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Theory Capital Partners closes down after just 10 months

Date: September 16th, 2010
Rob Broggi and Carl Fantasia have decided to shut down Theory Capital Partners, a tech and media focused hedge fund firm that they founded late last year....

Shareholder Activist Update: Discovery Group takes aim at Tier Technologies and Atricure

Date: September 16th, 2010
Last week activist shareholder Discovery Group informed Tier Technologies Inc. (NYSE: TIER) of its intention to nominate up to two individuals for election...

Citadel expands into Boston with new office

Date: September 16th, 2010
Citadel Investment Group, the Chicago-based hedge fund manager founded by Kenneth Griffin, has opened a new office in Boston. According to a Citadel...

Chilton Investment hires Frederic Gautier to spearhead European expansion

Date: September 15th, 2010
Chilton Investment Company has hired Frederic Gautier, a former star money manager from Fidelity, as a portfolio manager to lead its European investment...

Phil Falcone’s Harbinger Capital is Making Coin on Distressed Credit Trading

Date: September 15th, 2010
Contrary to a recent Reuters article, Phil Falcone’s hedge fund Harbinger Capital is apparently having a good year. Harbinger’s Blue Line,...

Capital Structure: Optimal or Opportunistic?

Date: September 14th, 2010
Contrary to the prediction of doomsayers during the banking crisis of 2008, firms seem to be returning with a vengeance to the debt markets. Last week’s...

Proxy Access for Activist Investors

Date: September 14th, 2010
With some drama and controversy, last month the SEC granted activist investors one long-held wish, for proxy access. Congress also had a role, clearing...

Who Says Hedge Funds Aren't Adding Value?

Date: September 13th, 2010
According to my old friend, Rick Sopher, chairman of LCH Investments in London, the top ten hedge funds have earned $153 billion for their investors since...

SEC charges Systematic Financial’s Sandra Venetis with Multi-Million Dollar fraud

Date: September 13th, 2010
The SEC has charged Sandra Venetis with the operation of a New Jersey-based offering fraud that swindled scores of investors, many of whom were retired,...

Hedge funds down -0.49%; Greenlight, Hutchin Hill and Capula outperform

Date: September 13th, 2010
The Hennessee Hedge Fund Index, an equally-weighted average of over 1,000 funds, was down -0.49% during August, while the S&P 500 dropped -4.74%, the...

Allan Bedwick’s OGI Global to surpass $100 million

Date: September 12th, 2010
Having secured returns that bested other hedge funds worldwide, the OGI Global Macro Fund is predicted to double its assets this month, bringing the fund’s...

Goldman Principal Strategies’ Stars are Moving on: Perella Weinberg, Carlyle, PIMCO, KKR, BlackRock?

Date: September 10th, 2010
Since last week’s announcement that Goldman Sachs was shutting down its venerated principal strategies group to comply with the Dodd-Frank act, news...

Buy Russia When Oil is Cheap

Date: September 9th, 2010
If you wonder why I recommend a shower after investing in Russia, Bill Browder will give you the reasons at length in this

Yet another senior departure from Gartmore Investment Management

Date: September 8th, 2010
After months of upheaval surrounding the temporary suspension and subsequent resignation of one of its star traders and the resignation of its general...

Hedge Fund Job Report: Armajaro, EIM, Man Group, Perella Weinberg, Hermes, Moore Capital

Date: September 7th, 2010
In this week’s hedge fund hiring report, we look at recent additions at a number of top firms. The featured hedge fund moves include senior appointments...

The Spectrum of Hedge Fund Investors and a Roadmap to Effective Marketing

Date: September 7th, 2010
Merlin has written a number of articles and papers this year about the changing nature of the hedge fund industry. Specifically, we have written about...

Shareholder Activist Insights: Rodding out the Proxy Plumbing

Date: September 6th, 2010
To their credit, SEC commissioners use the rather colloquial and workman-like (and inapt, see below) “proxy plumbing” only around the office. In

Einoshin Arima & Giselle Leung launch Areion Asset Management with $120 million

Date: September 3rd, 2010
Einoshin Arima and Giselle Leung’s new hedge fund management firm, Areion Asset Management, launched its maiden hedge fund this week. According to...

Darwinian Downsizing in the Solar Industry

Date: September 2nd, 2010
The solar industry is suffering some 19th century Darwinian style competition, with Chinese manufacturers Suntech (STP) and Yingli Green Energy Holding...

Collard Capital Management launches Collard Global Macro hedge fund

Date: September 1st, 2010
Collard Capital Management is launching the Collard Global Macro Fund this month. The new hedge fund offering will be managed by Simon Collard and James...

Another Year Another Challenge for Funds of Hedge Funds

Date: August 31st, 2010
In 2008 the fund of funds industry had a tough time producing returns for investors because only 30% of hedge funds produced a positive return. For 2009...

Possible Warren Buffett successor Louis A. Simpson to retire

Date: August 30th, 2010
Louis A. Simpson of Berkshire Hathaway’s Geico subsidiary has announced that he will be retiring at the end of the year. Simpson has successfully managed...

Stanley Druckenmiller prepares to close down Duquesne Capital Management

Date: August 29th, 2010
Stanley Druckenmiller recently announced his decision to retire as a hedge fund manager and close his Duquesne Capital Management hedge fund, citing his...

Activist Report: Microsoft should raise its Dividend

Date: August 28th, 2010
As a long holder of Microsoft (MSFT), I submitted last week a resolution for Microsoft to significantly increase its quarterly dividend. It's my hope...

Paolo Pellegrini’s PSQR Management returning investors’ capital

Date: August 26th, 2010
Paolo Pellegrini’s hedge fund firm launched in 2008 with much fanfare, but now the famed investor is reportedly returning capital from PSQR Management...

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