KBC To Close Alts. Unit, Cut Back On Hedge Fund Activities

Dec 16 2008 | 3:50am ET

KBC, the Belgian financial services firm, is scaling back its hedge fund activities, it said yesterday.

The firm plans to discontinue some of its “hedge fund-related activities,” including closing its KBC Alternative Investment Management service. The moves are part of a larger strategic review at KBC, which is seeking to cut costs and has already imposed a hiring freeze in its home country for next year. The firm last month received a US$4.7 billion capital infusion from the Belgian government.

KBC said the hedge fund cutbacks would lead to layoffs where no suitable internal transfers are available. KBC Alternative Investment Management employs 28 people in New York, London and Hong Kong. The group focuses on relative value and market-neutral strategies.


In Depth

GSAM's Papagiannis: Liquid Alternatives For The Long Run

Apr 21 2017 | 8:44pm ET

Interest in liquid alternatives cooled a bit last year amid a broad shift in investor...

Lifestyle

Aston Martin Returns To Debt Market As DB11 Drives Turnaround

Mar 31 2017 | 5:21pm ET

James Bond’s preferred carmaker is returning to the public debt markets for the...

Guest Contributor

Debunking Conventional Investment Wisdom (Part II)

Apr 17 2017 | 5:56pm ET

The alternative investment industry is currently replete with buzzwords around data...

 

From the current issue of