Phibro Chief’s Hedge Fund Raises More Than $1 Billion

Jun 22 2010 | 1:43pm ET

Fundraising may be tough for many hedge fund managers, but not for Citigroup’s former star energy trader.

Andrew Hall, who led Citi’s hugely profitable Phibro oil-and-gas trading unit, and his new partners at Occidental Petroleum, which bought Phibro last year, raised more than $1 billion for their new hedge fund, Astenback Capital Management. Hall began raising the money in 2008, when he was still at Citi.

Some 37 investors lined up to pour $1.08 billion into the new offshore version of Phibro’s commodities hedge fund. In February, Astenback announced that the onshore version of the fund had raised about $148 million. Astenback, which manages outside money exclusively, with Phibro running Occidental’s own capital, has a $25 million minimum investment requirement.

Park Hill Group, the placement agent owned by the Blackstone Group, participated in the fundraising and will receive about $7.5 million in commissions.

Astenback already managed about $1.4 billion before the fundraising.

Hall and Occidental established Astenback earlier this year to take over management of the Phibro funds. Occidental bought Phibro for $250 million in October, after Hall’s guaranteed $100 million bonus raised the ire of the U.S. government, which owns a large stake in the bank and was pushing it to cut compensation.


In Depth

Q&A: Open Season For Closed-End Funds

Aug 29 2014 | 10:00am ET

When Maury Fertig and Bob Huffman, former Salomon Brothers coworkers, launched...

Lifestyle

Och Funds Women In Finance Initiative At U-M

Aug 28 2014 | 3:01pm ET

Och-Ziff Capital founder Daniel Och and his wife have made a "generous donation"...

Guest Contributor

Looking Ahead: What’s In Store For Managed Futures?

Aug 22 2014 | 12:52pm ET

The last five years were phenomenal for investors in equity indices. Will the next...

 

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

July/August 2014 Cover

The time was right

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 ...

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.