Stories

  • ...Go Green In Numbers

    December 20, 2007

    With environmental concerns becoming a bigger talking point worldwide, hedge fund and private equity firms sought to prove their green credentials by launching funds focused on socially-responsible investing (SRI).

  • 2007 Hedge Fund Launches Smaller Than Past Years

    December 20, 2007

    While hedge funds continued launching at an impressive clip this year, they did so with fewer assets than in the past.

  • 2007 Mandate Scoreboard

    December 20, 2007

    The table below shows new allocation commitments gained by alternative managers year-to-date through Dec. 19. Nearly $48 billion flowed into alternatives this year, according to these commitments, tallied by iisearches.com.

  • 3A Unveils Highly-Concentrated FoF

    December 20, 2007

    3A, the alternatives arm of Swiss banking concern Syz & Co., with $4.5 billion in funds of hedge funds, has launched its most concentrated fund ever and will pitch it as a logical 'next step' for investors with existing multi-strategy fund of funds exposure.

  • AIN Curse Claims More Victims

    December 20, 2007

    Absolute Capital Management and Shooter Fund Management have become the latest hedge fund firms to experience the 'Curse of the AIN Awards.'

  • Alts Firms Flock To Emerging, Frontier Markets...

    December 20, 2007

    Hedge fund and private equity firms continued investing in Brazil, Russia, India and China--BRIC markets--at a blistering pace this year, with many pushing into so-called frontier markets in Africa and the Middle East.

  • Bear Stearns Director Joins Real Estate Firm

    December 20, 2007

    Eric Scheffler of Bear Stearns has joined Madison Realty Capital, a commercial real estate lending hedge fund firm, as managing director.

  • Big Fund Performance Unveils Pleasant Surprises

    December 20, 2007

    With media reports centered on this summer's credit crunch and quant fund meltdown, the general view of hedge funds is probably lower than ever.

  • Cherry-Picking Algos Find Favor

    December 20, 2007

    Structurers are moving toward sophisticated data-mining techniques to cherry pick top-performing stocks for structured retail investments, but the move away from traditional market-based indices has its critics.

  • Conn. Private Equity Firm Launching Third Fund

    December 20, 2007

    Greenwich, Conn.-based Generation Partners, a middle-market private equity firm, is launching its third fund with $300 million.

  • Credit Concerns Shift To Corporate Defaults

    December 20, 2007

    Credit officials believe that even as the liquidity crisis begins to ease up, concerns will shift to an increase in corporate defaults.

  • Credit Conditions To Strangle U.K. CMBS Market

    December 20, 2007

    European commercial property markets will be negatively affected if current liquidity conditions persist, according to Fitch Ratings.

  • Energy Fund Performance Fizzles

    December 20, 2007

    The McOmber Energy Fund, the energy hedge fund run by Boise-based Sawtooth Investment Management, was down 69 basis points in November due to underperforming power generation companies in its portfolio.

  • Ibis Spurred By Short Subprime Plays

    December 20, 2007

    New York-based Ibis Management's maiden hedge fund, a U.S. long/short equity strategy, has returned 8.6% year-to-date through Nov. 30, primarily due to its short subprime bets.

  • J O Hambro Fund Makes Construction, Mining Plays

    December 20, 2007

    J O Hambro Investment Management has lifted the lid on some of the largest holdings of its Asian equity hedge fund, the Tai Chi Fund, which include a Singapore-based construction equipment leasing company, an Indonesian mining concern and a Chinese shipping company.

  • Lazard Lifts Out SSgA Quant Team

    December 20, 2007

    Lazard Asset Management has hired a team from State Street Global Advisors to launch global and regional quantitative equities strategies.

  • North Carolina Firm Seeks Marketing Director

    December 20, 2007

    Charlotte, N.C.-based Afton Capital Management is seeking a director of marketing to sell the firm's long/short equity strategy to institutional investors and high-net-worth individuals.

  • Omni To Close Event-Driven Fund

    December 20, 2007

    Omni Partners, the London-based event-driven hedge fund firm, will close its fund at the end of January when it reaches $350 million.

  • Partners Group Expands Asia Presence

    December 20, 2007

    Zug, Switzerland-based alternatives manager Partners Group is continuing to expand its presence in Asia.

  • Performance Snapshot: Global Macro Hedge Funds

    December 20, 2007

    The table below displays some of last month's top performing global macro managers, according to data provided by Eurekahedge.

  • Pharma Shop Branches Out With New Launch

    December 20, 2007

    New York and London-based pharmaceutical private equity firm Celtic Therapeutics, a spin-off to Celtic Pharma, will launch a fund next quarter.

  • Prophecy or Fallacy?

    December 20, 2007

    In every issue of AIN, it seems, hedge fund managers make attempts at prophecy. How'd those predictions pan out?

  • Quilvest Mulls Change To FoF Strategy

    December 20, 2007

    Quilvest Switzerland, the alternatives firm that manages money for family offices and high-net-worth individuals, is considering changing the strategy of one of its funds of hedge funds.

  • Singapore Firm Preps Second India Fund

    December 20, 2007

    Singapore-based Marshal Advisors is preparing to launch an aggressive long-biased equity hedge fund focused on India by mid-to-late 2008.

  • Superfund To Expand In U.S.

    December 20, 2007

    Superfund Asset Management is seeking to expand its 52-strong U.S. team with up to 15 new hires in New York and Chicago by the end of next quarter.

  • Tales of Cap'n Credit Crunch

    December 20, 2007

  • U.S. Managers Open Wallets To Politicos

    December 20, 2007

    Hedge fund and private equity managers wrote a slew of checks to both major political parties and candidates ahead of next year's general election.

  • Year-End Quiz

    December 20, 2007

    Match the hedge fund pros (and their former firms) with the firms they joined in 2007.

  • Zingers Of The Year

    December 20, 2007

    With hedge fund managers increasingly paranoid--er...increasingly unwilling to speak to AIN on-the-record--it's especially refreshing to hear some hedge fund personalities spout off, even if it's entirely self-serving.


 

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