TA Associates Adds Hedge Fund of Funds To Portfolio

Mar 28 2007 | 3:45pm ET

If you can’t (or don’t want to) raise it, buy it. This week, private equity firm TA Associates took the path to least resistance, buying a minority stake in K2 Advisors, a $5.5 billion fund of hedge funds. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. 
Approximately $100 million of the proceeds will be invested in existing K2 strategies, as well as incubating new strategies. The firm will also broaden ownership to a greater number of K2 employees. K2 management will remain intact and there will be no changes to the firm’s strategy, operations or personnel.
“We have been looking for an institutional quality fund of hedge funds to invest in for a long time, and K2 Advisors is the type of profitable growth company in which TA seeks to invest,” said Roger Kafker, a managing director who will join the company’s board of directors. “K2’s key investment principals have their roots in the hedge fund industry, which gives them a distinctive perspective on managing risk.”
For its part, K2 is looking to expand its investor base to include TA Associates’ investors.  “We see a significant number of synergies with TA Associates and its limited partners and look forward to working closely with them,” said William Douglass, a K2 co-founder. “We also see opportunities to selectively expand our franchise and this investment will enable us to actively explore those opportunities.”

In Depth

Related-Company Fees: Normal Industry Practice or Conflicted Compensation?

Nov 11 2015 | 4:23pm ET

Regulatory agencies as well as investors are increasingly exploring whether certain...


Ferrari Roars in Wall Street Debut

Oct 21 2015 | 4:28pm ET

Shares of supercar maker Ferrari jumped as much as 15 percent to a high of nearly...

Guest Contributor

Private Debt - What is the Opportunity?

Nov 11 2015 | 3:28pm ET

In this contributed article, Rob Allard, founding partner of Firebreak Capital...


Editor's Note

    Oct 21 2015 | 10:41am ET

    One of the most unique charity benefits in the hedge fund industry, A Leg To Stand On's (ALTSO's) Hedge Fund Rocktoberfest - NYC, raised nearly $500,000 last Thursday thanks to the generous support of major sponsors and nearly 1,400 attendees from the Tri-State finance, business and hedge fund communities. Read more…