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Special situation investors Rudolf Ferscha and Robert Hillmann launch UCITS equity fund

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15.04.2019 / 11:51
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Hamburg- April 15, 2019 - Investing in special situations with an attractive asymmetric risk-return profile. This is the approach taken by newly launched Mainberg Special Situations Fund HI, which is aimed at both institutional investors (WKN A2JQH9) and private investors (WKN A2JQH8). The equity fund is initiated by Mainberg Asset Management GmbH, whose founders have already successfully implemented their investment style based on special situations in Europe in their seven-year collaboration at Gledhow Capital Partners. They are now opening it for a broad public as a UCITS fund. The investment strategy focuses on European equities, which benefit from events and special situations such as M&A transactions in particular. Special emphasis is placed on equities from German-speaking countries. Mainberg Special Situations Fund HI was jointly launched with service asset manager HANSAINVEST Hanseatische Investment-GmbH.

Investors benefit from capital market expertise and experience
Rudolf Ferscha and Robert Hillmann have gained in-depth capital market experience at well-known firms. Ferscha, former Executive Board member of Goldman Sachs Bank in Frankfurt, later CEO of derivatives exchange Eurex, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and Executive Board member of Deutsche Börse AG, is a member of the Board of rating agency Moody's Investors Services Ltd. and of the Supervisory Board of securities trading company Flow Traders B.V., among others. Dr. Robert Hillmann, initially an academic in university capital market research, has more than 15 years of relevant experience in special situations and M&A research.

"Stocks should be part of any portfolio because of their participation in real corporate substance. Our new mutual fund also offers disciplined risk diversification and effective hedging by focusing on companies in carefully researched and evaluated special situations such as takeover bids", said Rudolf Ferscha.

As part of the investment strategy, fund management intends to exploit existing price inefficiencies in structurally less considered situations. This involves systematic screening of official announcements of events such as takeover bids, structural measures and other special situations. "By disciplined investing with strong downward hedges, such as cash takeover bids, we aim to achieve continual value growth while reducing the risk of value fluctuations. We identify opportunities with an asymmetric risk profile and assess their potential through fundamental analysis", stated Robert Hillmann. The portfolio consists largely of directly held equities, with the investment horizon typically extending over the entire expected chain of events. The balanced portfolio is diversified across various special situations, phases of M&A events and sectors.

Experienced partners offer service provider portfolio
Mainberg Asset Management relies on experienced partner companies: NFS Netfonds Financial Service GmbH assumes the liability umbrella function for Mainberg Special Situations Fund HI, the Berenberg Asset Manager Office acts as custodian and Service-KVG HANSAINVEST is not only responsible for the fund launch but also for subsequent administrative activities. "The selected partners are all very successful in their areas of responsibility and are already collaborating successfully on a large number of funds", said Ferscha.

Capital management company HANSAINVEST Hanseatische Investment-GmbH was founded in 1969 and is a member of SIGNAL IDUNA group. As a service-oriented investment management company for real and financial assets, the company provides a wide range of services relating to the administration of liquid and illiquid asset classes. The company has its head office in Hamburg and maintains a branch office in Frankfurt. HANSAINVEST is also represented in Luxembourg by a subsidiary. Currently, some 170 employees in more than 200 mutual funds and over 100 special funds are managing assets worth almost 36 billion euros. In 2018, HANSAINVEST was named "Best Service-Based Investment Management Firm" by "Private Banker" magazine for the fourth time in a row.

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About Mainberg Asset Management
Mainberg Asset Management GmbH is an independent and owner-led company. Its founders Rudolf Ferscha and Robert Hillmann have been working together since 2012, successfully implementing their investment style based on events and special situations such as M&A transactions. Mainberg Asset Management has access to a proven network of specialised analysts and service providers. The founders' complementary professional experience additionally provides for differentiated and multi-layered perspectives on event-driven investment opportunities.

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