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Woodline Partners

Woodline Partners has just started trading.  For 2019 to date, it is the largest hedge fund startup.  Debuting with $2billion in investor commitments, it is headed by Michael Rockefeller and Karl Kroeker, both former traders of Citadel.

Ilana Weinstein, founder and CEO of IDW Group said that this amount is very “significant” for a startup “especially in this environment where startups are struggling to raise a couple of hundred million and can be at it for years until they get to break even, if that.”

Over the last few years it’s been very difficult to raise this kind of money.  Investors have become quite disillusioned with the hedge fund industry’s uber high fees and performance that is not guaranteed.

STS Capital Partners

In 2013, a group of accomplished finance-industry executives joined together to create STS Capital Partners.  An M&A advisor, today the investment banking firm also counsels clients on divestitures and project financing, within a wide range of industries including: construction, manufacturing and distribution, pharmaceuticals, real estate and tourism. But it’s not just business with the firm. … Continue Reading

Recent Company Hires

Financial services firm HSBC and technology payment protocol and exchange network company Ripple Labs Inc. have made some new hires in their offices. Olivier Herregods is joining HSBC from Credit Suisse in the capacity of European head of rates trading.  In his new position he was be the principal of flow rates for Europe, the… Continue Reading

Valaida W. Randolph’s Education Management Corporation

In 1989, Valaida W. Randolph’s established the Education Management Corporation in order to: “provide quality individuals to the workplace who are creative, responsible problem-solvers and have the skills and attitudes on which employers can build.” As such, the organization hires “dedicated, committed, professional staff [to] serve as positive role models and empower each individual placed… Continue Reading

Andrew Winakor: Elderly Individuals and Medical Appointment Transportation

As Chief Executive Officer at National MedTrans Network, Inc., Andrew Winakor’s company has – over the last few years – been working on assisting people encountering logistical difficulties with getting to doctor’s appointments.  The issue is that often people who have medical appointments far from home, simply do not have the means to get there. … Continue Reading

Who Has a Sweeter Price for Nestle?

Nestle is considering selling off some of his brands.  Around six months ago, the world’s largest food and beverage company – possibly most well-known and loved for its candy collection – discussed this as one of its possible strategic options. Said to be valued at between $2 and $2.5 billion, the U.S. entity of the… Continue Reading

Plantagon Building New Indoor Farming Office Building

Business and sustainability are becoming increasingly linked as innovative companies begin to focus on our carbon footprint and potential contribution to the environment. At the same time, the world’s population is growing rapidly, and especially in urban areas, leaving cities in need of creative solutions for feeding all of those people. Plantagon, a Swedish food-tech… Continue Reading

Toys ‘R’ Us Expanding in Asia

Children’s retailer Toys ‘R’ Us is currently looking to expand its Asia business. As income levels in the region increase, the demand for higher-end toys is growing. The U.S. company has teamed up with the billionaire Fung Brothers to further their dealings in the Asia Pacific sector. Bloomberg reports: Continue Reading