CHICAGO, Aug. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Driehaus Capital Management announces the launch of the Driehaus Event Driven Fund (Ticker: DEVDX) as of August 26, 2013. A new liquid alternative offering, the mutual fund seeks low correlations to major asset classes while providing lower volatility than the S&P 500 Index with superior risk-adjusted returns.
The fund will be managed by K.C. Nelson, who leads the Driehaus Long/Short Credit Team. Mr. Nelson and his team currently manage distinct event-driven trading strategies in their long/short credit funds. According to Mr. Nelson, "We have found that event-driven trades often exist because of the complexity of the capital structure, the nontraditional nature of the investment opportunities, or the unwillingness of investors to participate in trades with binary outcomes. We believe this creates opportunities for positive asymmetric returns with low correlations to the equity and credit markets."
Trades within the Driehaus Event Driven Fund will have a defined catalyst that will unlock the value of the trade in the near to intermediate term. "By combining the credit, equity and derivatives resources across our firm, we'll identify opportunities globally to source mispricings in long, short and arbitrage trades based on hard catalysts, such as product launches, earnings releases, restructurings, and corporate actions," said Mr. Nelson.
While the event-driven space has been a significant segment of the alternatives universe for more than two decades, relatively few liquid alternative event-driven funds are available to investors. "We believe investors will appreciate access to a liquid and transparent vehicle for a strategy that offers a differentiated market exposure," said Rob Gordon, President and CEO of Driehaus. "We also expect investors to take comfort knowing that the fund is offered by a firm that has proven itself in the liquid alternative space and is managed by a team with significant experience with event-driven trades."
As of August 21, 2013, Driehaus had $4.6 billion in assets under management in absolute return mutual funds. Please visit www.driehaus.com/DEVDX.php for complete fund details and investment information. For information about investing in Driehaus funds, please contact (888) 636-8835.
About Driehaus Capital Management
Driehaus Capital Management is a privately-held, independent investment adviser with $10.3 billion in assets under management as of July 31, 2013. The firm manages global, emerging markets, and U.S. growth equity, hedged equity, and absolute return investment strategies. Founded in 1982 by Richard H. Driehaus, the firm serves a diverse institutional client base comprised of corporate and public pensions, endowments, foundations, sub-advisory, financial advisors and family offices, globally.
For more information, please visit www.driehaus.com.
Important Risk Information
Investments in overseas markets can pose more risks than U.S. investments, and share prices are expected to be more volatile than that of a U.S.-only fund. The Driehaus Event Driven Fund invests in foreign securities, including small and mid cap stocks, which may be subject to greater volatility than other investments. During certain periods, this Fund has benefited from unusually strong market conditions in the overseas markets. In addition, returns of this Fund will fluctuate with changes in stock market conditions, currency values, interest rates, foreign government regulations, and economic and political conditions in countries in which this Fund invests. These risks are generally greater when investing in emerging markets. These and other risk considerations are discussed in the prospectus for this Fund.
At times, a significant portion of the Fund's return may be attributable to investments in initial public offerings (IPOs) or concentrations in certain strong performing sectors, such as technology. Returns from IPOs or sector concentrations may not be repeated or consistently achieved in the future. In addition, participating in IPOs and other investments during favorable market conditions may enhance the performance of a Fund with a smaller asset base, and this Fund may not experience similar performance results as its assets grow.
Stocks of medium-sized companies tend to be more volatile in price than those of larger companies and may have underperformed the stocks of small and large companies during some periods. In addition, investments in medium-sized companies may be more susceptible to particular economic events or competitive factors than are larger, more broadly diversified companies. Growth stocks may involve special risks and their prices may be more volatile than the overall market.
The Fund, in addition to investing in unrated and investment grade bonds, may also invest in junk bonds, which involve greater credit risk, including the risk of default. The prices of high yield bonds are more sensitive to changing economic conditions and can fall dramatically in response to negative news about the issuer or its industry, or the economy in general. The use of derivatives involves risks different from, and possibly greater than, the risks associated with investing directly in the underlying assets. Derivatives can be highly volatile, illiquid and difficult to value, and there is a risk that changes in the value of a derivative held by the Fund will not correlate with the Fund's other investments. Further, the Fund may invest in derivatives for speculative purposes. Gains or losses from speculative positions in a derivative may be much greater than the derivative's original cost and potential losses may be substantial. The Fund may make short sales. Short sales expose the Fund to the risk of loss. No investment strategy, including an absolute return strategy, can ensure a profit or protect against loss. Additionally, investing in an absolute return strategy may lead to underperforming results during an upward moving market. When interest rates increase, bond prices decrease and bond funds become more volatile.
It is anticipated that the Fund will experience high rates of portfolio turnover, which may result in payment by the Fund of above-average transaction costs. This is a nondiversified fund compared to other funds, the Fund may invest a greater percentage of assets in a particular issuer or a small number of issuers. As a consequence, the Fund may be subject to greater risks and larger losses than diversified funds.
Please consider the investment objectives, risks, fees and expenses of the Fund carefully prior to investing. The prospectus and summary prospectus contains this and other important information about the Fund. To obtain a copy of the prospectus and summary prospectus, please call (877) 779-0079 or visit www.driehaus.com. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing.
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