Deutsche Bank Vets’ Hedge Fund Up 4.2% In First Quarter

Apr 20 2011 | 2:01pm ET

Subprime mortgage loans took a hit last month, but one top hedge fund investing in them did not.

LibreMax Capital, the hedge fund founded last year by three former top Deutsche Bank traders, returned 0.6% last month, ahead of most industry indices. The $605 million fund rose 4.2% in the first quarter, Bloomberg News reports, behind the broader markets but well ahead of the average hedge fund.

March was the first month in 10 to see subprime-backed bonds lose ground.

LibreMax debuted with $375 million in assets at the end of November. The New York-based fund is helmed by Fred Brettschneider, Greg Lippman and Eugene Lu. Brettschneider was head of global markets at Deutsche Bank and Lippman was head of asset-backed securities trading. Xu was Lippman’s quantitative specialist at Deutsche Bank, earning himself a cameo in author Michael Lewis’s book, The Big Short.

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