How to ruin your relationship with investors

Mon Mar 3, 2008



By Sarah Wood

One of the most important pillars supporting the hedge fund industry in the United States is that, by making their allocations, hedge fund investors sign on to funds as partners. Why else would they agree to pay such huge fees? Or accept minimal transparency or long lockups?

To be sure, the foremost requirement of any hedge fund investor is performance. But the assumption has always been that the limited partnership arrangement assured, at least in practice, that managers would have an incentive to avoid blowing up their funds – and would provide explanations when things went sideways.

This does not seem to have been the case with Ritchie Capital Management. In fact, Ritchie’s relationship with some investors has become adversarial, and the firm has become a something of an instructive example in how to agitate your investors.

The saga of Ritchie and its...

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