Toscafund Stakes Claim To WaMu Recap

Mar 13 2008 | 8:49am ET

Amid speculation that Washington Mutual is nearing a recapitalization deal, one London hedge fund is moving in to ensure it gets a piece of the pie.

London-based Toscafund Asset Management has offered to be part of any consortium making a capital infusion into Washington Mutual, the largest savings-and-loan institution in the U.S., according to The Wall Street Journal.

Toscafund already owns a large stake in WaMu, which has been battered by the credit crisis, and reportedly fears that a recapitalization may dilute its stake in the firm.

The US$8 billion hedge fund group’s move is seen as a preemptive strike, staking the claim that existing investors should have the opportunity to participate in any recapitalization plan.


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