Not everything that can be counted counts,
and not everything that counts can be counted.

Albert Einstein


Understanding your needs

Allocators and investors are in the Asset Management marketplace to seek performance generators. Moreover, whether these are beta or alpha-oriented, we have seen through historical data and empirical shreds of evidence that independent upcoming managers will outperform their sector incumbents most of the time. Unfortunately, the buy-side is dramatically skewed toward the big and established players: fund houses and deal sponsors priding themselves of interest alignments with their investors, when on the contrary they are forced by their bulky structures to promote sub-efficient solutions for their clients. However, this is not for us, and that is why at Kuros Associates we aim to dig into the niches of the market in order to select quality and class acts. Namely, independent managers that are capable of delivering a superior customer experience and/or a fairer performance generation to their investors, both in terms of pricing and average returns - what internally we learned to call NICHE ALPHA.

Investment solutions

Kuros Associates has expertise in a wide range of investment solutions and asset classes suitable for professional and institutional investors seeking asset allocation and portfolio diversification. In the fund's field, we decided to focus on both traditional and alternative capital managers with funds AUMs in the range of US$ 100 to 500 Million. Also, within the alternative investments space, we have established a network of sophisticated single-deal sponsors, and originators, utilising a club deal framework. Here we decide to focus predominantly on Private Equity, late-stage Venture Capital and Real Estate, with deal sizes in the range of US$ 5 to 50 Million.

How we differentiate

Our backgrounds and focus on the private investment offices space allow us to develop and foster relationships that are uncanny in our industry. Our investor's nature demands us to work with them by being trusted advisors rather than just third-party agents, and this for the more significant benefit of all the parties involved in doing business with us.

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Fund selection process

In depth operative due diligence and manager analysis.

1. Initial sourcing and pre screening:

Traditional portals and a unique network of independent CIOs and professional allocators supported by experienced investment teams will provide Kuros Associates with a high- quality pipeline of names.

2. Additional screening:

Shortlisting managers based on track record, fund structure, legal documents and suitability with our investors.

3. Conference call with the manager:

Using our proprietary DDQ template and psychological questionnaires.

4. On-site visit, meeting in person with the manager:

Travelling globally to their offices in order to do in-depth onsite operational due diligence and personal acquaintance.

5. Final due diligence review with our investors:

Presenting our results to our investors and work out the best entry point in time.

6. Investment and monitoring:

Spreading the allocation on several months instead of all-in from day one. After the allocation has been made, conducting periodic follow ups to monitor the manager.