New York, NY (PressExposure) May 29, 2009 -- Opalesque Ltd., a leading international media company focusing on the hedge fund and alternative investments industry, announced today it has finalized its acquisition of Carbon360Â° Research. Headquartered in New York, Carbon360Â° Research is a leading provider of technology and operations research for the institutional investment community. The acquisition of Carbon360 and its team of experts led by founder Brian Shapiro greatly expands Opalesqueâs footprint in the operations,technology and market research space at a time when the investment management communityâs interests in operational risk mitigation and business sustainability are growing. Brian Shapiro will be staying on as Senior Research Fellow and the Carbon360Â° name and brand identity will continue as a wholly owned subsidiary of Opalesque, Ltd.
Carbon360Â°, established in 2002 with the mission of delivering the most in-depth research on critical enterprise software systems and operations trends, by profiling hundreds of different platforms from leading vendors like Sungardâ¢, Adventâ¢ and Thomson Reutersâ¢ etc., Carbon360Â° specializes in analyzing software companies' performance on functional, support and application development issues. The acquisition will bring together two established firms with deep expertise, and allow Opalesque to address the financial services industryâs expanding front and back office research needs.
"A myriad of short and long-term questions, particularly around operational efficiency, outsourcing, and business sustainability, are playing an increasingly important role in the way investment management companies invest in and view their operations and associated risk," said Brian Shapiro, founder of Carbon360Â°. "Opalesque is one of the few media firms that has successfully taken both a quantitative and qualitative approach to assessing and reporting on industry issues. Opalesque has helped tens of thousands finance professionals and investors to better understand complex investment-related and operational questions."
Opalesque publishes 10 specialist publications focusing on alternative investments, hedge funds, commodities, real estate, Islamic finance, managed futures/CTAs, "alternative alternatives", technical (chart) analysis and sovereign wealth funds. In a week, over 600,000 issues of Opalesque publications are read in over 160 countries. With the acquisition of Carbon360Â°, clients will have access to a vast expanse of accumulated data on over 500 different software and service providers and a suite of selection, evaluation and market research services.
"It would be an understatement to say that today's turbulent market environment is placing an unprecedented premium on understanding the entire spectrum of investment and operational risks â both traditional and non-traditional," said Matthias Knab, founder of Opalesque, Ltd. "By combining Carbon360Â°research with Opalesqueâs leading media capabilities and worldwide distribution, we can help asset managers and other financial institutions make more-informed decisions. Carbon360Â° Reports like the Carbon360Â° Fund Administration Report or its acclaimed vendor cross-comparative Matrixes are already the authoritative selection guide for the industry. Opalesque looks forward to support the compilation and distribution of vital research like the Carbon360Â° Matrixes on Risk Systems, Trading Systems, Investor Relationship Management and Hedge Fund Accounting."
About Carbon360Â° Research Carbon360Â° is the Investment Management Industryâs leading operations and technology research and intelligence source. Carbon360 products range from award winning, exclusive Matrix reports which profile and compare hundreds of Investment Management software products side by side, to white papers focusing on the most important issues facing the traditional and alternative asset management sector today.
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