Morgan Stanley Rethinks Hedge Fund Stakes

Feb 3 2010 | 7:45pm ET

Morgan Stanley is considering its options regarding its stake in several hedge fund firms, its CEO said.

James Gorman told investors at a conference in New York that the Wall Street giant was “evaluating” its stakes in Avenue Capital Group, Lansdowne Partners and Traxis Partners, as well as its ownership of FrontPoint Partners. Gorman, who succeeded John Mack as CEO last month, did not specify what options the firm was evaluating.

Gorman’s comments follow his announcement last month that incoming Morgan Stanley Investment Management chief Greg Fleming would examine the firm’s ownership of the hedge fund managers.

Last month, President Barack Obama unveiled a plan to bar bank holding companies from owning, investing in or sponsoring hedge funds and private equity funds. Morgan Stanley, which became a bank holding company in 2008 to become eligible for federal bailout funding, is the sixth-largest bank in the U.S. by assets, and owns minority stakes in six hedge fund managers, in addition to FrontPoint, which it bought in 2006.

Last month, The Wall Street Journal reported that FrontPoint’s leaders were mulling a management buyout of the Connecticut firm.


In Depth

Q&A: Jeff Eaton Talks Capital Raising, CalPERS And The Secondaries Market

Oct 14 2014 | 10:16am ET

Global placement agent Eaton Partners has raised close to $60 billion for some of...

Lifestyle

MacDonald-Korth Offers Insights Into Paintings Bought, Sold By Hedgies

Oct 7 2014 | 9:00am ET

Definitive and complete ratings require an in-person examination of an artwork,...

Guest Contributor

PAAMCO: European Equity Exposure - Challenging Year, But All is Not Lost

Oct 16 2014 | 4:12am ET

European equity hedge fund managers have had a tough time so far this year. The...

 

Videos

Editor's Note

    Must Attend Hedge Fund Charity Events For October

    Sep 30 2014 | 9:29am ET

    The crisp Autumnal days of October are upon us, and so are a few of the hedge fund industry’s favorite charitable events. If you have never been to Rocktoberfest, well, you are missing out. And for a quieter evening of sipping and socializing, stop by HFC’s Wine Soiree. Read more…

 

Futures Magazine

October 2014 Cover

Deeply flawed risk benchmark

Most traders agree that proper risk management is the key to successful trading. However, many traders depend on the deeply flawed measure of standard deviation as a benchmark of risk. Here we put it ...

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.