INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT: How the DNA of Mercury lives on across the hedge fund world
Mon Apr 16, 2012
DATA INCLUDES: Diagram of Mercury diaspora, Hedge funds of the Mercury diaspora, BlackRock current list of hedge funds
Barry Cohen, special reports editor, HedgeFund
Investment management can be a capricious business. Firms
regularly emerge, some occasionally merge and others might even
disappear, erasing the memory of once venerable institutions.
However, Mercury Asset Management – which grew
initially out of the SG Warburg banking group in London
– and the particular culture that it nurtured achieved
a legendary status in its time and its legacy lives on within
the hedge fund industry.
Despite the firm’s cultural dilution after its
takeover by Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and the
subsequent merger of Merrill with BlackRock, a good deal of the
Mercury DNA has stubbornly survived throughout these various
An impressive roster of Mercury alumni have made a
significant contribution to the rapid growth of the European
hedge fund industry since the early wave of manager departures
following the Merrill acquisition in 1997. Peter Davies and
ISSN: 2151-1845 / CDC10004H
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