Saturday, January 4, 2014
This summary highlights selected information contained elsewhere in this prospectus. This summary does not contain all of the information you should consider before investing in our Class A shares. You should read this entire prospectus carefully, especially the risks of investing in our Class A shares discussed under “Risk Factors” beginning on page 27, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and the consolidated financial statements and related notes included elsewhere in this prospectus before making an investment decision.
We are a leading international, institutional alternative asset management firm and one of the largest alternative asset managers in the world, with approximately $26.8 billion of assets under management for over 700 fund investors as of April 30, 2007. We have a strong track record spanning over 13 years, which places us among the longest standing alternative asset managers globally.
We were founded in 1994 by Daniel Och, together with the Ziffs, with the goal of building a world class investment management business. Prior to founding our company, Mr. Och spent over 11 years at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Mr. Och instilled the team-based culture he experienced at Goldman Sachs into our firm, and this approach has helped us become a leader in the alternative asset management industry. Today, we have over 300 personnel, with over 125 investment professionals, including 18 partners, located in our New York headquarters and offices in London, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Bangalore. We have been a leader in international expansion in our industry and expect to further expand by opening an office in Beijing later this year.
We seek to deliver consistent positive, risk-adjusted returns throughout market cycles, with a focus on risk management and capital preservation. Our diversified, multi-strategy approach combines global investment strategies, including merger arbitrage, convertible arbitrage, equity restructuring, credit and distressed credit investments, private equity and real estate. We base our investment decisions on detailed, research-based, bottom-up analysis, and our investment philosophy focuses on opportunities for long-term value. Our investment processes are designed to incorporate risk management into every investment decision: our portfolio managers meet with analysts daily to review the risks related to their positions and the inherent risks associated with these positions, and we have a risk management committee that conducts regular oversight of portfolio risk. Risk management has been a core foundation of our business since inception and remains a critical part of our investment process today.
We manage and operate our business with a global perspective, looking to take advantage of investment opportunities wherever they arise. We have been among the pioneers in building out a global alternative investment platform, enabling our teams in the United States, Europe and Asia to share ideas and analysis across geographic regions and investment strategies.
We believe our deeply embedded, team-based culture differentiates us from our competitors. We currently have 18 partners and 27 managing directors, all of whom derive virtually all of their income payments from participation in the profits of our entire business. Our compensation system helps minimize the potential for asymmetric risk profiles between fund investors and our partners and employees and fosters a strong culture of internal cooperation and sharing of ideas. Additionally, all of our professional employees have the opportunity to eventually become managing directors and partners, providing a compelling incentive and retention mechanism. We have historically experienced very little employee turnover, and believe that, as a result of this culture, we have been particularly successful in attracting and retaining some of the leading investment and business talent in the industry.