Apex Group celebrates GIFT City success with new client win

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Apex Group Ltd. (“Apex Group” or “The Group”), a global financial services provider, today announces its appointment by The Investment Trust of India Limited (“ITI”) to provide Fund Administration services to the ITI Long Short Equity Offshore Fund (“The Fund”) in India’s Gujarat International Finance Tec-City International Financial Centre (“GIFT City”).

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12/09/2023 |
  • Akshay Thakurdesai

    Akshay Thakurdesai, Country Head, India at Apex Group

Incorporated in 1991, ITI is one of India’s largest financial services conglomerates. ITI’s has total AUM of USD $650m+ under Mutual Fund and Alternate Investment Fund business in India. 

The flagship alternate investment fund of the firm – ITI Long Short Equity AIF CAT 3, an onshore fund was launched five years ago has delivered consistent performance and touched the highest AUM of approximate INR 800 crore (USD $100 million+). With an already successful long/short strategy, ITI is ready to expand its footprint in the offshore market with launch of this new fund.

Established in the Indian market for more than 15 years, Apex Group employs over 3,500 people across multiple local offices, and services more than $50bn of assets for more than 100 Indian clients globally. In November 2021, Apex Group became one of the first global fund administrators to receive regulatory approval to operate in GIFT City to deliver its single-source solution to clients in the International Financial Centre. In addition to being one of the first providers to enter GIFT City, the Group plans to become one of the largest, expanding its presence over the coming years to build an office employing 250-300 local experts.

The ITI Long-Short Equity Offshore Fund is a GIFT City registered AIF Category III, is ITI’s maiden offshore fund, launched in 2023. The Fund aims to outperform the Nifty index over a full equity market cycle, while protecting downside during equity market downturns along the way; delivering lower volatility of performance and lowering risks for the investors.

Apex Group will support ITI with technology-enabled Fund Administration services. Fund Administration is at the core of Apex Group’s single-source solution, delivering timely, accurate and independent services, underpinned by market leading technology platforms. ITI’s partnership with Apex Group delivers the benefits of the PAXUS software platform, including increased efficiency, reduced risk of error, faster valuation, ability to support complex funds and significant cost efficiencies.

Akshay Thakurdesai, Country Head, India at Apex Group comments: “Today’s announcement further demonstrates the exciting growth opportunity with GIFT City provides for India – both for domestic investors looking to launch offshore structures, as well as by connecting India to other international financial hubs. Apex Group’s unique single-source model, available globally and delivered locally, offers a compelling and comprehensive suite of technology-enabled solutions to support the rapidly expanding GIFT City International Financial Centre. We look forward to providing further support and solutions from our GIFT City office as we continue to build a significant on-the-ground presence with plans to hire 300 talented employees to enable the success of our current and future clients.”

Ajay Vaswani, President & Chief Business Officer – Alternate Investment Funds at ITI further comments: “With India continuing to emerge as a key player in the global economy, ITI aims to capitalize on the country's growth potential by employing a dynamic investment strategy. This investment approach will enable the fund to generate risk adjusted returns, by protecting the downside during market falls and capturing the equity upside. While launching our maiden offshore vehicle, it was important to choose the right partner to support our establishment of the ITI Long-Short Equity Offshore Fund in GIFT City. We are pleased to be working with Apex Group, a global provider with a knowledgeable local team who have demonstrated a deep understanding of GIFT City and AIF fund structures.”

“Undoubtedly, GIFT City and the AIF structure offer an exciting new opportunity for India’s leading asset managers who are seeking to raise global capital. We look forward to continuing to work with Apex Group’s experienced local team in GIFT City who, with their local insights and a global outlook, have delivered an impressive quality of service and responsiveness to requests.” Adds Ajay Vaswani.

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