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Fight Fight Fight!

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bar_fight.gifFor those tiring of the squabbling over the European Union’s AIFM directive, at least the rhetoric continues to impress.

The EU threat has certainly made pension funds more bullish, and this week they were threatening to gang up on “arrogant” hedgies to force through far stricter terms on performance fees. “Institutional investors are totally disillusioned with funds not delivering what was on the tin,” Philip Read, chairman of the British Coal scheme, told chastened managers at the Hedge 2009 conference.

And what’s this? Even the Welsh have waded in with an attack on what they see as needless bureaucracy from the directive.

But my favourite comments come from Anthony Hilton’s column in yesterday’s Evening Standard. He asks a “French mole” to explain the EU’s onslaught on the hedge fund industry when there is broad agreement that the hedgies were not to blame for the financial crisis. The mole does not disappoint.

Out for the count

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A bit delayed this, but drawing your attention to Parvathy Ullatil’s entertaining look at hedge fund managers going at each other with fists and gumshields, rather than outlandish claims of stratospheric bonuses. Photos from Reuters pictures.

Steve 'Dynamite' Davidson from JP Morgan is introduced before a boxing match during the Hedge Fund Fight Nite in Hong Kong October 29, 2009. Twelve financiers participated in six charity fights on Thursday, watched by 800 of their peers from the corporate and finance world of Hong Kong. REUTERS/Bobby Yip (CHINA)It was the kind of opportunity loss-stricken investors probably wished for in the worst months of the financial crisis: getting a bunch of hedge fund managers in a boxing ring and pummeling them. 

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