Offshore Investing

Wed Feb 1, 2006


Appearing on the global radar screen


Foreign investors may have hitherto been slow in spotting the opportunities to be gained by investing in South African hedge funds, but there are growing signs of a new awareness emerging among international institutions. An increasing number of local hedge fund managers acknowledge they are receiving new allocations from overseas players.

According to Robert Oellermann of Tantalum Capital, which launched its operations in mid-2005, Tantalum's first investor was a London-based fund of hedge funds. And, as Dr. Michael Robertson, head of research at Edge Capital, points out: "We're starting to see inflows of money from Swiss banks. It doesn't represent a large percentage of our business, but we are definitely coming on to the radar screens of European private banks. In fact, we even have Asian clients who are investing here for the first time."

Global investors, particularly those who specialise in the emerging markets, are clearly impressed with South...

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