Hedge Poachers: Talent Leaves GLG, JPMorgan, Caxton & Fortress
|August 6th, 2009||
|This week saw a number of hedge fund managers lose investment professionals to competing firms. The biggest move was the announcement that trader Robert Donald is in the process of leaving GLG Partners (NYSE: GLG) to launch a European Equity Fund for George Soros’ Soros Fund Management. While the press has compared this move to the debacle that followed star trader Greg Coffey’s departure from GLG for Moore Capital, many industry experts have downplayed its significance since Mr. Donald only manages a sub-strategy for one of the GLG’s long/short funds. The fund’s lead portfolio manager is co-founder Pierre LaGrange.|
Harvard Management Company (HMC) may have lost a lot of money recently, but it managed to find some extra cash to pay for two top managers from prominent hedge funds. The endowment manager announced yesterday that it had hired Michele Toscani from Fortress Investment Group’s (NYSE: FIG) Tokyo office. Ms. Toscani will join HMC’s international fixed income portfolio management team. Emil Dabora has been hired as an equity portfolio manager. She joins from Caxton Associates where she was a senior managing director specializing in event-driven investments. Ms. Dabora has a degree from Harvard University.
Finally, Lazard Asset Management announced that it had hired Lloyd Whitworth as a portfolio manager. He will join the firm’s UK equity team and will co-manage the firm’s UK Alpha, UK Omega and UK Diversified strategies. Mr. Whitworth joins Lazard from JPMorgan Asset Management.
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