Ex-Goldman Prop. Trader's Hedge Fund Picks Three Prime Brokers

Feb 28 2011 | 11:33am ET

Azentus Capital, expected to be among the largest hedge fund launches of the year, has recruited a trio of brand-name prime brokers to handle its trades.

The Hong Kong-based hedge fund, founded by former Goldman Sachs proprietary-trading chief Morgan Sze, will use the services of his old firm, as well as those of Morgan Stanley and UBS, Reuters reports. The new fund is expected to debut in the second quarter with more than US$1 billion in initial assets.

Sze, who has been planning the fund since last year after Goldman decided to pull the plug on its prop. trading operations, officially left the firm earlier this month and registered Azentus with Hong Kong regulators a week ago. He is thought to be building a team of about 30 for the firm, including Roger Denby-Jones, former Boyer Allan Investment Management CEO, as chief operating officer, and at least four former members of his team at Goldman.


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