Cantab Capital Reaches $4.5 Billion, Closes To New Investors

Nov 8 2012 | 4:37am ET

While most hedge funds struggle to raise assets, one Cambridge, England-based firm isn’t having any trouble.

Cantab Capital Partners has closed its flagship quantitative strategy to new investors after reaching capacity with $4.5 billion in assets under management.

Ewan Kirk, chief investment officer and founding partner of Cantab, said the CCP Quantitative strategy “is currently at the optimal size for us to continue delivering attractive risk adjusted returns to our investors.”

Cantab has close ties to academia, which isn’t surprising giving its location in one of the UK’s preeminent university towns. The firm’s team consists of 37 employees, most of whom are focused on research and trading.

The CCP Quantitative Fund was launched almost six years ago with $30 million in assets under management. According to the firm, the strong growth is due to “Cantab’s high-quality team, world class technology, robust high-performance models, state-of-the-art risk management, and high levels of liquidity and transparency.”

The firm implements its investment strategy by constructing a portfolio of multiple models across three broadly uncorrelated sources of return and clusters of models – value, medium term momentum and short-term trading.

Kirk added: “We are extremely pleased with the continued support from our investors which, combined with the hard work and dedication of our team, has allowed us to reach this point.”

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