Private Investigators Benefit From Hedge Funds Dustups

Dec 1 2005 | 9:34pm ET

Investors in now-defunct hedge fund Bayou Group may have been burned by the scandal, but the recent spate of high-profile hedge fund dustups has been a boon for private investigation firms specializing in finance.

"Bayou put it back on everyone's mind," said Kevin Jones, president of, a firm that searches public records to provide background checks on hedge funds. "I have a lot of stable clients, but now I am getting more inquiries."

Jeffrey Brenner, a principal at Intelysis Corp., an international financial investigation firm, says another reason for the increase in demand for hedge fund investigations could be fear of culpability.

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