Signia's Hedge Fund Assets Top £500M

Nov 26 2014 | 11:32am ET

Signia Wealth has gone in for alternatives in a big way.

The London-based boutique founded by Nathalie Dauriac-Stoebe now runs almost 25% of its £2.2 billion ($3.5 billion) in hedge funds. That means a £500 million ($790 million) hedge fund portfolio.

The increased interest in hedge funds follows the March hire of Michael Rosenthal, former global co-head of hedge fund investment at Amundi Alternative Asset Management. Most Signia clients have since increased their hedge fund exposure by about 10%, reports Citywire, focusing on strategies like merger arbitrage and equity long-short.

Said Signia chief investment officer Chris Godding: “We’re entering a world where bonds are offering limited return potential, and many of our clients are eager to find an asset with low volatility and good returns.

“Select hedge funds can meet these criteria and are becoming a more significant part of our strategic focus at Signia Wealth. The appointment of Michael to spearhead this front has proven to be a resounding success. Our sophisticated client base is showing unanimous support for his expertise and this £500 million landmark precedes a substantially larger pipeline.”

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