DUBLIN, 22nd December, 2016 - ML Capital is pleased to formally announce the launch of the AlphaQuest UCITS Fund, a systematic trading program diversified by asset class hosted on the MontLake UCITS Platform. MontLake is a leading independent platform for UCITS funds that provides investors with access to a range of liquid, transparent and regulated investment products domiciled in Dublin.

AlphaQuest UCITS Fund is advised by Quest Partners LLC, a research driven alternative investment firm. 

Quest is dedicated to providing investors with strong absolute returns and hedging characteristics, particularly during periods of volatility expansion and fixed income and/or equity market corrections. Quest’s trading programs have a differentiated approach to classic trend following due to faster reactions to trend reversals. They also capture price movements accentuated by skew or asymmetric risk present in markets. This allows Quest’s programs to benefit when tail risk is most likely to materialize. Quest’s programs are a portfolio diversifier and can act as a hedge to traditional portfolios, hedge fund portfolios and portfolios of CTAs, particularly during periods of crisis.

Speaking today, Nigol Koulajian Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Quest said: "We are excited to launch the AlphaQuest UCITS Fund along with ML Capital and Bastions Partners. The product builds on our long and successful history of offering attractive vehicles to investors and also taps into a differentiated client base."

For the AlphaQuest UCITS Fund, Quest employs its systematic trading process across multiple asset classes in over 60 liquid global futures markets including commodities, currencies, equity indices and fixed income. To comply with UCITS regulations, AlphaQuest UCITS Fund’s exposure to commodities is through Structured Financial Instruments.

Louis de Pfyffer of Bastions Partners stated: “We are delighted about the opportunity to work with Quest, an outstanding manager in the systematic complex, and ML Capital as a platform in what is our first CTA launch in a UCITS format. In our role of global distributor of AlphaQuest UCITS Fund we look forward to introducing the fund to our network. “

Cyril Delamare, CEO of ML Capital commented: “We are thrilled that Quest Partners LLC have selected the MontLake Platform to launch their UCITS Fund. CTA strategies are in high demand and we see the AlphaQuest UCITS Fund as one which will be able to successfully capitalize on investors demand. The fund is a great addition to the UCITS universe and we are confident of its future growth."

About Quest                                                                                                                                                                                Quest Partners LLC is a research driven alternative investment firm headquartered in New York. The firm was founded by Nigol Koulajian in 2001. Quest employs a quantitative trading process across multiple asset classes in over 60 liquid global markets including commodities, currencies, equity indices and fixed income. Distinct programs are designed to generate alpha, replicate CTA performance and/or hedge specific market risks. Clients include family offices, foundations, fund-of-funds and some of the world's largest pension plans.

About ML Capital                                                                                                                                                                              ML Capital is a forward looking and leading independent fund structuring and investment management firm specialising in European regulated fund structures. As an award winning platform provider, we partner with the very best of investment managers to bring to market the latest most appropriate fund structures to comply with the raft of incoming regulatory requirements, whilst meeting the ever increasing expectations of investors.

ML Capital handles all aspects of the fund structuring and launch on investment managers' behalf. Through our dedicated network we also offer fund sales and distribution if required and have had comprehensive coverage of investors in all key European markets for the past 20 years.

Our goal is to provide the most appropriate fund structures to maximise distribution opportunities across all key markets. Our solutions bring together market leading service providers with some of the very best minds in the regulated fund space; providing well managed European investment products with the highest levels of service and governance. We ensure that all incoming investors and partners come in with the full knowledge that they are investing into structures that are designed to protect and preserve investor interest.

MLC Management Ltd acts as third party management company for UCITS and AIFMD funds. Offering better compliance, oversight and management facilities than self-managed structures, the management company is the future of fund structuring; as the industry responds to the desire of investors and regulators for greater substance, we believe management companies will become the structure of choice for new funds, as others move away from self-managed fund structures. MLC was incorporated in February 2015 and currently oversees $3.1 billion of assets. 

About Bastions Partners                                                                                                                                                     Bastions Partners Office SA is and asset allocator with a specialty in structuring, seeding and distributing UCITS products.The firm was established in Geneva in 2013 by its three founding partners Antonio Bravo, Louis de Pfyffer and Eric Heuzé.