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What's hot, what's not: Current trends in family office investments

New York: Based on our tracking of private investments, the energy sector seems to be the top attraction for investors, followed by drug and medical-technology.

Of the 22 private investors covered by The Capital Express( during the July 27-31 week, three family offices reported investing in energy.

Hemen Holding, a Cyprus company, disclosed making a whopping $291 million investment in Pride International Inc., a leading offshore drilling company in Houston, and the Fife family office parked $1.1 million in Petrosearch Energy Corp., also based in Houston. Tymothi Tombar, a private investor in Texas, invested $422,700 in Aspen Exploration Corp., an oil and gas exploration company in Denver.

The Grinberg family office of New Jersey walked the traditional line, reporting a $51 million stake in Movado Group Inc., the watch company, based in New Jersey. The Broick family of Houston invested $18.89 million in Superior Industries International Inc., Van Nuys, Calif., an aluminum road wheels supplier for the automotive industry.

Parker Petit, an individual investor, poured $1.4 million in MiMedx Group Inc., a Destin, Fla., medical technology developer. DellaCamera Capital, a New York hedge fund, put $28 million in Enzon Pharmaceuticals Inc., Bridgewater, N.J.

A Chinese family office, Redrock Capital Venture, parked $223,529 in Asia PremiumTelevision Group Inc., a media venture in Beijing. Keith Stewart, an individual investor, stayed local with a $630,000 investment in ValueVision Media Inc., Eden Prairie, Minn., a home shopping channel.

Software also got a fair share, with Blue TSV I,  based in Cayman Islands, investing about $2.5 million in ADAM Inc.,an Atlanta, Ga., software venture serving employers, benefits brokers and healthcare organizations. Cannell Capital, a hedge fund, put a $3.6 million bet on, Needham, Mass.

Banks got hefty investments, too. WSFS Financial Corp., Wilmington, Del., received $14.1 million from a Virginia hedge fund, while Webster Financial Corp., Waterbury, Conn., bagged $115 million from private equity outfit Warburg Pincus and $16.75 million from Algebris Investments (NASDAQ:UK) LLP, a hedge fund in Britain.

Source: The Capital Express (