FoF K2 Advisors Considering Sale

Jun 23 2011 | 7:23am ET

K2 Advisors, the $10 billion fund of hedge funds, may be looking for a buyer.

The Wall Street Journal reports the Stamford, Conn.-based shop is in discussions with possible buyers, including the Carlyle Group. Citing people “familiar with the matter,” the paper said K2 is considering an outright sale or the sale of a majority stake.

K2 co-founder David C. Saunders refused to comment on the issue, telling the WSJ, “Right now we're just interested in managing money. We think we're in a really great position. Anything else would be a distraction.”

K2 has added about $3 billion in AUM since 2008, despite choppy markets.

Saunders founded K2 in 1994 with William A. Douglass III, calling it after the Himalayan mountain of the same name. The firm has offices in London, Sydney and Tokyo, as well as the U.S. and over 90% of its AUM come from institutional investors, according to marketing documents viewed by the paper.

T.A. Associates, a Boston-based private-equity firm, bought a minority stake in K2 in 2007. The value of the transaction was never revealed.


In Depth

Q&A: Old Hill's Stone On Private Debt, P2P And Credit Bubbles

Jun 6 2017 | 7:52pm ET

While institutional capital continues to flow into the broader private debt sector...

Lifestyle

CFA Institute To Add Computer Science To Exam Curriculum

May 24 2017 | 9:25pm ET

Starting in 2019, financial industry executives sitting for the coveted Chartered...

Guest Contributor

AIMA: How The U.K.'s SMCR Will Affect U.S. Firms

Jun 20 2017 | 6:29pm ET

U.S. investment managers need to think seriously about how tough new U.K. conduct...

 

From the current issue of