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ecosystem which elevates the manager sourcing experience, increases visibility for managers, and vastly improves the outdated and time-consuming traditional capital introduction approach.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.”
Thalēs is a derivatives brokerage and placement firm servicing institutional market participants. Our team is comprised of experienced practitioners in prime brokerage, operations, technology, and capital raising, who bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our clients. We deliver expert advice and adaptive technology to help our clients optimize their execution and clearing infrastructure and solve their most complex operational challenges. Our team brings decades of experience in capital raising and has developed a deep understanding and extensive relationships with many of the largest and most active institutional investors in hedge funds. We help hedge funds shape their stories, refine their strategic plans, and develop the processes required to efficiently raise institutional capital. Thalēs is headquartered in New York and has offices in Chicago.
Thalēs Capital Partners LLC (“TCP”) and Thalēs Trading Solutions LLC (“TTS”) are wholly owned subsidiaries of Thalēs Associates LLC (“Thalēs”). TCP is registered as a Broker-Dealer with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and a member of Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) and Securities Investor Protection Corporation (“SIPC”). In addition, TCP and TTS are registered as Introducing Brokers with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) and members of the National Futures Association (“NFA”).
Founded in 2014, Edgefolio is a fintech company that specializes in simplifying interactions between investors and hedge funds through an intuitive interface and powerful analytical tools. Since its market debut, our platform has grown to become an industry utility, expanding its offering from investors and fund managers to other stakeholders including fund of funds, prime brokers, fund platforms, and administrators. Our vision is to build the platform for every stakeholder in the hedge fund industry. Our team is comprised of industry experts and technologists. Edgefolio is headquartered in London, and has presence in Hong Kong, New York, and Geneva.
Edouard Robbes | President
Thalēs Capital Partners LLC
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