By Neeraj Gangal
Investcorp will manage two US hedge fund mandates worth $310m in total.
Investcorp, the asset management firm specialising in alternative investments, announced on Tuesday that it had been appointed to manage two US hedge fund mandates worth a combined $310mn.These managed account mandates from US institutional investors are part of the more than $1bn in new mandates that Investcorp's hedge funds business has received this year from institutional investors in the US, the firm said in a press release.
Mohammed Al Shroogi, Investcorp's president of Gulf business, said: "The two US institutions who awarded us these new mandates are existing clients, who have been investing in Investcorp's hedge funds programs since 2007, before the financial crisis. It is significant, and a pleasing endorsement, that they are, at this time, further increasing their allocations, and by significant amounts, to our hedge funds. "
“This reflects a growing trend among US institutional investors, who are currently increasing their portfolio allocations to alternative investment classes, in particular to hedge funds. We are anticipating a similar trend here in the Gulf region, with positive indications of interest in our meetings with Gulf-based institutional and ultra high net worth investors to increasing their weighting to hedge funds, as they look to reposition portfolios for stronger returns."
Khalid Al Rumaihi, Investcorp's head of institutional investments in the Gulf, said: "Our 13 year track record, as well as strong returns of 12.3% in the first six months of 2009 coupled with innovative risk management, is positioning us well with Gulf investors, as investor confidence is returning."
The first US mandate is a $250m investment from one of the largest listed insurers in the US, which has an investment portfolio exceeding $100bn; the second is a $60m mandate from one of the largest US public pension plans, which has over $90bn in assets under management, according to Investcorp.
Investcorp is investing these new mandates using a global macro investment strategy, a style of investing that finds opportunity in variations in interest rates, foreign exchange rates and other macro-economic differences.
Investcorp's hedge fund business currently manages, on behalf of Investcorp's private and institutional clients, a range of funds of hedge funds and structured fund products.