Morgan Stanley names new CFO

By Andrei Skvarsky. Morgan Stanley has named Jonathan Pruzan, co-head of the bank’s global financial institutions group in investment banking, as chief financial officer to replace Ruth Porat, who has been hired as finance chief by Google, according to various media reports.Continue Reading

Armajaro Commodities PM Tilney Stepping Down

Armajaro Asset Management’s John Tilney is stepping down from the lead manager role of the company’s flagship Armajaro Commodities Fund. Tilney will become an advisor to the fund, according to media reports. His role will be assumed by Armajaro partner and fund co-manager Oliver Denny. Armajaro’s Commodity Fund is down 5.49% year to date, according…

Assets Surge For Top Emerging Managers

Emerging managers have their work cut out for them when it comes to attracting assets, but recent data shows the majority of the top new funds grew AUM last year. 74% of hedge funds on Hedgetracker’s Top Emerging Hedge Fund Managers list saw equity assets increase during the fourth quarter of 2014, while the group…

Man Group Launches Two New Quant Equity UCITS

Man Group’s 2014 acquisition of Boston-based quant shop Numeric Holdings has resulted in two new quantitative UCITS being debuted to the European market. The Man Numeric Market Neutral Alternative fund and the Man Numeric Emerging Markets Equity fund are both domiciled in Dublin. The Man Numeric Market Neutral Alternative fund is a UCITS-compliant version of…

Rothschild Asset Management Names Michael Woods as CEO

Rothschild Asset Management, the US asset management business of the Rothschild Group, has appointed Michael Woods as its new CEO. Woods joins the firm frrom Deutsche Bank, where he was Head of the Americas, Global Client Group for Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management and CEO of DWS Investments. In these roles, he was responsible for…

Carlyle Raises $2.5 Billion for New International Energy Fund

Carlyle Group has closed on a new international energy fund with commitments of $2.5 billion from 160 investors, according to media reports. The new fund, which surpassed Carlyle’s initial $1.5 billion target, will invest exclusively in oil and gas projects located outside the U.S. Carlyle is in good company. Since the collapse in oil prices…

Brazil’s Peninsula Forming New Distressed Asset Fund As Bankruptcies Surge

Brazilian asset management firm Peninsula Investimentos is launching a distressed-asset fund. Backed by Credit Suisse Group, the fund is expected to be around R$500 million, or approximately $155 million. The company has brought on five new staff members for the effort, according to media reports quoting CEO Antonio Quintella, and will begin raising the fund…

TPG Capital Names Zubin Irani as Managing Director

TPG Capital has appointed Zubin Irani to managing direct in its operations group in Asia-Pacific. He will relocate to the company’s Singapore office from New Delhi, India. In his new role, Irani will aim to build out the firm’s operations and boost talent management and performance across the firm’s various portfolios, the company said in…

Rokos Hires Goldman’s Riley For New Hedge Fund

Former Goldman Sachs co-head of Asia Pacific macro trading, Stuart Riley, has joined Brevan Howard ex-trader Chris Rokos in his new venture, according to media reports. Rokos, who reportedly made $4 billion for Brevan Howard between 2004 and 2012, began setting up his own fund after a legal dispute with Brevan came to an end…

Survey: Hedge Fund Industry “Blind Spots” Persist

Survey: Hedge Fund Industry “Blind Spots” Persist

The hedge fund industry’s rapid growth and an increasingly complex regulatory environment have fueled differing views on transparency and independent controls among hedge fund managers and institutional investors, according to a new survey by Northern Trust. An overwhelming majority of managers (90%) said that all or nearly all of their investors are satisfied with the…

Emerging Capital Partners Appoints Seyi Owodunni to Managing Director

Emerging Capital Partners (ECP), a pan-African private equity firm with seven offices across Africa, appointed Seyi Owodunni as Managing Director of the firm’s Lagos, Nigeria office. According to reports, his new role will be to source and secure investment opportunities and help lead initiations to drive strategic and operational improvements. “As West Africa continues to…

Private Equity Deals in Africa Hit $8.1 Billion in 2014

Private Equity Deals in Africa Hit $8.1 Billion in 2014

The total value of private equity deals in Africa in 2014 hit $8.1 billion, the second-highest level on record. Fueled by population growth and increased political stabilization, global PE interest is rising on the continent. Last year’s total was just shy of the 2007 record of $8.3 billion, according to African Private Equity and Venture…

Asia Frontier Capital Unveils Iraq-Focused Hedge Fund

Asia Frontier Capital Limited is gearing up to launch an Iraq-focused hedge fund by the end of April. The AFC Iraq Fund is managed under the leadership team of Thomas Hugger, CEO, and Ahmed Tabaqchali, CIO, who between them have extensive experience covering the global, emerging, frontier, and MENA markets. The new fund aims to…