Cantab Gives Goldman A Stake

Jan 11 2013 | 1:18pm ET

Goldman Sachs has taken an ownership stake in a hedge fund founded by a former trader, six years after helping the firm get off the ground.

Cantab Capital Partners, led by former Goldman quantitative trader Ewan Kirk, last year restructured its licensing agreement with the bank. Cantab had paid Goldman a share of its profits for use of its technology since its launch in 2006, but Goldman has given up the payment in exchange for a minority stake in the firm, Cantab said.

The Cantab stake is held by the bank, and not by its Petershill private equity fund, which invests in hedge fund managers.

The new arrangement comes as Cantab sets up its own information technology system, Kirk told investors in a letter. "As part of this, the existing profit-share arrangement with Goldman Sachs has been amended and as from December 31, Goldman Sachs will become a partner," Kirk wrote.

It is unclear how large a stake Goldman now owns. The bank does not invest in Cantab's hedge funds and did not pay for the stake.

Cambridge, U.K.-based Cantab has posted two double-digit gains in a row, rising 15% last year and 13% in 2011. The firm in November closed to new investors at US$4.5 billion; it now manages approximately US$4.7 billion.

In Depth

Related-Company Fees: Normal Industry Practice or Conflicted Compensation?

Nov 11 2015 | 4:23pm ET

Regulatory agencies as well as investors are increasingly exploring whether certain...


Ferrari Roars in Wall Street Debut

Oct 21 2015 | 4:28pm ET

Shares of supercar maker Ferrari jumped as much as 15 percent to a high of nearly...

Guest Contributor

Private Debt - What is the Opportunity?

Nov 11 2015 | 3:28pm ET

In this contributed article, Rob Allard, founding partner of Firebreak Capital...


Editor's Note

    Oct 21 2015 | 10:41am ET

    One of the most unique charity benefits in the hedge fund industry, A Leg To Stand On's (ALTSO's) Hedge Fund Rocktoberfest - NYC, raised nearly $500,000 last Thursday thanks to the generous support of major sponsors and nearly 1,400 attendees from the Tri-State finance, business and hedge fund communities. Read more…