Alpha provides long-term capital solutions to address:
|Example A - Founder Retirement|
|Founder A equity converted to RSI|
|RSI is purchased by Alpha|
|Remaining equity holders accrete in proportion|
|Proceeds paid to retiring Founder|
|Founder A Proceeds||$72|
|Example B - Buy-back and Liquidity|
|Company issues RSI for liquidity purposes|
|Seeder Buy-Back Amount||$50|
|RSI is purchased by Alpha|
|Employees accrete relatively more equity|
|Founder proceeds invested in the fund|
|Founder Fund Investment||$22|
|Example C - $500M Fund Launch|
|Company issues RSI for capital purposes|
|New Fund Commitment||$72|
|Total Fundraise Target||$500|
|RSI is purchased by Alpha|
|No impact on equity holdings|
|Proceeds invested in the new fund|
The examples above are for illustration purposes only and do not necessarily represent exact capital investments made by Alpha Strategic.
The illustrative examples above use the following assumptions:
|AuM (BN)||Revenues (MN)||EBITDA (MN)|
Alpha has an attractive financing approach:
Alpha offers an engaged & confidential relationship:
Successful, privately owned asset managers often require capital to facilitate strategic initiatives at key stages of their development but do not want the constraints of a debt commitment or the day-to-day oversight that a majority shareholder might require.
Alpha Strategic provides passive minority capital to high quality asset management firms in either revenue share or structured equity form, enabling them to recapitalise their business whilst preserving their independence, culture and management autonomy.
Asset management firms use Alpha’s long-term capital to: recycle equity for the next generation; fund a liquidity event for a retiring partner or seed investor; or raise expansion capital to fund a new product launch, team lift out or acquisition. Alpha's target investment size is $50 - $100 million.
We are a privately owned investment platform with long-term committed capital from a single source. Alpha has a focused investment strategy and offers partner firms an engaged and confidential relationship.
Winton Capital Management
IKOS Asset Management
New management team
buy-out by Northill Capital
Premium Point Investments
Alpha Strategic was established in 2005 as an AIM-listed UK company to be a buy and hold investor in a portfolio of minority stakes in the operating revenues of a diversified group of privately owned asset managers.
In 2006 Alpha acquired a minority investment in funds managed by Winton Capital Management Limited.
In 2009 Alpha acquired a minority investment in funds managed by IKOS Asset Management Limited. Alpha exited this investment at the end of 2012.
In 2011 Alpha strengthened its capital base via a share placing with Northill Capital, an independent asset management business founded in 2010 with substantial financial backing from interests associated with the Bertarelli Family. Northill’s shareholding in Alpha was increased in 2013 as part of a buy-out of the minority shareholders and subsequent delisting of Alpha from AIM.
At the end of 2012 Alpha appointed a new management team, under the leadership of Alistair McKay, with extensive networks in the asset management industry, considerable experience in sourcing and structuring minority investments and the expertise to be an engaged and supportive business partner.
In 2014 Alpha announced a strategic partnership and minority investment in Premium Point Investments LP, a US-based institutional asset manager focused on residential mortgage markets.
Alistair McKay Chief Executive
Alistair McKay has over 24 years’ experience in the financial services industry. Prior to being appointed CEO of Alpha Strategic, he was a Managing Director in the Investment Banking departments of Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse where he ran the Investment Management Advisory Groups and led many high profile M&A, IPO and PCV assignments both for clients in Europe and the US. In 2009 he joined the senior management team of Asset Management Finance, a Credit Suisse subsidiary and one of the leading buyers of minority stakes in fund management businesses. Alistair joined Alpha at the end of 2012 with the aim of building out Alpha’s unique proposition into a leading minority investor and a long-term business partner to medium-sized fund management businesses globally. Alistair started his investment banking career in the Financial Institutions Group of Kleinwort Benson plc. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science degree.
Antoine Dupont-Madinier Executive Director
Antoine Dupont-Madinier has over 14 years’ experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Alpha Strategic, he has held senior positions in the Financial Institutions Group at both Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley with a particular focus on the traditional and alternative asset management and asset servicing sectors. During his investment banking career, Antoine has been involved in many significant M&A, IPO and capital raising transactions in the financial services industry and in particular in the fund management sector where he advised extensively on large divestitures and consolidation transactions in the long-only industry, minority stake sales, IPOs and listed fund offerings in the hedge fund and private equity industry. Before joining Alpha, Antoine worked in a corporate & business development role at Renshaw Bay, a UK asset management firm. Antoine started his career at Fox-Pitt, Kelton where he advised banks and insurance companies on corporate finance matters. He holds a MSc in Management from EM Lyon (France).
Oliver Heaton Vice President
Oliver Heaton has over 10 years' experience in the fund management industry. He has worked on and led the buy and sell-side for numerous acquisition and business development strategies involving traditional and alternative fund managers. As part of the investment team, Oliver’s responsibilities at Alpha Strategic include investment origination, due diligence and deal structuring, whilst leveraging Alpha's existing partnership opportunities. Prior to joining Alpha, Oliver was a Director of Dumas Capital. From 2004, Oliver supported Dumas in its capacity as a regulated independent consulting and advisory company, acting as a portfolio manager to the Retro Classics Fund and undertaking private capital raisings for established fund managers including GLC and Alternative Asset Managers. Oliver holds a BA from Trinity College Dublin and the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation.
Reporting & Operations
Nicola Howe Reporting & Operations
Nicola Howe has 30 years’ experience within the financial services sector. She started her career in cash settlements, progressing to trading spot foreign exchange before moving on to being responsible for developing, managing and co-ordinating the funding of cash requirements within the global Treasury divisions of both retail and investment banks. Nicola joined Alpha Strategic in 2009 and manages the operation and administrative requisites of the Company.
Alpha typically acquires an interest equivalent to between 10% and 25% of a firm’s enterprise value and believes that economic alignment and management freedom is best achieved through a revenue share structure. Alpha recognises that partner firms may over the long run grow to be very successful businesses and is prepared to structure additional incentive arrangements to compensate for above-plan economic outcomes.
Alpha seeks to partner with firms where the majority of the equity ownership is held by the management team. We have a bias for alternative asset managers with a focus on a single asset class or investment style. Although we also consider long-only businesses we do not invest in distribution-led firms, in wealth management businesses, in fund-of-fund businesses or in passive management firms.
Alpha believes that asset management firms of a certain size are more relevant to institutional clients and are more likely to grow steadily and attract a diversified investor base. We also believe that asset management firms at the appropriate size level can accommodate a minority capital partner and have the financial strength to withstand a market downturn. Whilst there is no upper limit to the size of a potential partner firm, we prefer investing in firms with assets under management of between $1BN and $10BN.
Alpha invests in asset management firms with extensive investment experience, with a repeatable and recognised investment process, with a long-term track record and a strong risk management framework.
Alpha recognises the importance of culture in successful asset management firms. We seek to partner with firms with a collegial and collaborative style, where tenure of employment and client relationships are valued highly and where risk management and regulatory compliance are recognised as critically important operational success factors.
Alpha is building a portfolio of a small number of minority interests in established asset management firms diversified by investment strategy and geography. We believe that a disciplined and focused approach results in more meaningful and successful relationships.
Alpha offers the following benefits:
The senior executives of Alpha and Northill have collectively over 150 years of industry experience across senior executive roles in investment banking advisory, global consulting functions, product development and global sales and distribution management.
Alpha is affiliated with Northill Distribution US Inc. (‘NDUS’), a US broker-dealer. NDUS is a dedicated distribution business established to support the Northill group of companies and Alpha’s portfolio firms. NDUS is based in New York and is a FINRA registered securities broker-dealer and a member of SIPC.
Alpha’s management team can provide portfolio firms with guidance on the design, timing and feasibility of new product launch initiatives. Northill has established fund platforms in Ireland and the Cayman Islands which can offer Alpha’s portfolio firms umbrella product solutions in Qualifying Investor Alternative Investment Funds (‘QIAIF’) and Segregated Portfolio Companies (‘SPC’) respectively.
Alpha has the insight and experience to provide perspectives on competitor positioning, client and asset flows, product fee developments, best practise guidance on operational infrastructure and compensation policies.
Premium Point Investments LP (‘Premium Point’) is an institutional asset manager that engages in relative value trading and fundamental credit investing in the residential mortgage markets. Premium Point manages a hedge fund, operates a mortgage conduit business and owns a majority interest in a residential property manager. Premium Point's residential platform is vertically integrated across real estate acquisition, property management, loan underwriting, bond securitization and securities trading. Anilesh Ahuja founded Premium Point in 2008.
Northill Capital is an independent, privately held asset management business founded at the end of 2010 with substantial financial backing from interests associated with the Bertarelli Family. Northill’s long-term strategy is to build a portfolio of high quality specialist asset management businesses. Combined assets under management in which Northill owns a majority interest total approximately $30 billion*. Northill brings deep industry experience and expertise and the patient, long-term application of substantial private capital to support skilled investment professionals in the development of their business.* As at 31 December 2015
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