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Tetragon Financial Group buys Polygon Management for $98.5m

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Tetragon Financial Group Limited, a Guernsey closed-ended investment company traded on NYSE Euronext in Amsterdam, has purchased Polygon Management LP, a hedge-fund firm founded by the same management team, for about $99m. Tetragon is largely focused on structured loans but appears to be expanding its business portfolio with this purchase.

The firm reported its third quarter earnings report today. According to a Bloomberg account of the transaction, Tetragon used 11.7m of its non-voting shares to make the purchase. Polygon principals Reade Griffith and Paddy Dear are also directors and principals at Tetragon, based on Friday's share price Reuters values the transaction at $98.5m. In its earnings statement, Tetragon showed that its asset management segment continues to grow. "We believe that TFG owning or having stakes in asset management businesses may provide repeatable income streams and reduce fees paid to third-party managers," the firm wrote.

Polygon also owns a 13% stake in GreenOak Real Estate LP, an investment firm that oversees $1.9bn, and LCM Asset Management LLC, an investor in syndicated loans that holds assets valued at about $4.5bn, both companies were discussed in the earning state......................

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