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Postcard from Asia

I recently traveled to Asia to meet with investors and other finance professionals. The 16-hour flight from New York to Hong Kong reminded me that while it may be a small world, it still takes a long time to travel across it. It also gave me time on the return trip to reflect on the …

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Rethinking Investment Philosophy in an Uncertain Climate

The beginning of the new year was not the fresh start that most would have hoped for following the tumultuous fourth quarter of 2015. In fact, the first two weeks of January were the worst start to US equity markets ever, even considering the Great Depression and the Great Recession. With many positive factors influencing …

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Witherspoon Partners Expands Team in U.S. and Asia

PRINCETON, NJ—Witherspoon Partners is pleased to announce that it has expanded its team to include two new senior executives, Jim Butler and Sebastian Man. In addition, Phoebe Outerbridge was promoted to Managing Director of the firm. Jim Butler joins Witherspoon as Senior Managing Director. Jim has a 35-year track record in institutional fixed income sales, …

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2016: The Year to Think Small

For 2016 there is a simple message: Less is more. The most promising bets for the new year are those that require a little zooming in—deals whose smaller size may preclude larger institutional investors from taking the time and resources to investigate, but whose IRRs command as much attention as or more than the bigger …

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Witherspoon Partners to Present at National Industry Events

Witherspoon Partners has been invited to present a workshop for emerging managers at the Opal Emerging Manager Summit South in Austin, Texas on November 6th (www.opalgroup.net). The conference is one of two annual events hosted by Opal that caters to emerging hedge fund managers and allocators. At the workshop, the firm will discuss fund branding …

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Operating Partners: The Value of Boots on the Ground

The lower middle market in private equity is brimming with opportunity, with an abundant supply of small- to medium-size private businesses available for potential acquisition (see our July-August 2015 issue of The Family Office Alpha Report, which discussed direct private equity investing opportunities). It is not difficult for investors to find reasonably valued companies that …

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Incubating the Most Viable Nest Eggs: Direct Private Equity Investing

The trend started several years ago. Spurred on by the astounding private valuations of companies like Facebook, Groupon, and Twitter, the idea of incubating startups took hold, and soon enough hundreds of “incubators” or “business accelerators” sprang up around the country. Today they are usually found near major universities or in big cities, or in …

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The Continuing Evolution of Hedge Funds

In their earliest days, they were an investment for well-connected high-net-worth individuals, particularly Europeans and others with access to offshore accounts. Today, hedge funds have evolved into primarily an institutional investment, with most high-net-worth investors funneled through one type of platform or another, or through a family office that follows an institutional framework. A markedly …

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Eigenvector Success Drives Expansion

Reprinted from Hedge Fund Alert (HFAlert.com), April 15, 2015 Value Investor Employs Quant Tools A long/short equity manager who takes a systematic approach to picking value stocks is getting ready to launch a commingled fund. Nathan Rex, who holds a Ph.D in physics, has been employing the strategy since 2011 — first at a family …

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Witherspoon’s Danko Featured in The Art of the CEO

Prometheus Publishing proudly announces the newest book in the BartsBooks Ultimate Business Guide’s series, “The Art of the CEO” by author and publisher, Bart Jackson. Top Chief Executive Officers from across the globe, such as Eric Schmidt of Google, reveal proven techniques for overcoming their ultimate leadership challenges. Top CEO’s featured in “The Art of …

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