New Ukraine – Investment Conference – May 13-15th 2015

New Ukraine – Investment Conference – May 13-15th 2015

Empire State Capital Partners, along with its trusted partners and co-sponsors, is pleased to invite you to our annual investment conference, “New Ukraine 2015”, to be held in Kyiv, Ukraine on May 13-15th, 2015 at NSC Olimpiyskiy. Government officials, local business leaders and globally-renowned speakers will take part at the event. The conference will address…

Asia Frontier Capital Newsletter – Country Report: Iraq

AFC Country Report: Iraq – The post conflict opportunity To mark the upcoming launch of the AFC Iraq Fund and to follow up on our recent in-depth coverage of Iraq in our previous newsletter (click here), this month we will be covering the post-conflict opportunity of Iraq. Country snapshots for all of AFC’s markets can…

Catterton Nabs Eton Park Team for New LATAM Fund

Private equity firm Catterton has hired several Eton Park associates to form its first Latin America fund. Former Eton Park executives Dirk Donath and Ricardo Salmon are joining Catterton along with several team members from Eton Park, according to media reports. Donath, who joined Eton Park in 2005 and has extensive experience with illiquid emerging…

Motilal Oswal Asset Management Launches India Zen Fund

Motilal Oswal Asset Management Company (MOAMC) has launched an offshore hedge fund through its Mauritius-based investment management company. The long-only-bottoms-up fund, called India Zen Fund, hopes to raise $100 million by December 2015. The fund will specialize in investing in Indian mid-cap securities with a private equity-style diligence approach, the company said in a statement.…

Sberbank: Russians slightly more upbeat about economy but thriftier

By Andrei Skvarsky. Surveys by Sberbank, Russia’s biggest lender, suggest that the average Russian was slightly more optimistic about the country’s overall economic situation but thriftier in the first quarter of 2015 than in the last three months of 2014.

GUEST COMMENT: Sanctions or no sanctions, Russian markets are rallying

By Jerome Booth, Chairman, New Sparta. It’s generally a good idea to buy cheap and sell high, not the other way round. On any fundamental value basis the Russian market is oversold – not least due to the relentlessly negative headlines in the Western press. Of course one shouldn’t try to catch falling knives.  But…

Soros Ready To Invest $1B In Ukraine If West Helps

Soros Ready To Invest $1B In Ukraine If West Helps

(Reuters) – George Soros is ready to invest $1 billion in Ukraine if Western countries help private investment there, and sees a 1 in 3 chance Greece will leave the euro, the billionaire financier told Austrian newspaper Der Standard. Soros has previously urged the West to step up aid to Ukraine, outlining steps toward a $50…

Hong Kong Hedge Funds Reach Record AUM

A new survey by the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) shows that hedge funds there have amassed a record $120.9 billion in assets under management, eclipsing 2008’s prior peak of $90.1 billion. The report shows that as of the start of the fourth quarter of 2014, SFC-licensed managers indicated a growth in AUM…

MCAM Group appoints James Han as MD for Asia

Prior to joining MCAM, Han was Group Head of Private Placement Services at KTB Investment & Securities, one of South Korea’s largest independent investment banking and brokerage firms. Before that, he was a founding partner at Straight Wharf Capital Management, an Asian equity long/short hedge fund seeded by Julian Robertson’s Tiger Fund Management. Han’s career…

Carlyle Group Buys Sterling Resources’ Romanian Gas Fields

Carlyle International Energy Partners (CIEP) announced plans to purchase Sterling Resources’ Romanian gas fields. The news comes just a few days after the private equity fund announced it had raised $2.5 billion to purchase global energy assets. With the slump in oil prices hammering Sterling’s revenue streams, the deal allowed Carlyle to snap up at…

Northern Trust Promotes Burnett to Head of EMEA Hedge Fund Services

Northern Trust’s fast-growing hedge fund administration business has promoted David Burnett to head of Northern Trust Hedge Fund Services in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Based in London, Burnett will lead Northern Trust Hedge Fund Services in EMEA, reporting to Peter Sanchez, global head of Northern Trust Hedge Fund Services, according to a press…