Franklin Templeton and K2 Advisors Launch Liquid Hedge Fund Strategies

The Franklin Templeton Alternatives Funds (FTAF) offers five new liquid hedge fund strategies through K2’s managed account platform.

Luxembourg-based FTAF will launch these liquid strategies for European investors in a UCITS format. Furthermore, these new hedge fund solutions will feature daily liquidity and transparency courtesy of the K2 platform.

Meanwhile, K2 Advisors’ expertise with daily liquid managed accounts dates back to 2007. Therefore, they now (June 30, 2019) have over $10 billion in assets under management.

K2 became part of Franklin Templeton Investments through the acquisition of a majority interest in 2012.

New offerings in UCITS format

As noted above, the five liquid offerings from Franklin-K2 are:

  • Bardin Hill Arbitrage UCITS
  • Chilton Equity Long-Short UCITS
  • Electron Global UCITS
  • Ellington Structured Credit UCITS, and
  • Wellington Technology Long Short UCITS.

Robust diversification for investors

Further, Vivek Kudva, MD, EMEA-India at Franklin Templeton, said the new offerings demonstrated their focus on deepening client relationships. “Providing liquid alternative investment products and services in partnership with K2 Advisors’ expertise is a key differentiator for Franklin Templeton.”

“These managers offer differentiated styles of alpha generation and risks,” said Bill Santos, senior managing director at K2 Advisors. “These are beneficial in providing robust diversification to investors.”

Finally, the new range of liquid hedge fund strategies will be a part of K2’s revamped business model for hedge fund solutions.

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