German boutiques team up for alt beta fund launch

German alternative boutiques Aquila Capital and Alpha Centauri have partnered to launch an alternative beta strategy.

The fund is a liquid alternative to traditional bond investments for institutional investors and provides market neutral access to alternative risk premia across several asset classes such as equities, fixed income, interest rates and forex.

The strategy will be available through a Ucits fund and other formats on Aquila Capital’s associated manager group platform.

Manfred Schraepler, head of Financial Assets & Liquid Private Markets at Aquila Capital, said: “Alpha Centauri is an established alternative investment specialist with a long and proven track record of providing institutional investors with access to factor-based investment opportunities.

“This new strategy is an attractive proposition for institutional investors seeking alternative investment solutions in order to meet their investment objectives.”

Ulf Füllgraf, managing director at Alpha Centauri, commented: “We are delighted to partner up with Aquila Capital, who have a long track record in alternative investment solutions, as demonstrated by their numerous industry awards.

“Together with Aquila Capital, we will make liquid alternative risk-premia solutions more accessible to institutional investors and build on the success we achieved with the iStoxx Europe factor indices that we launched in collaboration with Stoxx in April 2016.”

Launched in 2001, Aquila Capital had €7.1bn in AUM as at December 2015 while Alpha Centauri has been established in 2005 and manages over €3bn in assets.

Adrien Paredes-Vanheule
Adrien Paredes-Vanheule is French-Speaking Europe Correspondent for InvestmentEurope, covering France, Belgium, Geneva and Monaco. Prior to joining InvestmentEurope, he spent almost five years writing for various publications in Monaco, primarily as a criminal and financial court reporter. Before that, he worked for newspapers and radio stations in France, in particular in Lyon.

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