Alexa Lam, Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong

Aima launches Chinese translation of hedge fund guide

The Alternative Investment Management Association has launched a Chinese translation of the first global hedge fund guide for institutional investors. »


Luc Popelier, chief executive of KBC Group’s market activities

KBC completes sale of convertible bond and Asian equity derivatives businesses

KBC Group has finalised the sale of its global convertible bond and Asian equity derivatives businesses to Daiwa Capital Markets for a total consideration of approximately USD1.2bn. »


New York

Robert Picard joins Lyxor Asset Management

Lyxor Asset Management has hired Robert Picard as US head of managed account development.  »


Copper

London Metal Exchange to launch Asian benchmark prices in January

The London Metal Exchange will launch new reference prices for copper, aluminium and zinc markets on 24 January 2011, based on trading activity on the exchange during the Asian time zone. »


Bag of money

100 Women in Hedge Funds raises USD1.6m for youth mentoring charity

The 100 Women in Hedge Funds New York Gala has raised USD1.6m in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the oldest and largest youth mentoring organisation in the US.  »


Calculator and receipt

Merrion reduces charge for European long/short equity fund

Merrion Investment Managers has reduced the annual management charge on the Merrion European Absolute Return Fund.  »


Traders in office

BTIG launches futures trading desk

BTIG, a broker dealer specialising in institutional trading and related brokerage services, has launched a global futures trading desk led by Robert Gagnon, who joins as head of futures sales and trading. »


Money and handshake

Survey predicts global increase in lending activity in 2011

The global financing markets are headed for a revival over the next 12 months, with a slower recovery expected in Europe, according to a survey of capital providers conducted by law firm Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker in association with mergermarket and Debtwire. »


Man with laptop

Societe Generale launches turnkey Ucits funds solution

Societe Generale has launched a Ucits fund solution for fund managers setting up or redomiciling funds under Ucits regulations. »


Acquisition

StormHarbour acquires investment manager Fortrinn Partners

StormHarbour Partners, a global markets and financial advisory firm, has accelerated the build-out of its alternative asset management business by agreeing to acquire London-based Fortrinn Partners, an investment manager that specialises in volatility trading strategies. »


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