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14 Sep 2009

Trinity Fund Administration expands into Cayman

Hedge fund manager, Trinity Fund Administration has expanded by opening an office in the Cayman Islands after receiving a full Fund Administrators license from the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority.

Brad Cowdroy has been appointed Head of the new Cayman office and will have overall responsibility for local service offerings and the principal management of all North American account business. Brad joins from Goldman Sachs, where he was a Vice President in Fund Administration Services. Prior to this, Brad held positions at CIBC and PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Cayman Islands, where both roles focused in the funds area. Brad qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Sydney, Australia whilst working at BDO and has a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) degree from the University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury.

John McCann, Managing Director of Trinity commented, “We are absolutely delighted to have someone of Brad’s calibre and experience heading up our new Cayman office and joining the Trinity group. Brad brings a wealth of experience in alternative fund servicing, as well as a broad knowledge of administrative and regulatory issues affecting our clients. We have no doubt he will make a significant contribution to the organisation’s growth moving forward”.

Trinity provides the full range of hedge fund administration services to investment groups based around the globe, which operate fund structures domiciled in a range of jurisdictions, including Ireland, Cyprus, Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Bermuda, BVI, Malta and the Channel Islands. A significant portion of its business comes from Cayman registered funds.

The firm’s expansion into Cayman comes in response to strong client demand, particularly from emerging managers, and will provide a local point for firms to access Trinity’s broad suite of services. Equally this befits a natural expansion of the business which will give Trinity better access to managers in North America.

John McCann added, “This is a major step forward in terms of Trinity’s expansion plans. We have always offered a complete suite of services to Cayman-domiciled funds and this brings us that much closer to this important component of our business”.

Trinity was also recently nominated for two awards from International Custody and Fund Administration and was voted number one in its class, within the recent prestigious annual Global Custodial Survey.

Man Investments & Dexion Launch Man AHL Diversity

Alternative asset manager, Man Investments, and UK hedge fund advisory and marketing firm, Dexion Capital Group, announced the launch of a new UCITS III trend following product, Man AHL Diversity.

“Historically, the performance of trend following managers has tended to be uncorrelated to traditional stock and bond markets." Tim Wong, Chief Executive Officer of AHL, said, "We saw that with AHL’s highly impressive performance last year when its best performing fund delivered 33% at the same time as some equity markets fell 40%.”

Investors will be able to access the sterling denominated product with a minimum initial investment of £100 from the product’s launch in October 2009.

Founded in 1987, AHL manages $20.4 billion (as at 31 March 2009) and has delivered a strong track record of performance. Based on past data and adjusted for structure, fees and costs, Man AHL Diversity would have delivered annualised returns of over 14% during the past 14 years. AHL managed funds have produced a positive return in every calendar year since inception.

AHL’s track record has been greatly reinforced through Man’s funding of the Oxford-Man Institute (OMI) and the creation of AHL Oxford, the compny says.

The Oxford University academics of the OMI and AHL’s researchers in AHL Oxford share purpose designed premises, where AHL’s researchers have already developed several valuable commercial applications. Now in its second year, this arrangement has created a stimulating environment that fosters day-to-day interactions between AHL and the university's academics and students, and has provided AHL with exposure to leading academic thinking from a worldwide network of experts and wide spectrum of disciplines.

Trend followers – often known as managed futures managers – seek to exploit persistent trends and other market inefficiencies in a systematic way using highly liquid futures markets. Their funds are designed to perform whether prices trend up or down with the result that returns tend to be uncorrelated with traditional stock or bond markets.