Wednesday, 17 September 2014
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Oct 2 2007 | 8:55am ET
Taking a page from fellow troubled hedge fund Absolute Capital Management, Australia’s Basis Capital has asked investors in its remaining fund for permission to split it in twain.
In a letter to clients last week, Basis proposed splitting the Pac-Rim Opportunity Fund into one specializing in Asian high-yield investments and another for its structured credit portfolio, the Financial Times reports, effectively quarantining its disastrous sub-prime linked investments from its less-disastrous high-yield portfolio. Investors would receive shares in both of the new funds. Pac-Rim dropped about 50% in June and July, Basis acknowledged last week; the Sydney-based firm’s other hedge fund, Yield Alpha, is in the process of liquidation.
Unlike ACMH, the Majorca, Spain-based hedge firm hit by co-founder Florian Homm’s resignation last month, Basis said it would not reset its high-water mark to start earning performance fees again. Basis suggested in the letter that splitting the fund would enable it to begin fundraising again, injecting liquidity into a fund whose illiquidity has forced the firm to suspend redemptions, allowing it to lift that restriction.
Aug 25 2014 | 11:21am ET
As many of you know, FINalternatives was recently acquired by the owners of Futures magazine, a firm called The Alpha Pages LLC. Today marks the soft-launch of a new sister site for both publications. As its name suggests, The Alpha Pages will cover all types of alternative investments, going far beyond the more well-known ones such as hedge funds and private equity. Read more…
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