CAIS Expands Product Menu with Capital Markets Syndicate OfferingSeptember 10, 2013
Advisors Gain Centralized Access to Institutional-Quality Equity & Fixed Income New Issues
CAIS, the leading independent marketplace providing efficient access to institutional funds and products, today announced the expansion of its product menu to include capital markets syndicate offerings. CAIS will centralize a robust menu of equity and fixed income new issues from leading underwriters and financial sponsors, providing wealth advisors the opportunity to obtain allocations of IPOs and follow-on offerings generally only made available to institutional investors.
Capital markets syndicate is the latest addition to CAIS’s existing product offering, which includes top-tier hedge funds, private equity funds, structured products and precious metals. Through this offering, CAIS will continue to provide the same level of customization and intuitive technology that advisors have come to expect, including electronic order entry, customized deal notifications and a consolidated syndicate calendar featuring offerings from multiple banks. Equity and fixed income offerings will include common stock across all sectors, MLPs, REITs, BDCs, preferreds, corporate bonds, municipal bonds, 144A/private placements and closed-end funds.
“Today, we are further leveling the playing field for wealth advisors by providing unprecedented, centralized syndicate access,” said Rafay Farooqui, Co-Founder and President of CAIS. “We believe that providing capital markets access is an important addition to our established product menu of alternative investments and structured products that will better enable advisors to meet their clients’ growing investment needs.”
Additionally, bank underwriters and financial sponsors that partner with CAIS will gain streamlined distribution into the fragmented multi-trillion dollar independent wealth management industry. In launching its capital markets syndicate access, CAIS has formed several key strategic relationships with leading banks, most recently BMO Capital Markets (NYSE/TSX: BMO). CAIS will selectively expand these relationships to ensure diversity and consistency of syndicate offerings. The CAIS model represents a reliable and centralized high-net-worth distribution point that is non-competitive with bank capital markets mandates.
All capital markets transactions executed through CAIS are cleared through Pershing.
CAIS also announced today that it has hired Scott Delgado, formerly of Morgan Stanley, as Director and Head of Capital Markets. “I’m excited to join the CAIS team and develop our capital markets business,” said Delgado. “As the wealth management industry reaches an inflection point, CAIS has identified a unique opportunity to serve as the bridge between advisors seeking syndicate offerings and banks that are eager to identify new channels of capital.”
Additional information about CAIS and its full menu of offerings can be found at www.caisgroup.com
CAIS is the leading alternative investment platform for financial advisors who seek improved access to and education about alternative investment funds and products. CAIS provides financial advisors with a broad selection of alternative investment strategies including, hedge funds, private equity, private credit, real estate and structured notes, allowing them to capitalize on opportunities and/or withstand ever-changing markets. Additionally, CAIS provides an industry-leading learning system, CAIS IQ, that helps advisors learn faster, remember longer and improve client outcomes.
All funds listed on CAIS undergo Mercer’s independent due diligence and ongoing monitoring. Mercer diligence reports and fund ratings are available to advisors on the CAIS password-protected platform. CAIS streamlines the end-to-end transaction process through digital subscriptions and integrated reporting with Fidelity, Schwab and Pershing, making investing in alternatives simple.
Founded in 2009, CAIS, a fintech leader, is empowering wealth management by leveling the playing field for financial advisors everywhere.
Securities offered through CAIS Capital LLC, member FINRA, SIPC.