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15 Jul 2009

Swiss Hedge Fund Buy-Back Program Equalises Share Price With NAV

In order to achieve capital reduction, Swiss alternative investment company ALTIN AG has launched a share buyback program as part of a broader range of measures to reduce share price discount.

The hedge fund company has already succeeded in bringing the difference between the NAV and the share price from 33% at the end of 2008 to 21.7%. This, among other things, should enable ALTIN’s stock market price to come closer to the NAV.

The Annual General Meeting of shareholders approved a share buyback programme of up to 10% of the share capital. A second trading line for the registered shares of ALTIN will be opened on the SIX Swiss Exchange on 22 July 2009. ALTIN intends to buy back up to 5% of its shares until the end of March 2010.

The offer may be accepted only by Non-US persons, outside the United States.

People Moves: Hedge Fund Hires 2 Asia Veterans

Hedge fund manager OakRun Capital announced the appointment of Mark Potter and Brian Long, both experienced Asia investment executives. The expansion is to build strategic relationships with local institutional investors and provide access to its hedge funds and investment products, including the new OakRun Short Term Income Fund.

Potter, an experienced investment executive based in Singapore, joins the firm as Director of Asia Institutional Marketing and Distribution. Long, a senior level investment professional based in Singapore, has been named Director of Asia Institutional Relations.

The OakRun Short Term Income Fund charges a 1% management fee and a 10% incentive fee with a $1MM minimum investment requirement, it returned 0.73% (9.26% Annual Yield) for June 2009 and paid out its third quarterly dividend.

“Asia is a natural market for OakRun Capital," Potter explained, "Together, the team has extensive experience in the region, speaks several local languages and has built very strong personal and institutional relationships."

"The flagship Short-Term Income Fund has received incredible initial feedback from institutions. There are very few products or funds, if any, like the OakRun Short Term Income fund that can provide investors with high credit quality, superior performance, and stable income distributions. The fund is invested in highly liquid instruments with substantially higher yields than comparable investments with duration of less than 45 days," Portfolio Manager, Arturo Neto, CFA, said.