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Jonathan Piper, partner, DLA Piper

Tiffin vs Lester Aldridge LLP

Wed, 01/02/2012 - 22:33

The UK Court of Appeal has today handed down judgment in a case which considers the circumstances in which an individual who enters into a members' agreement in a limited liability partnership may be considered to be an employee. Jonathan Exten-Wright, employment partner, DLA Piper explains… »

Seth Merrin, CEO, Liquidnet

Deutsche Boerse-NYSE Euronext merger would ‘bring nothing to institutional investors’

Wed, 01/02/2012 - 14:42

Seth Merrin (pictured), CEO of Liquidnet, comments on reports the European Competition Commissioner, Joaquin Almunia, is to block the planned merger of Deutsche Boerse and NYSE Euronext… »

Galia Velimukhametova, manager of the GLG European Distressed Fund

Unprecedented opportunities for distressed debt investors

Tue, 31/01/2012 - 13:09

European crisis could offer unprecedented opportunities for distressed debt investors, says Galia Velimukhametova (pictured), manager of the GLG European Distressed Fund… »

David Berman, partner Macfarlanes

Wall-crossings – market abuse – a cautionary tale?

Mon, 30/01/2012 - 14:08

As highlighted by the David Einhorn/Greenlight Capital Inc FSA Decision Notices published recently wall-crossings are again in the regulatory spotlight. It might prudently be assumed that the regulator’s focus on this aspect of market activity will only continue to intensify, says David Berman (pictured), partner, Macfarlanes… »

Marcus Bullus, trading director, MB Capital

Obama's undeclared election campaign makes a dream start

Fri, 27/01/2012 - 14:34

First more jobs and now a resurgent economy – January has seen President Obama's undeclared re-election campaign make a dream start, says Marcus Bullus (pictured), trading director at MB Capital… »

Gregory Brandman, partner, Eversheds

Einhorn fine puts down a clear marker

Thu, 26/01/2012 - 19:37

The decision by the FSA to fine David Einhorn and his firm, Greenlight Capital, GBP7.2 million demonstrates the FSA’s commitment to stamping out market abuse, says Gregory Brandma »

Graham Neilson, chief investment strategist, Cairn Capital

2012 has a good starting point even though the themes and stress points will remain the same

Wed, 25/01/2012 - 14:24

The start of this year looks very different to 2011 and 2010 even though the themes and stress points remain the same: Risk is cheaper, non government net issuance is negative, investor allocation to financials and growth related assets is low, another upturn in the global liquidity cycle is starting and Euro break up fears recently hit new highs, according to Graham Neilson, chief investment strategist, Cairn Capital… »

Selwyn Pillay, portfolio manager, Blue Ink Investments

Hedge funds to benefit from market volatility in 2012

Fri, 20/01/2012 - 13:55

With investment markets characterised by extreme levels of volatility in 2011, a trend that is expected to continue in 2012, investors need to review their investment approach in order to ensure satisfactory growth in their assets. According to Selwyn Pillay (pictured), portfolio manager at Blue Ink Investments, traditional policies and strategies may not necessarily result in palatable investment returns, especially if the general movement of asset classes (beta returns) fails to deliver conventional levels of growth.… »

James Millard, CIO, SIG

Skandia Investment Group (SIG) increases weighting to equities

Thu, 19/01/2012 - 09:11

SIG is increasing its weighting to equities against a background of almost universal investor pessimism, according to the firm’s latest monthly asset allocation report. In his monthly note, SIG CIO James Millard says, “investors remain very overweight cash” but “we are considerably more optimistic on the outlook for markets than consensus”… »

John Redwood, investment committe chairman, Evercore Pan-Asset

Are UK prospects improving?

Wed, 18/01/2012 - 13:24

John Redwood, chairman of Evercore Pan-Asset’s investment committee, looks at what the coming year could hold for the UK economy… »

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