Brand-name alums line up to launch TMT funds


New launches of technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) funds have proven popular of late, and now two new offerings, from veterans of SAC Capital Advisors and Standard Pacific Capital, are coming to market.

Veterans of SAC Capital Advisors, Chris Zepf and Brian Thonn, founded Kingdom Ridge Capital in October and plan to launch a technology long/short fund in March 2008. Zepf will manage the book, while Thonn will be the firm’s director of research.

Zepf and Thonn both left SAC in September, after around five years each at the firm, to found Kingdom Ridge. Zepf managed a technology portfolio at