New Firm Plans ‘Intelligent’ Hedge Fund

Feb 11 2009 | 2:42am ET

Morgan Dale Capital thinks it’s smarter than you are. That’s especially true if you happen to be a broker or analyst.

The nascent London hedge fund shop in readying a fund that will utilize a network of on-the-ground consultants and intelligence-gatherers in emerging markets to come up with its investment ideas, HedgeWeek reports. The Morgan Dale Network Intelligence Fund eschews the usual suspects, including brokers and analysts, believing its network will give it a jump on the conventional wisdom, and the chance to get out as everyone else gets in.

“The principal driver of a successful hedge fund is ideas,” firm founder Chris Morgan Jones, who also boasts the impressive title head of intelligence, told HedgeWeek. “The business network that we’ve set up vastly expands and streamlines the idea-generation process and allows us to identify opportunities independent of our peer group.”

Morgan Jones, a former head of Europe, the Middle East and Asia for Kroll, founded Morgan Dale with co-managing partner Ashley Dale, who serves as CEO and formerly was a partner at GLS Capital, and Alistair Candish, who serves as chief investment officer and formerly was a portfolio manager at Bluecrest Capital Management.

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