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Firebird Adds US-Focused Vehicle to Menu


Firebird Management, which has spent 20 years focused largely on Russia and
other emerging markets, is ofering its frst U.S. stock fund.
Te vehicle, Firebird U.S. Value Fund, began trading on July 15 with $5.8 million
from eight backers. Te long-biased fund employs a fundamental-value strategy the
frm has used during the past two years to run partner money in separate accounts.
Tose accounts achieved a gross return of 0.35% in the fnal quarter of 2012, when
the S&P 500 Index fell 2%, then rose 43% in 2013, compared to a 32.3% gain for the
S&P. Year to date, the strategy was up 8% at the end of July, versus a 6% increase for
the benchmark.
Unlike Firebirds other funds, the new ofering wont employ leverage. Its charging
a performance fee equal to 30% of investor profts above the return of the S&P 500.
Firebird made a name for itself in the 1990s and early 2000s investing in Russia
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Fund Operators Field Phone Calls From SEC
Te SEC has begun reaching out to hedge fund managers by telephone to get a
better handle on their businesses.
The get-to-know-you calls are aimed at fund-management firms that were
required to register as investment advisors under the Dodd-Frank Act but
havent yet been formally examined. The SECs New York office, which also cov-
ers New Jersey, and several other regional offices are involved in the effort.
Te chief compliance ofcer at one New York frm recently felded a call from
an SEC stafer who wanted to know how the frms business had changed since its
last Form ADV fling. Te conversation lasted 40 minutes. Te stafer emphasized
that the outreach efort was not a formal examination and shouldnt be viewed as a
prelude to an SEC exam.
Several hedge fund professionals said they welcomed the initiative, saying it can
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Origami Pitching Next Secondary Vehicle
Origami Capital is raising money for the
next in a series of vehicles that buy illiquid
hedge fund shares on the secondary market.
Te Chicago frm hopes to complete a frst
round of capital raising for Origami Opportu-
nity Fund 3 in the frst quarter of next year.
Te fund will follow the same investment strategy as its predecessor, Origami
Secondary Fund 2, buying stakes in side pockets and other vehicles where hedge
funds parked their illiquid investments during the 2007-2009 fnancial crisis. In
a letter Origami sent to investors this month, the frm said its planned fund also
would invest in real estate fund restructurings, multi-asset mutual funds, bank-
ruptcy claims owned by funds, minority interests in general partners and nonper-
forming loans that couldnt be foreclosed by lenders.
Origami, founded in 2008 by Thomas Elden, has pursued investments in illiquid
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2 BofA Raises Bar for Currency Shops
2 Third Point Targets Real Estate Deals
2 Russell Glass Collecting Pledges
2 Startup Passes Hat for Quant Fund
3 New Vehicles Target Med-School Debt
3 Grant Thornton Eyes Growth Push
4 Deal Extends Axxcess Manager List
4 SEC Project Aids Security Specialist
4 SAC Alumnus Pitching Futures Fund
5 High-Flying Fund May Bar Entry
5 HEDGE FUND PERFORMANCE
7 LATEST LAUNCHES
Trader John Low has joined Hitchwood
Capital, the hedge fund shop forming
under Scout Capital co-founder James
Crichton. Low started at the New York
operation in the past couple of months,
following a run as head trader at Karsch
Capital from 2002 until the frm retuned
the bulk of its client capital last year.
Crichton, meanwhile, is aiming to launch
his fund with more than $1 billion. He
started Hitchwood afer a decision by
Scout co-founder Adam Weiss to exit the
asset-management business prompted
the $6.7 billion equity shop to unwind.
Many former Scout employees are on
board at Hitchwood.
Marketing specialist Brian Schwartz is
leaving One William Street Capital to join
CQS as head of client development in
the U.S. Schwartz is scheduled to make
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BofA Raises Bar for Currency Shops
Bank of America is culling unproftable clients from a prime-
brokerage unit that clears trades for currency-focused hedge
funds.
At the end of July, the bank notifed certain managers
that they have 45 days to fnd another currency broker. BofA
declined to comment, but a source said the prime-brokerage
division had been working with about 40 currency-trading
shops.
In recent months, BofA has taken a number of steps to
lighten the burden its prime-brokerage operation places on the
banks balance sheet. For example, it stopped providing fnanc-
ing to funds that primarily buy and sell bonds, and it is trans-
ferring its swap-trading operation to an unrated subsidiary in
an efort to better manage its regulatory-capital obligations.
Some industry professionals were puzzled by the pull-back
from foreign exchange, since that business typically would have
only a slight impact on a banks balance sheet. But others noted
that currency brokers in general are sufering from thin spreads
and low trading volumes. FX volumes have been very low and
ranges very tight, so not many FX [prime-brokerage] groups
will make their budgets, a currency-fund manager said.
Other major prime brokers, including Goldman Sachs, have
been fne-tuning their prime-brokerage operations in a bid to
improve margins and reduce risk in the face of increasingly
burdensome banking regulations. Goldman, for example, has
begun severing ties with less-proftable clients and raising fees
on others.
Third Point Targets Real Estate Deals
Third Point founder Dan Loeb is expanding the scope of his
business to include investments in commercial real estate.
Tird Point has hired real estate veteran Justin Rimel to
oversee the efort. Te frm will invest in commercial proper-
ties via a yet-to-be named afliate capitalized by Loeb and his
partners. Tey havent allocated a specifc amount of equity for
the initiative, but the buzz is they could invest a few hundred
million dollars of the their own money over the next few years.
Te initiative frst was reported by sister publication Real Estate
Alert.
Rimel spent the past 11 years at CIM Group, a Los Angeles
real estate shop where he was frst vice president for invest-
ment and development. In 2010, he opened CIMs New York
investment ofce, working on acquisitions, recapitalizations
and development. He will continue to be based in New York,
where Tird Point is headquartered. He starts afer Labor Day,
reporting to Loeb.
Until now, Tird Point is known to have made only two real
estate investments. Last summer, it teamed up with Woods Cap-
ital of Dallas to buy a foreclosed Dallas ofce building the
1.4-million-square-foot Tanksgiving Tower for $71 mil-
lion. Tird Point also has acquired land in Miami.
Several other large hedge fund operators already run real
estate vehicles, including Cerberus Capital, Five Mile Capital,
Fortress Investment, Garrison Investment and Och-Ziff Capital.
Most focus on opportunistic plays.
Tird Point had about $14 billion under management as of
the frst quarter.
Russell Glass Collecting Pledges
Russell Glass RDG Capital has taken in at least $23 million
for its debut hedge fund.
Glass, an activist investor best known for his associations
with Carl Icahn and Sam Wylys Ranger Capital, is marketing
onshore and ofshore versions of a vehicle called RDG Capital
Fund. Its unclear whether the fund has begun investing.
RDG is working with placement agent Young America Capi-
tal of Mamaroneck, N.Y.
When word got out that Glass was planning to launch
an activist fund, market professionals saw it has having the
potential to raise upwards of $100 million. Staring in the
1990s, Glass earned a reputation as a savvy investor frst as
a protege of Icahn and then at Ranger, where he was recruited
in 2003 to build an equity business dubbed Ranger Partners.
For the past four years, Glass has been managing his own
money via New York-based RDG.
Glass brief stint at Ranger ended in a high-profle legal dis-
pute in which Ranger accused him of mismanaging the equity
fund and he accused Ranger of breach of contract. Te two
sides eventually settled the case. But one source speculated that
memories of the court battle could give investors pause about
backing the RDG fund.
Startup Passes Hat for Quant Fund
A new quantitative hedge fund is seeking backers.
BrightView Capital, a startup in Red Bank, N.J., is market-
ing its debut vehicle, dubbed BrightView Adaptive Fund. Te
manager takes a systematic approach to trading large-cap U.S.
stocks and equity derivatives, employing trend-following,
mean-reversion and other quantitative methods. Positions
typically are held for a week or less.
Te exact timing of the funds launch is unclear, but it hadnt
raised any outside capital as of Aug. 1.
BrightView is led by chief executive Michael Kerris, who
set up shop earlier this year afer spending three years devel-
oping and testing his adaptive strategy. Kerris resume
includes stints at hedge fund shop Cohanzick Management
and UBS.
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New Vehicles Target Med-School Debt
A Chicago startup is planning two hedge funds that would
refnance student loans for medical professionals.
Link Capital aims to launch the vehicles in September or
October with a combined $50 million. One of the entities, Link
Capital Absolute Return Fund, will operate without leverage
while aiming to produce annual returns of about 4.5%. Te
other, Link Capital Strategic Opportunities Fund, will employ
a warehouse line while targeting gains of 12-14%.
Link Capital Absolute apparently would allow the loans in
its portfolio to amortize over time, or it could sell them. Link
Capital Strategic would periodically securitize its accounts, at
which point limited partners would have the option to rein-
vest proceeds from the bond sales or cash out. Both vehicles are
intended to provide stable fxed-income returns.
Link is in advanced talks with a number of potential back-
ers, who will determine how to split their capital among the
two funds as the talks move forward. Its marketing targets
include hedge fund operators and other investment firms.
But its focus has been on chief financial officers and chief
investment officers at hospitals and other healthcare opera-
tions.
Tose individuals, in California, New York, the Midwest and
Southeast, apparently are drawn to Link because they are aware
of the struggles that young doctors and nurses face in paying
of large student-loan debts. Link, meanwhile, is simultane-
ously gearing its hospital presentations toward lining up back-
ers and striking agreements to ofer its refnancing service as
part of employee-beneft packages.
Link believes it is the only education lender with an exclu-
sive focus on refnancing medical-school debt. It is limiting its
loans to doctors and nurses who have been out of school for
less than fve years and are currently employed, a group the
frm sees as carrying the lowest level of risk among all student-
loan borrowers. Links targeted audience has at least $35 billion
of medical-school debt outstanding, with the average graduate
owing almost $170,000. Te frm believes it can help them cut
costs by bundling their loans into lower-interest accounts, typi-
cally 10-year credits with a rate of 5.75%.
Both of the frms funds would lock up investor capital for
12 months, with Link Capital Strategic imposing a 5% penalty
on withdrawals during the following six months. Both vehicles
will collect a 50 bp management fee and a 75 bp servicing fee,
with no performance charge.
Link Capital Strategic also will assess a 50 bp fee for its ware-
house line, and take 1% of its securitization pools.
Link is led by chief executive William Claus, who previously
focused on healthcare businesses as a vice president in Bar-
clays investment-banking division. Also on board are chief
operating ofcer Katharine Hebenstreit, formerly an associate
in J.P. Morgans private-banking unit, and chief fnancial of-
cer Loren Kronemeyer, who has worked at KPMG and Cadence
Health. Tey are joined by Angelo Pileggi, a sales specialist who
is in charge of lining up borrowers.
Grant Thornton Eyes Growth Push
Grant Thornton is laying the groundwork for a staf expan-
sion that would position the accounting frm to work with a
far-larger number of hedge fund managers.
Te Chicago frms hedge fund practice currently encom-
passes 75-85 professionals in New York and Edison, N.J. Te
plan is to move the Edison team to a larger space in Wood-
bridge, N.J., in October while also opening an outpost in
Stamford, Conn.
Some existing employees would transfer from New York to
Woodbridge or Stamford, with an undetermined number of
new recruits joining all three locations. As they do now, the
stafers would perform auditing, tax and advisory work for
hedge fund operators.
Te expansion is being overseen by Frank Kurre, a managing
partner who is senior to hedge fund chief Michael Patanella.
Te aim of the project is to equip Grant Tornton to increase
its roster of hedge fund clients by at least 50% in the coming
years, adding to a list of names that already includes Elliot Man-
agement, Mariner Investment and Structured Portfolio Manage-
ment. Grant Tornton ranked ninth among auditors working
with hedge funds large enough to be registered with the SEC as
of March 31, with assignments covering 177 vehicles, accord-
ing to Hedge Fund Alerts Manager Database. Tat was down
19% from 196 a year earlier. Te ranking doesnt account for
tax or consulting work.
Grant Torntons ambitions come partly in response to
KPMGs June 30 takeover of Rothstein Kass. Tat combina-
tion has concentrated more business among the largest
auditing frms KMPG now rivals Ernst & Young and Price-
waterhouseCoopers as a market leader forcing the hands of
smaller competitors that want to keep up.
Indeed, expectations are that a number of accounting frms
will react with acquisitions or expansions, or by adding ser-
vices. Grant Tornton also hopes to pick up smaller clients who
had been working with KPMG or Rothstein but now are look-
ing elsewhere. A lot of hedge funds are seeking alternatives to
the big four, Kurre said. Grant Tornton might also be able to
broaden its reach by recruiting KPMG and Rothstein stafers.
At the same time, Grant Tornton is preparing for an infux
of business from fund operators that are outgrowing their bou-
tique accountants but are worried that they wont get enough
attention from the largest auditing frms.
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Deal Extends Axxcess Manager List
Axxcess Wealth Management is for the frst time ofering
exposures to small and emerging hedge fund operators through
its multi-manager business.
Te Carlsbad, Calif., frm maintains a menu of some 70 large
hedge funds that it ofers clients via separate accounts. Tis
week, the shop augmented that roster through an agreement
with Gar Wood Securities that gives it access to some of the bro-
kerage frms manager clients, including:
Te $25 million Canid Asset Management.
Te $126 million GROW Partners.
Te $20 million Market Concepts.
Te $100 million Probabilities Fund Management.
Te $22 million Sabra Capital.
Te deal was arranged between Axxcess chief executive
Mike Seid and Gar Wood capital-introduction chief Darren Day.
Chicago-based Gar Wood, which handles trade-clearing and
execution functions for some 45 hedge funds, hired Day this
year as part of an efort to expand its client base.
Axxcess had $124 million under management in Febru-
ary, representing a mix of discretionary and non-discretionary
capital run mostly for wealthy individuals, family ofces and
business owners. Tat fgure includes the assets of the multi-
manager hedge fund business and money that the frm and
its clients have allocated to private equity vehicles and other
alternative-investment products. Axxcess specializes in devel-
oping customized investment plans for its clients, while allow-
ing them to pick and choose their managers.
SEC Project Aids Security Specialist
Te SECs February announcement that it would examine
the computer-security practices of hedge fund managers has
given a big boost to cybersecurity frm eSentire.
Te New York operation now claims more than 400 clients
with $1.7 trillion under management, up from 350 clients
when the SEC disclosed its plan. About 160 of those shops work
directly with the frm, with the rest using its sofware via bun-
dled services ofered by companies including Edge Technology
and EzeCastle Integration.
Some 75% of them are hedge fund managers. Most of the
rest are hospitals. Clients typically pay monthly fees equal to
$100 to $150 per employee.
Founded in 2001 by Eldon Sprickerhoff, eSentire aims to help
protect clients from hackers and sophisticated viruses by constantly
monitoring their networks to immediately detect and block attacks.
With the SEC planning to start its examinations in the next few
weeks, such services have become a priority for fund managers.
A document on the regulators website contains some of the
questions it might ask, including whether managers have expe-
rienced past attacks, how they guard customer information,
how they authenticate clients for online access and how they
protect personal identifcation numbers.
Sprickerhof also points to increasingly frequent and sophis-
ticated attacks from Eastern Europe and Asia, including a fve-
fold increase in phishing attempts from China. He additionally
reports that someone in Taiwan has been trying to obtain pass-
words for hedge fund websites, perhaps as a diversion from a
more-subtle attack.
Along with tricking hedge fund stafers into transferring
money into unauthorized accounts, getting access to trades and
stealing data on wealthy clients, hackers may try some tactics
that ofen arent viewed as cybersecurity issues, Sprickerhof
said. For example, a frm that trades student loans might be
targeted for information about underlying borrowers. Hackers
also have installed so-called malware on the sites of two man-
agers and one law frm that are clients of eSentire.
SAC Alumnus Pitching Futures Fund
A veteran energy trader whose resume includes a stint at
SAC Capital launched a hedge fund on Aug. 1.
Richard Chausse began trading his Nokomis Commodities
fund with $1 million, including his own money and contribu-
tions from a small pension and an individual investor. His frm,
also called Nokomis Commodities, is in Greenwich, Conn.
Although Chausse spent most of his career trading electricity, his
fund will shun electricity futures due to liquidity concerns. Instead,
it will trade highly liquid futures tied to a wide variety of commodi-
ties and fnancial instruments, employing a rules-based strategy
Chausse has been using to manage his own account since 2008.
Chausse began trading energy futures in the 1990s, initially
at Hydro-Quebec and later at PG&E Energy Trading and WPS
Energy Services. From 2006 to 2008, he was part of a four-person
energy-trading team at SAC. He subsequently worked at Integrys
Energy Services and on the trading desk at oil giant BP.
Origami ... From Page 1
funds since the fnancial crisis. Most of its deals are complex
and privately negotiated, with the frm seeking to acquire assets
at deep discounts, ofen around 50 cents on the dollar.
Origami has acquired some $2 billion of fund stakes over
the years, generating an internal rate of return of 44%, accord-
ing to the investor letter. Te frm currently has $500 million
under management.
Opportunity Fund 3 will have a three-year investment period,
followed by a fve-year harvest period and two optional one-
year extensions. Investors participating in the frst close will pay
a management fee equal to 1.5% of invested capital, less than the
1.75% that will be charged to limited partners who commit later.
Te fund will charge a 1% fee on unfunded commitments.
Afer investors receive an 8% preferred return, the manager
will collect a performance fee equal to 20% of gains, but the
initial performance fee will be higher under a provision that
will allow it to catch up to the 20% proft split.
Teres a fairly narrow feld of secondary-market buyers
of hedge fund interests. Te others include Crestline Manage-
ment, Dorchester Capital and Rosebrook Capital. Tere are also
frms such as Lexington Partners that invest primarily in private
equity fund shares but also buy stakes in hedge funds.
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High-Flying Fund May Bar Entry
Te manager of a 2-year-old equity fund that has generated
a 57% compounded annual return may soon close the door to
new investors.
Lemelson Capital of Marlboro, Mass., just launched an of-
shore version of its Amvona Fund, which had $28 million
of gross assets as of April. But founder Emmanuel Lemelson
already is considering a halt to fund raising, for fear that his
small operation will become distracted by marketing and
investor-relations duties.
His long-biased fund, launched on Sept. 1, 2012, gained
19.3% in the last four months of that year, followed by a 61.4%
return in 2013 and a year-to-date gain of 23.2% through the
end of July. By comparison, the HFRI Equity Hedge (Total)
Index gained 14.3% last year and was up 2.4% for the frst seven
months of this year. Lemelson employs both special-situations
and activist strategies to invest in U.S. companies.
Amvona Fund began with about $3 million of net assets,
and was up to $12.1 million at the start of this year. In addi-
tion to stellar returns, Lemelson has attracted notice by mar-
keting the vehicle under the JOBS Act, which permits private
fund operators to advertise their performance. Te manager
charges fees equal to 1% of assets and 25% of gains above a
6% hurdle.
Lemelson has an unusual background for a portfolio man-
ager. Before he began managing money for separate-account
clients in 2010, he operated several small businesses, including
an online photographic-equipment company, and invested in
commercial real estate. In 2011, he was ordained as a priest in
the Greek Orthodox Church.
Lemelson also has gained a degree of notoriety for waging a
legal campaign challenging the right of a securitization trust to
collect the principal and interest on a mortgage he and his wife
took out in 2006. Te Lemelsons recently reached an agreement
with trustee U.S. Bank under which they would pay $900,000 to
retire a mortgage with a remaining balance of $1.5 million. Te
agreement would save the Lemelsons a total of $1.2 million in
principal, interest and fees.
Fund ... From Page 1
only help the SEC better understand their business. I would be
happy they are doing a good job to get to know the funds, said
a chief operating ofcer at a frm that hadnt yet received a call
from the regulator.
In some ways, the outreach efort is an extension of the
presence exam program, in which the SEC set out in 2012 to
examine about a quarter of newly registered fund operations.
Tat program is now winding down. Presumably, the agency
sees the telephone campaign as a more efcient way of survey-
ing frms that didnt undergo presence exams.
It can help the SEC focus more time and resources for inten-
sive examinations on those frms that may be unresponsive to
the outreach program or that exhibit other indications of high-
risk activity during the call, a hedge fund lawyer said.
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Hedge Fund Performance
July YTD
Return Return
(%) (%)
BENCHMARK INDICES
S&P 500 -1.38 5.66
Russell 2000 -6.05 -3.06
MSCI EAFE (Europe, Australia, Far East: net) -1.97 2.72
Barclays Aggregate Bond -0.25 3.67
Barclay/Global HedgeSource -0.51 3.18
2,000+ funds (unweighted)
Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index -0.10 2.82
2,500+ funds (unweighted)
Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index -0.33 2.74
2,000+ funds (unweighted)
HedgeFund Intelligence -0.43 3.68
7,000+ funds (unweighted)
HFN Hedge Fund Aggregate Average -0.57 2.68
4,900+ funds (unweighted)
Fund of funds -0.57 1.55
Equity hedge -1.14 1.95
Relative value -0.02 2.93
HFRI Fund Weighted Composite -0.62 2.47
2,000+ funds (weighted)
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Firebird ... From Page 1
and other countries of the former Soviet bloc, with assets under
management peaking at about $4 billion. But heavy redemp-
tions during the fnancial crisis prompted the New York frm
to restructure its Firebird Global Fund. Firebirds assets now
stand at $1.1 billion.
Among the frms other oferings are the Firebird New Rus-
sia Fund and Firebird Republics Fund. In an Aug. 4 interview
with Bloomberg, partner Ian Hague said Firebird had recently
cut its exposure to Russia over concerns about the countrys
handling of the crisis in Ukraine and the sanctions it faces
from the U.S. and European Union.
Meanwhile, the frm is working on two new private equity-
style vehicles one focused on listed companies in Mongolia,
the other on growth-equity opportunities in the Baltic states of
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. In March, the frm held a frst
close for Firebird Mongolia Class 3, raising $3.5 million toward
an overall equity goal of $20 million. And in the fourth quarter,
Firebird plans to begin marketing Amber Trust 3 with a 200
million ($270 million) fund-raising target. Firebird ran the frst
two funds in the Baltic-focused Amber series in partnership
with Danske Bank. Te Danske team has since spun of as KJK
Capital of Helsinki, which will serve as co-manager for Amber
Trust 3.
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LATEST LAUNCHES

Fund
Portfolio managers,
Management company Strategy Service providers Launch
Equity at
Launch
(Mil.)
Amvona Fund
Domicile: British Virgin Islands
See Page 5
Emmanuel Lemelson
Lemelson Capital,
Marlborough, Mass.
508-630-2281
Equity: Long-bias Prime Broker: BTIG
Law firm: Armor Compliance
Auditor: Michael Coglianese
Administrator: Michael J. Liccar & Co.
July 1
BrightView Adaptive Fund
Domicile: U.S.
See Page 2
Michael Kerris
BrightView Capital,
Red Bank, N.J,
732-924-4215
Equity derivatives
Firebird U.S. Value Fund
Domicile: U.S.
See Page 1
Steven Gorelik
Firebird Management,
New York
212-698-9266
Equity: Long-bias July 15 $5.8
Link Capital Absolute Return
Fund
Link Capital Strategic
Opportunities Fund
Domicile: U.S.
See Page 3
William Claus
Link Capital,
Chicago
312-226-6700
Lending: Student
loans
Sept./Oct. $50
Nokomis Commodities
Domicile: Delaware
See Page 4
Richard Chausse
Nokomis Commodities,
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the move in the fourth quarter. At One
William Street, he has been heading
marketing alongside Josh Simons
who now will handle those responsi-
bilities on his own. Schwartz will work
in the New York ofce of CQS, the
London-based multi-strategy shop led
by Michael Hintze. CQS had $14 billion
under management at the start of this
year.
Mike Shillman has lef his post as an
analyst at Skytop Capital to join Ravenuer
Investment. New York-based Ravenuer
was founded earlier this year by former
Tricadia Capital portfolio manager Mark
Black, with a strategy that spans a mix of
debt and equity products. Te frm was
scheduled to launch its debut fund dur-
ing the second quarter, but its unclear if
the vehicle has started trading yet.
Emerging-markets fund opera-
tor TRG Management elevated Jay
Cohen this month to partner from
managing director. Cohen man-
ages the New York operations legal
and compliance functions, a role in
which he also directs the structur-
ing and formation of new products.
He joined TRG in 2010 as assistant
general counsel, moving up to chief
compliance officer in 2012 and gen-
eral counsel in January 2013. TRG,
founded in 2002 by Nicolas Rohatyn,
does business as Rohatyn Group. It
started this year with $4.8 billion of
regulatory assets.
D.E. Shaw has picked up an analyst. Max
Grant arrived at the New York invest-
ment shop this month from investment-
banking frm Foros Group, where he
worked for three years. He is covering
technology, media and telecommunica-
tions stocks under portfolio manager
Edwin Jager. D.E. Shaw was founded in
1988 by David Shaw. It had $33 billion
under management as of July 1.
A one-time Lazard analyst has signed
on with the same title at equity fund
operator Southpoint Capital. Keson Choy
arrived last month as a member of
Southpoints investment team in New
York. Choy was on board at Lazard
from 2010 to 2012, focusing on mergers
and acquisitions involving healthcare
businesses. Afer that, he worked as an
associate at New York private equity
frm Welsh Carson. Southpoint fnished
last year with $3 billion under manage-
ment.
Flyberry Capital is in the fnal stages
of negotiations with a new backer that
would park $10 million in a separate
account run by the Cambridge, Mass.,
quantitative-investment shop. Te
agreement would follow the June arrival
of a $2 million commitment from
First Spring Corp., a New York invest-
ment frm that holds an equity stake in
Flyberry. Tat contribution was routed
through a Typhon Capital separate-
account business called Typhon Access,
fowing into a new vehicle called Fly-
berry Nautilus. Te vehicle was up 2.6%
from June 24 to July 31. Flyberry was
founded in 2012 by Michael Chang.