Swiss Capital steams ahead of the pack with top-tier bespoke institutional business

Wed Apr 4, 2012

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Zurich-based firm grows by 51% in 2011 as customised business flourishes

By Claire Makin

Marcel Schindler
Meinrad Wyser
Hans-Jörg Baumann
Last year, Swiss Capital Alternative Investments saw its assets soar 51.3% to $1.8 billion, amounting to an extra $610 million under management for the Zurich-based firm. This makes it the fastest-growing firm in the InvestHedge Billion Dollar Club, the universe of 107 funds of funds and multi-manager providers worldwide that run more than $1 billion in assets.

Such a feat is often down to a merger or a single new major mandate, but the main reason in Swiss Capital's case was new demand for customised solutions by institutional clients, according to chief executive officer Hans-Jörg Baumann, who co-founded the firm in 1998. Only five to 10% of assets under management at Swiss Capital are currently not in tailor-made alternative investments multi-manager portfolios.

What is a relatively unknown Swiss manager doing so right in an arena that is fiercely fought...


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