovereign Wealth Funds are showing a lot of appetite for real estate assets as total AUM in this segment of the alternative funds space continues to build and investors look to diversify their portfolios.  »

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The USD1bn Club: Largest investors in hedge funds

Mon, 01/06/2015 - 15:11

Following on from last week’s extract from the Preqin Hedge Fund Spotlight | May 2015, which focused on the largest hedge fund managers in the industry, Simon Dhadwal takes an in-depth look at the ‘USD1bn Club’ of institutional investors allocating at least USD1bn to hedge funds, including the significance of this group, investment preferences and new entrants to the Club. »

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State Street appoints hedge fund veteran Effie Datson

Mon, 01/06/2015 - 14:15

State Street Corporation has appointed Effie Datson as global head of product for its Alternative Investment Solutions division. Datson’s initial focus will be on expanding the global footprint of InfraHedge, State Street’s USD15 billion managed account platform. »

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Investor research: Have your say!

Mon, 01/06/2015 - 13:07

The current economic climate may be difficult to read but it does present investment opportunities. Identifying these opportunities and the systems to support them is becoming an increasing challenge. »

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Malta and the AIFMD – MFSA Chairman Joseph Bannister to give keynote address at one-off event in London

Mon, 01/06/2015 - 13:05

It's less than two weeks until London-based investment managers still trying to get their heads around the various machinations of the AIFMD, can get expert insight into the benefits of setting up an EU-regulated fund in Malta. »

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MKO rebrands as EisnerAmper Ireland

Mon, 01/06/2015 - 10:00

Irish accountancy firm MKO is joining with US accountancy firm, EisnerAmper, to form a new global network called EisnerAmper Global. MKO will now trade under the brand of EisnerAmper Ireland. »

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iPass reaches settlement agreement with hedge funds over board composition

Mon, 01/06/2015 - 09:00

iPass Inc has reached an agreement with Maguire Asset Management, Francis Capital Management, Foxhill Opportunity Fund. and their respective affiliates and nominees, over the composition of the iPass Board of Directors. »

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Ankur Crawford joins Patrick Kelly as Portfolio Manager on Alger SICAV

Mon, 01/06/2015 - 09:00

Fred Alger Management, Inc., a leading asset management firm, announced today that  »

MediaWatch WA awards 2015

See interviews and presentation at the Wealth Adviser 2015 awards ceremony, held at Sketch, Mayfair on the 15th May .... »

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State Street Global Advisors – Volatility and the benefits of downside protection strategies

State Street Global Advisors has unveiled the results of an in-depth survey of 420 senior executives within global private and public pension plans, endowments, foundations and sovereign wealth funds, summarised in this keynote Hedgeweek Special Report... »

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Hedge Fund Technology 2015

Hedge Fund Technology 2015

Tue, 19/05/2015 - 11:00

This keynote Hedgeweek Special Report surveys the key technology products and software solutions available to hedge funds,, and drills down into each one through interviews and analysis to summarise their benefits to COOs, CTOs and CFOs at hedge funds... »

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Voting for the 5th edition of the Hedgeweek USA Awards, which recognise excellence among hedge fund managers and service providers around the world, is now open. ... »

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Cybersecurity issues have existed as long as the internet. What seems to have changed in the last 18 months is not only that the nature of the breaches has become more sophisticated, but also the fact that hedge funds have become a much bigger target.  ... »

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Commodities 2015: The outlook for investors

Investing in commodities can yield handsome returns, but investors need to focus sharply on timing and diversify their portfolios away from traditional safe havens and into sectors such as agriculturals and products such as ETFs. As one expert reveals in this special report, "Gold is not the only yellow commodity one should have in their portfolio"... »

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