Survey: Hedge Fund Industry “Blind Spots” Persist

The hedge fund industry’s rapid growth and an increasingly complex regulatory environment have fueled differing views on transparency and independent controls among hedge fund managers and institutional investors, according to a new survey by Northern Trust. An overwhelming majority of managers (90%) said that all or nearly all of their investors are satisfied with the… Continue Reading

Emerging Capital Partners Appoints Seyi Owodunni to Managing Director

Emerging Capital Partners (ECP), a pan-African private equity firm with seven offices across Africa, appointed Seyi Owodunni as Managing Director of the firm’s Lagos, Nigeria office. According to reports, his new role will be to source and secure investment opportunities and help lead initiations to drive strategic and operational improvements. “As West Africa continues to… Continue Reading

Private Equity Deals in Africa Hit $8.1 Billion in 2014

The total value of private equity deals in Africa in 2014 hit $8.1 billion, the second-highest level on record. Fueled by population growth and increased political stabilization, global PE interest is rising on the continent. Last year’s total was just shy of the 2007 record of $8.3 billion, according to African Private Equity and Venture… Continue Reading

Asia Frontier Capital Unveils Iraq-Focused Hedge Fund

Asia Frontier Capital Limited is gearing up to launch an Iraq-focused hedge fund by the end of April. The AFC Iraq Fund is managed under the leadership team of Thomas Hugger, CEO, and Ahmed Tabaqchali, CIO, who between them have extensive experience covering the global, emerging, frontier, and MENA markets. The new fund aims to… Continue Reading

Runa Capital invests €3 million in Finnish open source database solution provider MariaDB Corp.

Last week Runa Capital, a venture firm operating globally from its offices in Moscow and San Francisco, announced a €3 million investment in MariaDB Corporation, a global software vendor specializing in high availability, high performance and highly scalable open source database solutions. Headquartered in Espoo, Finland, MariaDB (also known as SkySQL) aims to become “the… Continue Reading

Asia Frontier Capital Newsletter – Country Snapshot: Mongolia

Although it is the least densely populated country in the world, with less than 3 million people living in a land area of 1.5 million km2, Mongolia has the potential to see the greatest growth of any country within the AFC Asia Frontier Universe. Mongolia’s economy is traditionally based on herding and agriculture, but is… Continue Reading

Bain Raising $3bn for New Asia Private Equity Fund

Famed private equity company Bain Capital plans to begin raising funds for a third Asian fund as deals in the region surge. Co-founded by former U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Bain is reportedly targeting $2.5 billion to $3 billion for the size of the new fund, according to media reports. Further details were not available.… Continue Reading

The Greatest Career Mistake

Whether you are seeking a new job, trying to get a startup off the ground, or attempting to scale the corporate ladder, the greatest mistake you are making is very simple, and very avoidable: Doing it by yourself. Some of the greatest minds, leaders, and entrepreneurs have all called upon the help of a Mentor… Continue Reading

HFR: Hedge Funds Sour On Emerging Markets

Hedge fund capital invested in emerging markets declined to conclude 2014, falling from the record level established in 3Q14 on a combination of performance losses and investor outflows concentrated in funds with exposure to Russia. The HFRI EM: Russia/Eastern Europe Index declined 18.6% in 4Q14, bringing the 2014 full year loss to 26.5%, making 2014… Continue Reading

Omni Macro Fund Bullish On India, Watching China

Omni Macro Fund was formed in 2007 by Stephen Rosen, previously a prop trader at JP Morgan. The $600 million strategy was up 5.7% in 2014 and is over three percent ahead so far in 2015. Rosen  is supported by Head of Strategy Chris Morrison, also a former prop trader at JP Morgan. In addition… Continue Reading

EBRD and KICB finance improvements for Ak Bermet resort on Lake Issyk-Kul

Lake Issyk-Kul is one of the most famous sights in the Kyrgyz Republic and Central Asia. With appropriate investment, the area has the potential for further promotion as an attractive holiday resort. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and KICB, its local partner bank, are supporting further development of this tourist attraction by… Continue Reading

Uniform rules on syndicated lending drafted in Russia

By Andrei Skvarsky. A large group of banks and companies including Sberbank, Deutsche Bank, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Baker & McKenzie have drafted uniform rules on syndicated lending based on Russian law in a bid to do away with legal discrepancies in the current Russian syndicated lending practice. Continue Reading

International private equity firms Siguler Guff and CapMan invest in Russian educational test preparation company

Siguler Guff and CapMan, two international private equity firms, announced last week an investment in Maximum Education, a major Russian provider of educational test preparation services, in exchange for “a significant minority stake.” Siguler Guff declined to disclose any further details of the transaction, but Maximum Education CEO Michael Magkov told East-West Digital News it… Continue Reading

Russian venture fund Life.Sreda seeks to sell assets amid first signs of severe industry contraction

Russian fintech fund Life.Sreda is seeking buyers for the greater part of its portfolio companies, both Russian and foreign, Russian business daily Vedomosti has learned from unnamed industry insiders. The fund intends to concentrate on the development of its most promising project, mobile acquiring startup LifePay. In an exchange with the newspaper, Life.Sreda representative Anna… Continue Reading

Associate Finance Manager for Venture Fund, Moscow

A direct vacancy from www.russiansinthecity.eu Responsibilities: – Analysis of investment projects; – Analysis of business models of project companies of the fund in Russia; – Preparation of managerial finance statements for project companies of the fund; – Preparation of investment presentations about portfolio companies of the fund. Continue Reading

7th Russia & CIS Summit on 
ANTI-CORRUPTION – 
March 24-25, 2015 – Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow

7th Russia & CIS Summit on ANTI-CORRUPTION March 24-25, 2015   Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow, Moscow  WEBSITE            BROCHURE            SPEAKERS            WORKSHOPS           REGISTER This highly-rated 7th Russia and CIS Summit on Anti-Corruption offers unparalleled benchmarking and networking opportunities, progressive insights from a faculty of… Continue Reading