Money managers under the microscope
In our investor profile of GLG’s Pierre Lagrange, we highlight two very different sides of London’s hedge fund industry and a potential culture clash in Man Group’s surprise takeover of GLG this month.
In many ways, Lagrange symbolises the informal, star manager culture that GLG has based its growth on (although also suffered from after Greg Coffey’s departure and Philippe Jabre’s FSA fine).
Being neighbours with Lakshmi Mittal, and a backer of both comic book action film Kick Ass and a modern art gallery, the long-haired Belgian may find being part of Man Group something of a culture shock.
Man is dominated by its black box AHL fund and has always avoided the star manager culture in its multi-manager unit.
News and views on the hedge fund industry from Reuters and eslewhere:
Did you get to the Jabre shindig? – Telegraph
Nelson wounded – Reuters
Trust Laxey – FT
The Quant problem, again – TraderMark
High-profile hedge fund manager Philippe Jabre has lent his voice to the view that equity investors have more to play for.
The former GLG trader, probably better known for a record FSA fine of 750,000 pounds for market abuse than for his strong track record, thinks there is “money to be made”in bombed-out stocks in sectors such as financials, energy and industrials.