Dexion Absolute Limited has now become one of the world's largest exchange-traded funds of hedge funds (FOHF) with net assets of GBP 512 million ($1,056.5 million).
The London Stock Exchange-listed FOHF completed the multi-currency share issue raising GBP 133 million ($274.4 million). The issue was sponsored by Hoare Govett Limited, a member of the ABN AMRO group.
Dexion director Nick Browne said, "We are very pleased with the response to this issue. We have built on the foundations established earlier this year in a number of jurisdictions across Europe and Asia, received strong support from many existing shareholders and gained a wide range of significant new pension fund and other institutional investors."
Bob Cowdell, managing director at ABN AMRO, is quick to point out the significance of the share issue. "This is the largest capital-raising to date in the London-listed funds of hedge funds sector," he says. "It has more than doubled the size of the Company's Euro and US Dollar share classes introduced earlier this year.'
The fund of hedge funds provides direct access to Harris Alternatives LLC manager of the 'Aurora' range of funds. With a 17-year investment record Harris Alternatives currently manages in excess of $7 billion in funds of hedge funds and segregated accounts.
Dexion's investment objective is to generate consistent long-term capital appreciation with low volatility and little correlation to the general equity and bond markets through a portfolio having a diversified risk profile. The FOHF has a database of approximately 550 FOHF managers.