Soccer Hedge Fund Kicks Off

Mar 21 2011 | 6:55am ET

Soccer fans can now combine their love of the beautiful game with investing in hedge funds thanks to a recently-launched vehicle.

The London Nominees Football Fund officially debuted last week, investing in football-related commercial businesses. The fund, which targets returns in excess of 20% per year, has already made its first investments, and is now seeking a "limited number of additional private investors" before an eventual listing on an exchange within three years.

To attract those footie-loving investors, the London-based hedge fund has named two legends of the game to lead its team: Manchester United's former "Captain Marvel," Bryan Robson and Brazilian World Cup hero Carlos Alberto Torres. The fund also features former Liverpool Football Club star Steve McMahon and veterans of the sport such as Jim Smith, Peter Reid and Steve Darby.

The Football Fund aims to invest in soccer-related businesses with a  three-to-five year track record, with a focus on Asia.

"Football in Asia is expanding in terms of both wealth and popularity at a rapid rate and the growth potential for companies here is huge," CEO Andrew Leppard told HedgeCo.net. "With our business expertise and the legendary status of our football team we can help to drive these companies forward, firstly in Asia and then throughout the globe."


In Depth

Malik: The Science of Deal Sourcing 201

Aug 27 2015 | 5:35pm ET

Deal sourcing is understandably a hot topic among private equity firms because it...

Lifestyle

Rolling Art Advisors Marketing Collectible Car Fund As Uncorrelated Alternative

Aug 27 2015 | 6:47pm ET

A new fund is trying to provide investors with greater access to an emerging asset...

Guest Contributor

FATCA for Hedge Funds: Eight Common Pitfalls

Sep 1 2015 | 10:56am ET

FATCA is now a way of life for those in the financial industry and most professionals...

 

Editor's Note