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27 Feb 2008

Hedge Fund Opens Office In New York, New Launch

Canadian Hedge fund Lionhart Ltd. this month announced the launch of a new fund and the opening of an office in midtown Manhattan, New York. Present in the US since 2000, the addition of the New York office positions the hedge fund to develop the U.S. markets.

The launch of Talon, a private equity hybrid fund, is scheduled for March 2008. With a minimum investment of $1 million, the new hedge fund will be set up with $50 million from Lionhart and $50 million from existing and new investors from the US, Middle East and Europe.

Lionhart said, "Talon will be investing into early stage private financings and placements across a number of sectors including minerals, mining and natural resources, energy, alternative energies, mezzanine and bridge financing, IT and medical technology, property development and sub-sectors of these main areas. Investors will have the opportunity to invest in a blend of all the sectors or in an individual sector."

CEO Terrence Duffy, commenting on the move, said, "Information flow for traders and convenience for investors will improve with this move to Manhattan. This makes a lot of sense given the direction Lionhart is moving and the understandable interest in our fund offerings."

Lionhart is a multi-strategy arbitrage hedge fund with $800 million under management. Lionhart's New York office will open with 11 staff including trading, research, investor relations, and administrative functions. The Toronto-based hedge fund has offices in the world's top financial centers now including New York, Toronto, London and Singapore.

Study On Synthetic Hedge Fund Indices

Synthetic hedge fund indices (SHFIs), also known as 'hedge fund clones' were introduced in 2007, following years of academic research. SHFIs are dynamically managed portfolios of liquid assets (also called replicating factors, which usually exist in futures and exchange-traded funds) that aim at minimising the tracking error with a target non-investable hedge fund index.

Based on research by Innocap Investment Management's, there are four criteria which should be met by SHFIs; they should be representative of the investment universe, transparent, have consistent weighting, timely reporting, stable performance over time, and they should be investable.

SHFIs are to hedge funds what exhange traded funds (ETFs) are to mutual funds, a liquid, low-cost and transparent way to expose a portfolio to the asset class. SHFIs that target a good hedge fund index and use a sophisticated tracking model applied to a wide range of liquid and transparent financial instruments should exhibit an interesting risk-return profile, particularly for the liquidity risk conscious investors.

SHFIs currently constitute a small portion of all hedge fund assets under management because they have been introduced quite recently. Nevertheless, they now constitute a key element in the alternative assets offering of the biggest financial institutions.

Innocap Investment Management is a subsidiary of the National Bank of Canada [TSX: NA-T], it was created to supervise all of the bank's alternative investments activities in capital markets.