Ex-Lehman Trader Launches Hedge Fund

Jun 20 2008 | 9:54am ET

A former Lehman Brothers trader’s new hedge fund is helping out his old firm.

Rick Rieder left Lehman last month to found R3 Capital Partners in New York. Lehman invested in the new debt strategies fund, and R3 returned the favor by taking some of Lehman’s positions off its hands (and balance sheet).

R3 has bought $5 billion in assets from Lehman, mostly corporate bonds and loans, but also distressed debt and aviation assets. The fund will focus on buying similar assets in the marketplace, according to Rieder, who ran Lehman’s global principal strategies group, focusing on credit arbitrage, aviation finance and private equity.

Among the $5 billion in assets Lehman offloaded on R3 were about $100 million of “Level 3” assets, the hardest to value.


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