FrontPoint Founder Flounders At New Firm

May 4 2012 | 11:39am ET

FrontPoint Partners founder Philip Duff’s second effort to start a new hedge fund business is going about as badly as did the first.

Duff’s Massif Partners has cut more than half of its staff as it struggles to raise money from institutional investors, Bloomberg News reports. The Greenwich-based firm currently employs just 15 people, down from 35 in March.

Indeed, the struggles have led Duff to abandon the whole idea of a hedge fund business, per se. While he once saw Massif as a one-stop shop for institutional investors, offering advisory, risk management and investment services, Duff has now abandoned plans to launch or even raise money for hedge funds, instead focusing on lower-cost funds.

Duff is currently focused on marketing its money-management services to about 50 institutional investors, including pension funds, insurance companies, endowments and foundations.

Massif’s seed capital ran out in February; Duff has been covering the firm’s payroll since then. Among those no longer on it are Jim Creighton and his team of five. Creigton told Bloomberg that his Creighton Capital Management “is no longer affiliated with Massif.”


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...

 

FINalternatives Trending

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…