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Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory and legal events - week 38

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Former members of FrontPoint Partners launched their own hedge fund called Seawolf Capital; Stuart Powers is assembling a team for the January 1st launch of his hedge fund firm Hengistbury Investment Partners (global long/short equity fund); Cowen Group launched the Ramius Trading Strategies Managed Futures Fund; Cambridge Strategy was chosen as the launch manager for the CitiFX Access platform (a multi-manager platform); R. G. Niederhoffer Capital Management started the Roy G. Niederhoffer Inflation Protection Program; former Highbridge manager Jason Esralew said he was starting an event-driven hedge fund at Ionic Capital Management; Blackstone Group is considering to back Ali Akay’s Carrhae Capital hedge fund that will start trading in December; and South African group IDS is currently setting up new hedge funds on its new Malta platform.

Brevan Howard is to return $2bn to the Master Fund’s investors to avoid growing so large that its performance suffers; Arrowgrass Capital Partners is considering shutting down its equity fund following heavy redemptions; and the GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator, up 3% for September (compared to 19% in Nov-2008), showed that investors continue to trust the industry.

According to Eurekahedge, Asia-focused hedge funds netted around $500m in assets - a 32-month high. Craig Drill Capital reported a $12m growth in assets to $173.2m; the Morgan Stanley AIP Seventh Street Fund attracted 64 investments and reached $86.8m; and Raging Capital Management reached $100.08m after attracting 20 investment interests.

The Barclay Hedge Fund Index was down 3.42% in August (-2.50% YTD); The Eurekahedge hedge fund index was down -2.13% (-1.61% YTD); The Barclay CTA inde......................

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