Tuesday, 2 September 2014
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Feb 4 2010 | 10:18am ET
Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson has joined an alternative investments firm that once boasted the infamous Brian Hunter—the natural gas trader who sank Amaranth Advisors—on its staff.
Thompson, a Republican who also served as secretary of health and human services under former President George W. Bush, has joined Boston-based Peak Ridge Capital Group as an adviser to its AgTech private equity fund. AgTech is managed from Peak Ridge’s Madison, Wisc., office, investing in companies specializing in improving agricultural efficiency. The fund also invests in clean technology companies.
“I’m very excited to be working with such a well-regarded firm as Peak Ridge, which has a global reach, and especially happy to be working on a fund that is based in the Midwest and focused on the fields of agriculture and technology,” Thompson said.
Hunter, whose disastrous natural gas trades cost Amaranth more than $6 billion in 2006, leading to the fund’s demise, worked at Peak Ridge, advising the firm on its commodities fund. Peak Ridge told FINalternatives that Hunter left the firm in early 2008.
Thompson is reportedly mulling a challenge to Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wisc.) this year.
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…
Commodities/Futures magazine launched at the precipice of a revolution in the futures industry—really a revolution in the idea of risk management—that would move it from a small niche industry to ...