Fund managers make switch to high-growth AIF industry

Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) industry is experiencing the influx of top money managers from broking, asset management, and even PE firms. Marquee fund managers are making the switch to newly introduced alternative investment funds (AIFs), which are seeing a rapid growth in commitments thanks to a spike in the number of wealthy investors.

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SBAI develops cost disclosure for hedge funds

The Standards Board for Alternative Investments (SBAI), formerly the Hedge Fund Standards Board, an industry body, has developed a standardized figure for expenses and fees that it said would allow investors to better understand, compare and monitor costs across hedge funds and other alternative investment products.

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Conference on Institutional Participation in Commodity Derivatives Market – 26th Sept

Indian Association of Alternative Investment Funds (IAAIF) is supporting the Conference on Institutional Participation in Commodity Derivative Markets organised by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) on September 26th, at The St. Regis, Mumbai.  

Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has recently permitted Category III Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) to participate in the commodity derivatives market, the first category of financial institutions to participate in this market. IAAIF has been proactively engaged with SEBI by way of representations and meetings for allowing Category III AIFs to participate in commodities segment. It is expected that other categories of financial institutions would, similarly, be allowed over time.

Against this backdrop, FICCI, in partnership with MCX Investor Protection Fund and Thomson Reuters is organizing this day-long Conference to delve on the benefits of institutional participation in Commodity Derivatives market as well as the experience in this segment of other Regulators such as U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Participants at the Conference would be fund managers from global financial institutions like mutual funds and ETFs active in commodity-based trading and other institutions who would be participating for the first time in India’s commodity markets.

Participation is based on Invitation only, no payment of fee is required.  However due to limited seats pre-registration is important. To register, visit here or please send your details and details of other participants from your organisation to foram@aiwmindia.com

 

3rd Annual Credit Summit India 2017 – 29th Aug, Taj Santacruz, Mumbai

The Credit Summit India 2017 (CSI2017) scheduled on 29th August at Hotel Taj Santacruz, Mumbai, is the country’s largest event attracting  professionals from all credit functions.  This Summit is dedicated to special topics in credit risk measurement and management as well as to the discussion of causes and impacts of events on international financial markets and current regulatory activities in the field. The conference is designed to provide an in-depth insight into credit themes, fixed income securities and trends across all major sectors. It is also expected to expand the knowledge on the functioning of the credit / debt business through discussion of both existing and new methods and models of credit analysis, credit risk management and related topics such as relationship lending and regulation.

The conference shall bring together Credit & Fixed Income industry professionals, Regulators, Media, Thought Leaders and Academics active in the field of credit risk management to discuss emerging issues related to: Credit Analysis, Fixed Income, Credit Ratings, Future of Regulations, Credit Portfolio Models & Limitations, Credit Derivatives & Structured Finance, Credit Rating Agencies & Relationship Lending.

Don’t miss out on this biggest and unique gathering of professionals and regulators on Credit. For details on agenda, speakers and to register for the event, please visit: http://www.creditsummit.in/

 

Alternative Assets 101

Alternative assets are not found in standard investment portfolios. Examples of alternatives include art, precious metals, wine, coins and other collectibles. More traditional alternative investments include private equities, hedge funds, managed futures, real estate, commodities, and derivative contracts. These alternative assets are usually less liquid than traditional investments such as stocks, bonds and cash, and thus, have longer investment terms – usually over 12 months.

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Investing in India – Private Equity Regulations

The advent of the year 2015 has seen a lot of political and economic skepticism unfolding in the form of the Brexit vote, demonetization in India, mounting Chinese debt and concerns over trade relations between the US and Asia. It, however, appears that the politico-economic uncertainty has not shown any signs of slowing down the private equity (PE) investment regime. More particularly, with 2016 marking the third year in a row that the Asia-Pacific PE industry has performed at historic levels—a sign that PE performance in the region is increasingly dependent on the sector’s fundamentals. Private equity investments’ value in the Asia-Pacific region crossed $92 billion in 2016; which is a pullback from the 2015 all-time high of $124 billion.

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Webinar: Private Equity in China – deal landscape and cross-border investment risks

Mark your calendar for a complimentary, highly informative webinar for an overview of the Private Equity and Venture Capital deal landscape in China on Thursday, July 20th 2017 at 8.30 AM Indian time. You’ll learn about the players driving deals in China, as well as the risk factors investors should be considering in China deals.

For details and registrations click here

Hedge fund revival quickens

Hedge funds betting on takeovers and company re-organisations are once again attracting investment in Europe amid the continent’s best start to a year for deal-making since 2014.

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The changing functions in private equity firms

Just a short 6 years ago, cloud computing was just becoming a trend in the corporate world. While it posed so many benefits for so many corporations, private equity firms have been slow to adopt the trend and make the most of it. However, some private equity firms have jumped on the bandwagon and have seen a substantial change.

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Family Office Investment Programs: Special Legal Considerations When Investing In Alternative Investment Funds

As part of their strategic investment diversification programs, many family offices invest in private alternative investment funds, which may include real estate funds, hedge funds, private equity funds, venture funds and impact investment funds. While family offices are generally very strong in the financial diligence of these investments, some are not as well-prepared to do legal diligence on them. Here are some family office-focused legal considerations in US, as well as some generally useful resources a family office should look at while making alternative investments.

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