Where do the 2009 start-ups stand?

Wed Jul 21, 2010


With many of last year's start-ups having had almost 12 months to prove their investment and operational mettle, AsiaHedge takes stock of their success quotient


Given the carnage in the financial markets the year before, 2009 did not start out as a promising year for start-ups, but by year-end, a whole slew of funds had been successfully launched. Several of these were of very high quality, being started by managers with significant experience and track record. With most of these start-ups now having a six to 12-month track record, it is an interesting time to study the landscape and see how they are faring.


Nick Taylor


Some were the fruit of plans that had been shelved in the wake of the Lehman Brothers debacle. Others were started by managers orphaned by the departure of international hedge funds including Polygon, Citadel and Fortress, as they retreated from Asia.

Whether they were launched by star prop traders, bankers and spin-out managers from established hedge funds, many funds in this cohort of start-ups displayed all the right characteristics...

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