Merkin Investors To Get $200 Million Back

May 28 2010 | 9:26am ET

Investors in two Bernard Madoff feeder funds are set to get a decent chunk of their money back.

Bart Schwartz, the court-appointed receiver in the case, this week filed a plan to return $200 million to 278 investors in J. Ezra Merkin’s Ariel Fund and Gabriel Capital Corp. The figure represents only about one-sixth of the $1.2 billion Merkin investors lost in the Madoff scandal, although Schwartz said that, on average, investors would get back about one-third of their losses.

All told, Schwartz has recouped about $270 million for the funds’ investors. The funds, which had only about 30% of their assets invested with Madoff, and the rest with Cerberus Capital Management, still hold roughly $1 billion in assets awaiting liquidation.

Unlike his old friend Madoff, who is serving 150 years in prison for running the largest Ponzi scheme in history, Merkin, a former chairman of GMAC, has not been charged criminally. But he is battling a series of lawsuits, including one filed by New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.


In Depth

bfinance: Fees Falling Across Asset Classes, Yet Overall Investor Costs Still Climbing

May 16 2017 | 9:53pm ET

Despite unprecedented attention on fees, new research from investment consultancy...

Lifestyle

CFA Institute To Add Computer Science To Exam Curriculum

May 24 2017 | 9:25pm ET

Starting in 2019, financial industry executives sitting for the coveted Chartered...

Guest Contributor

Risk-Based Compliance: Why Oversight Of Outsourcing Is Critical

May 10 2017 | 7:02pm ET

Compliance is notoriously one of the trickiest middle office functions for funds...

 

From the current issue of