New York, January 17, 2018 – Thalēs, a derivatives broker and placement firm servicing the alternative investment industry, today announced the official launch of Agora, a digital platform targeting the institutional investor community that enhances and streamlines the traditional capital introduction model.
Agora provides institutional investors analytical tools to discover, analyze, compare, monitor, and connect with hedge fund managers interactively. Hedge funds invited to join Agora can efficiently share information about their firms and strategies as well as market commentaries directly with institutional investors. Agora, which launched in private beta in late 2017, is by invitation-only to verified institutional investors and hedge funds who receive complementary access to the platform.
Edouard Robbes, President of Thalēs Capital Partners said: “The traditional capital introduction model offered by prime brokers has barely evolved since hedge funds became mainstream even as digital interactions have revolutionized other mature industries”. He added: “With the launch of Agora, we are integrating the latest advancements from the fintech space with our deep expertise in capital raising to deliver an efficient online experience while maintaining our high touch approach.”
Marc Cohen, CEO of Thalēs commented: “More than a database, Agora is a dynamic ecosystem which elevates the manager sourcing experience, increases visibility for managers, and vastly improves the outdated and time-consuming traditional capital introduction approach. By allowing investors to connect directly with managers, Agora also goes beyond traditional hedge fund databases which provide limited if any engagement.”
Agora is the result of a close collaboration with Edgefolio, a fintech company specialized in simplifying interactions within the hedge fund industry. “Since our inception, we have consistently invested in and developed technology solutions to create efficiencies for our clients”, said Edouard Robbes. “We are thrilled to have partnered with Edgefolio whose approach and product stand out in their market segment. Leo Gasteen, Founder of Edgefolio, commented: “The partners at Thalēs are among the most connected individuals in our industry. Their passion for technology and vision for the industry have been a positive force and a useful resource in refining our mission.”