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Boutique launches converts fund for ex-Deutsche AM duo

Boutique launches converts fund for ex-Deutsche AM duo

German boutique Lupus alpha has launched a global convertible bond fund for former Deutsche Asset Management duo Marc-Alexander Kniess and Stefan Schauer.

The Lupus alpha Global Convertible Bond fund marks the first strategy handed to the pair since they joined the Frankfurt-based group at the end of 2016.

The fund, which was formally launch in February, is designed to tap into an asymmetric risk profile, while offering investors diversification and alpha generation amid low to rising rates and volatile equity markets.

It is designed to hold between 250 and 300 convertible bonds, which will be selected on a bottom-up basis. The fund will participate in new issuance and attempt to capitalise on market inefficiencies where possible.

Commenting on the launch, Kniess said: ‘We are particularly benefitting from Lupus alpha’s small- and mid-cap equity team, which creates overarching synergies for analysis and optimisation which we can use in our approach.’

In addition to the launch, Lupus alpha said it would be looking to expand its convertible bonds team over the near-term to include four fixed income specialists.

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