Aoifinn Devitt, who spent four years heading up the European hedge fund practice at Cambridge Associates, has left to establish Clontarf Capital.
Clontarf Capital is an advisory firm specialising in non-traditional asset classes, in particular hedge funds, private equity, commodities and real-estate.
The firm will target family offices, charities, pension funds and other institutions, and will provide advice relating to both funds of funds and direct funds.
Devitt said: 'Diversifying across alternative assets continues to grow in popularity, but as the number of funds on offer has soared and fees and lock-up periods have become more punitive, there is a real need for independent, unbiased advice to enable investors to separate the wheat from the chaff. There is a gap in the market for an independent advisor that can advise across the spectrum of alternative assets. This is particularly relevant today as traditionally discrete sectors, such as private equity and hedge funds, have started to overlap.'
The firm is designed as a one-stop shop for advice, research and due diligence and will offered tailored products according to client needs. 'We understand that different investors will have very different needs from their alternatives advisor, according to where they are in their life cycle of investment. Clontarf Capital aims to provide tailored advice to every client that is appropriate to their point in this life cycle', said Devitt.
While at Cambridge Associates, Devitt advised on six separate accounts invested in direct hedge funds, and led numerous fund of fund searches for charities and other institutions. She also spearheaded the European hedge fund research effort.