Hedge Fund Loses Appeal Over Citibank CDS Case

Mar 11 2010 | 3:25pm ET

Hedge fund VCG Special Opportunities Master Fund has lost its bid to force a Citigroup broker-dealer division into arbitration over claims that the bank “suckered” the hedge fund into losing more than $18 million on credit-default swaps.

A federal appeals court denied VCG’s bid to overturn a lower court decision that held Citigroup Global Markets was not a party to VCG’s lawsuit. The hedge fund accuses another Citi unit, Citibank, of violating the CDS agreement, leaving VCG on the hook for $10 million when Citibank wrote down the assets in the CDS.

According to VCG, Citibank downplayed the risk involved in the derivatives, as well as charging “far in excess of what Citibank actually required.” VCG also sued Wachovia.

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