Lazard Asset Management (LAM) today announced the launch of the Lazard US Fundamental Alternative Fund.
The Fund, which is UCITS compliant, is a liquid and diversified portfolio primarily focused on US securities, with the flexibility to invest across the whole market cap spectrum. Utilising bottom-up stock selection, the Fund seeks to take long positions in equities of companies believed to have strong and/ or improving financial productivity and attractive valuations, and short positions in companies with deteriorating fundamentals, unattractive valuations, or other qualities warranting a short position.
The Fund will be managed in New York by portfolio managers Dmitri Batsev and Jerry Liu, who leverage a dedicated and highly experienced US equity investment team. The team, which is made up of 23 investment professionals, has an average of 18 years of investment experience and 12 years at LAM.
“In our view it is financial productivity that ultimately drives the valuation of companies.” said Dmitri Batsev, portfolio manager of the Lazard US Fundamental Alternative Fund. “We believe that forward-looking fundamental analysis is key to valuing these opportunities, both when stocks rise and when stocks fall.”
Jerry Liu said: “Expanding the US opportunity set to both longs and shorts allows us to create a differentiated portfolio of investments, seeking to provide investors with strong down-market protection, up-market participation, and lower volatility than the overall market.” The Fund is based on the existing Lazard Fundamental Long/Short strategy, which has delivered a +11.2% annualized net return compared to the HFRI Equity Hedge (Total) Index at +5.9% over the last three years. The strategy has generated these returns while realizing two-thirds of the volatility of the S&P 500 Index with a 53% correlation and only 8% of the downside.
LAM offers a range of equity, fixed-income, and alternative investment products worldwide. As of 30 September 2015, LAM and affiliated asset management companies in the Lazard Group managed $183 billion of client assets.
Lazard (lazard.com), one of the world's preeminent financial advisory and asset management firms, operates from 43 cities across 27 countries in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Central and South America. With origins dating to 1848, the firm provides advice on mergers and acquisitions, strategic matters, restructuring and capital structure, capital raising and corporate finance, as well as asset management services to corporations, partnerships, institutions, governments and individuals.
This is a financial promotion and is not intended to be investment advice. In the UK this document, which is supplied for information only, is for distribution only to professional investors and advisers authorised to carry out business under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.
The Lazard US Fundamental Alternative Fund is a sub-fund of Lazard Global Investment Funds plc, an open-ended investment company with variable capital structured as an umbrella fund with segregated liability between its sub-funds incorporated with limited liability and is authorised and regulated as a UCITS by the Central Bank of Ireland. Lazard Global Investment Funds PLC is recognised by the Financial Conduct Authority under section 264 of the Financial Services & Markets Act 2000 (“FSMA”) and therefore regulates the marketing of the Fund within the UK. The Central Bank of Ireland regulates all other aspects of the Fund's operations. Subscriptions may only be based on the current prospectus. There will be no right to cancel any agreement under the FCA cancellation rules. Compensation under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme will not be available. Copies of the full Prospectus, the relevant Key Investor Information Document (KIID) and the most recent Report and Accounts are available in English, and other languages where appropriate, on request from the address below or at lazardassetmanagement.co.uk. Investors and potential investors should read and note the risk warnings in the prospectus and relevant KIID.
Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. Fluctuations in the rate of exchange between the currency in which shares are denominated and the currency of investment may have the effect of causing the value of your investment to diminish or increase.
In addition to the management fee, the Lazard US Fundamental Alternative Fund is subject to a Manager’s performance fee of 10% or 20% of net gain, payable monthly, dependent on the share class. Further details are available on request and are detailed within the Fund’s documentation.
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