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Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 45

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque London:

Last week, we heard of fund launches from Harbour AM (Asia-focused L/S equity); Woodhull Capital (credit opps); Canyon Capital (distressed opps); Erste Group Bank (global multi-strategy Ucits FoHFs); Dougherty & Co. (L/S small caps); Anello A.M. (currency programme); SkyTop Capital (special sits); Garrison Investment Group (opps); China's E-Fund (L/S global EM hedge fund and long-only fund); and Waratah Advisors (three hedge funds).

Boutique bank Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. LLC tapped Citadel A.M. to run a new energy hedge fund (the first of several), said WSJ.com; former colleagues at Duquesne Capital Management LLC are opening a new firm with $5bn in assets, the second-largest hedge-fund start-up ever, said Bloomberg; star trader Charlie Chan left Credit Suisse to launch a new hedge fund; and Moore Capital Management plans to spin off Paul Findley's European equities team, which may start a separate hedge fund in the first quarter.

RAB Capital closed down its remaining Asia-focused fund, and five members of the Hong Kong-based Pi investment team left; and Camulos Capital liquidated its flagship just months after beating back an investor petition to force it to do just that.

In October, the HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index was up 2.35% (est.), 7.14% YTD; The Hennessee hedge fund index climbed 1.9%, 6.6% YTD; The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index posted +1.34% (est.), 7.41% YTD; The Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index went up 2.35%, 7.4% YTD; Among IndexIQ’s investable benchmark hedge fund replication indexes, the L/S index was up 1.92% (5.48% YTD) and the Global Macro index was down 0.55% (+5.41 YTD); HFR reported that Asian hedge funds had soared in Q3; the HFRX China Index outperformed the Shanghai Composite by nearly 25% YTD.

TrimTabs Investment Research and BarclayHedge reported that the hedge fund industry had posted an inflow of $3.8bn......................

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