Goldman, GLG Hedge Funds Win Lehman Ruling

Dec 17 2009 | 12:24pm ET

A group of hedge funds run by Goldman Sachs and GLG Partners have won a court ruling that could keep billions out of the hands of several Lehman Brothers affiliates and the bankrupt bank’s hedge fund clients.

The High Court in London has ruled that Lehman Brothers International Europe fell “spectacularly short” of keeping client money properly “ring-fenced” from its own. Justice Michael Briggs ruled that money that was not properly ring-fenced cannot be claimed from the US$1 billion controlled by Lehman administrators PricewaterhouseCoopers, and that the Lehman affiliates and some hedge fund clients will not be able to pursue claims totaling US$3 billion against the PwC-controlled pool.

“This shocking underperformance has occurred for a number of reasons,” Briggs said. “LBIE failed to identify client money, and therefore also failed to segregate, vast sums received from or on behalf of a significant number of clients.” That means that some of Lehman’s prime brokerage customers, including the CRC Credit Fund and Claren Road Asset Management, have been reduced to the status of unsecured creditors.


In Depth

Whisky Business: The Ultimate Liquid Alternative Investment

Sep 15 2014 | 7:02am ET

David Robertson knows his single-malt whisky—he was the Master Distiller at the...

Lifestyle

Hedgies Rock Out For Children's Charity

Sep 15 2014 | 8:40am ET

It's that time of year again—when hedgies trade in their spreadsheets for guitars...

Guest Contributor

Volkered: How Financial Sector Reforms are Creating Opportunities for Hedge Funds

Sep 16 2014 | 11:28am ET

New regulations have dramatically curtailed proprietary trading activity in investment...

 

Editor's Note

    Get A Sneak Peak Of The Alpha Pages

    Aug 25 2014 | 11:21am ET

    As many of you know, FINalternatives was recently acquired by the owners of Futures magazine, a firm called The Alpha Pages LLC. Today marks the soft-launch of a new sister site for both publications. As its name suggests, The Alpha Pages will cover all types of alternative investments, going far beyond the more well-known ones such as hedge funds and private equity. Read more…

 

Futures Magazine

September 2014 Cover

The London Whale: Rogue risk management

Credit default swaps brought down the London Whale and cost JPMorgan $6.2 billion. Here is how it happened.

The Alpha Pages

TAP July/August 2014 Cover

The Alpha Pages Interview: Senator Rand Paul

Senator Paul sat down in the debut series of the Alpha Pages Interview to discuss the broken tax code, regulation surrounding Bitcoin, and his plans for the 2016 Presidential election.