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26 May 2009

MENA Equity Fund Launch

Hedge fund manager, Majid Al Futtaim Asset Management, is launching its first Middle East and North Africa (MENA) equity fund, the Luxembourg domiciled 'Elite MENA Equity Fund'.

Investors can invest alongside the family office of Majid Al Futtaim and gain access to the services of the portfolio management team responsible for the MENA equity investments. The Majid Al Futtaim family office has seeded the fund with Dh550 million ($150 million), making it one of the largest MENA equity funds available to investors.

"Investors deserve to have the best home for their money in both turbulent and stable investment environments." Iyad Malas, Chief Executive, Majid Al Futtaim Asset Management, said, "By opening the doors to the services of the portfolio management team responsible for Majid Al Futtaim's family office, we offer investors a tried and tested place to invest. The Elite MENA Equity Fund offers investors an opportunity to invest with a team whose performance speaks for itself."

The new ‘long-only' open-ended fund aims to achieve long-term asset growth and capital preservation through a ‘Risk-Managed Growth' approach to MENA investments.

The Change Imperative for Hedge Fund Reporting: Webinar

Principal at Rothstein Kass, Charles F. Plaveczky will be speaking at a webinar for hedge fund managers interested in meeting the growing demands for increased reporting transparency and control, according to fund manager and host Confluence.

“As the April 30 hedge fund financial reporting cycle clearly demonstrated, prevailing error-prone manual processes for hedge fund reporting are far too brittle and inflexible—and they lack the scalability to meet increasingly complex reporting requirements,” said Plaveczky. “The pressure for greater flexibility and control will only increase with the adoption of additional reporting rules, and challenge current processes even more.”

The webinar entitled “The Change Imperative for Hedge Fund Reporting” and will take place on Friday, May 29 at 11:00 am EDT.

Kirk Botula, Chief Operating Officer of Confluence, will also provide information on new hedge fund reporting trends and challenges, discussing processes to maximize accuracy, efficiency and control in the reporting process as hedge funds deal with a variety of reporting requirements—such as FAS 157 fair market reporting, FAS 161 disclosures about derivative instruments and hedging activities, and how new International Financial Accounting Standards from IASB will challenge prevailing back-office reporting processes.

“Multiple stakeholders are demanding greater reporting diligence from hedge funds and their administrators. Regulators are clearly focused on greater transparency, investors are demanding additional disclosures and more frequent reporting, and accounting and auditor firms are mandating improved process control and documentation,” said Botula. “Hedge funds must consider how technology and automation can improve their reporting processes in order to provide the speed, control and flexibility needed to weather a new era of reporting transparency and control.”

Hedge fund companies and their fund administration service providers can register for this complimentary webinar at Individuals who register will also receive Confluence’s new whitepaper, Hedge Fund Reporting: The Change Imperative.