Duet Group Appoints Eric De Candia as CEO of Duet Alternative Investments

Duet Group has appointed Eric De Candia chief executive of Duet Alternative Investments, its fund of hedge funds platform.

The Duet division has also appointed Karim Khimji as chief investment officer for Europe and Douglas Morse as chief investment officer for the US, with both reporting to Mr De Candia.

Prior to joining Duet Group, Mr De Candia was co-founder, president and principal of AltEdge Capital Management, where he was also a member of the investment committee and head of business development. From 1999 to 2003 he was the chairman and principal of Intosoft.

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Osman Semerci and the Duet Group Hire Vladimir Kitaygorodsky as CEO of Duet USA

Osman Semerci, CEO of the Duet Group, a global financial group specializing in alternative asset management, is delighted to announce Vladimir Kitaygorodsky as CEO of Duet USA and the launch of Duet’s New York office. Mr. Kitaygorodsky will be the responsible for establishing the firm’s asset management capabilities in the United States within the hedge fund and private equity space, as well as promoting its distribution capabilities.

Prior to joining the Duet Group, Mr. Kitaygorodsky was a senior vice president and founding member of the Institutional Equities Group at UBS, where he covered global equity markets and was responsible for developing and managing senior client relationships with major investors in the United States. During his time he built one of the most highly regarded distribution teams.

Prior to this, Mr. Kitaygorodsky was a director at Credit Suisse and head for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) equity sales teams in New York from 1997 to 2003. He began his financial career as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley. Vladimir graduated summa cum laude from Bowdoin College in 1993 with a degree in economics and Russian. He was a Bowdoin scholar all four years.

“I am delighted to have joined the Duet Group and to be involved in such an exciting launch,” said Mr. Kitaygorodsky. Osman Semerci added, “Vladimir brings sixteen years of industry experience to our rapidly growing group and we are pleased to have him as part of our team.”

About The Duet Group:
Duet Group is a client-focused financial group specializing in alternative asset management that is dedicated not only to generating superior investment returns, but also to delivering risk management, transparency and client service required by sophisticated investors. Duet Group was founded by Henry Gabay & Alain Schibl in June 2002 in London and has USD 2 billion of equity under management. Osman Semerci joined as Duet Group CEO and Managing Partner in April 2008.

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African Banks Dodge Crisis

Africa’s banking system was isolated from the worst of the financial crisis, Ayo Salami from Duet Victoire Africa Index Fund told CNBC Thursday. Salami currently favors African brewers, cement companies and telecoms companies.

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Osman Semerci and the Duet Group Announce the Launch of CEE Fund

The Fund Will Use a Combination of Directional, Relative Value and High Frequency Trading Strategies

Osman Semerci, CEO of the Duet Group, a global financial group specializing in alternative asset management, is pleased to announce the launch of the company’s Central Eastern European, Emerging Market, Multi-Strategy Fund, also known as the “Duet CEE Fund”. The Fund will use a combination of directional, relative value and high frequency trading strategies.

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Osman Semerci and Duet Group Announce Acquisition of New Star Assets with Launch of Active Africa Fund

The New Fund Seeks to Deliver Consistent Capital Appreciation Through Active Management in the Value of Fund Assets Osman Semerci, CEO of the Duet Group, a global financial firm specializing in Alternative Asset Management, announced today the firm has launched its Duet Africa Opportunities Fund after raising fresh capital for the strategic acquisition of assets in New Star’s Heart of Africa Fund. This new fund seeks to deliver consistent capital appreciation through active management in the value of fund assets. FULL STORY

Duet Victoire Africa Index Fund

Monday May 4, 2009: Ayo Salami discusses the Duet Victoire Africa Index Fund in the FT.

Osman Semerci, Duet Group CEO, Announces the Launch of the First Multistrategy Hedge Fund in the MENA Region

OSMAN SEMERCI, DUET GROUP CEO, ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF THE FIRST MULTISTRATEGY HEDGE FUND IN THE MENA REGION

The new fund will target both equity and fixed income markets in the MENA region and will be managed by Duet Mena Limited.

Dubai, UAE — 21 May 2009 — Osman Semerci, CEO of Duet Group, a global financial group specializing in Alternative Asset Management, announced today the launch of the first MENA multistrategy hedge fund “Duet MENA Opportunities Fund”. The new fund will target both equity and fixed income markets in the MENA region and will be managed by Duet Mena Limited, a DIFC licensed asset manager.

Rabih Sultani, Chief Investment Officer, will manage the fund under the leadership of Hedi Ben Mlouka, Chief Executive Officer of Duet MENA. Rabih brings over 9 years of fund management and research experience across equities and fixed income. The investment team has one of the longest established track records in the Middle East.

Hedi Ben Mlouka said: ‘The current unfolding crisis has created unprecedented opportunities in global markets. Such opportunities appear to be even more eye-catching in the MENA region, and we, Duet Group, are well positioned to take advantage of these prospects for our clients. I am pleased to announce that Duet’s commitment to the Middle East has led to the allocation of significant capital to the fund from existing shareholders and clients’.

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Semerci’s Duet Snaps up Africa Fund

Duet Group, the boutique fund manager led by Osman Semerci, has bought a defunct Africa Fund run by New Star Asset Management as it bids to expan its buiness in emerging markets.

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Duet Group Builds Structured Products Division

DUET GROUP is set to build-up a structured products division following a management restructuring and the appointment of Osman Semerci as chief executive and partner.

The alternative asset management firm – which was set up by Alain Schibl and Henry Gabay in 2002 – said Semerci would be responsible for the day-to-day management of the group as well as building a structured products division.

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Former Merrill fixed-income chief Semerci joins Duet Asset Management as chief executive

April 2008 - London - based alternative asset management firm Duet Group has appointed Osman Semerci as a partner and chief executive.Semerci will work closely with founding partners Alain Schibl and Henry ….