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SW1 Capital eyes control of hedge fund platform

Reuters – Investment firm SW1 Capital said on Friday it has bought into hedge fund platform PCE Investors and plans to build a controlling stake, cutting private equity firm Ubequity Capital Partners’ own holding.

PCE runs $1.6 billion (1.1 billion pounds) in assets and by next month will have 21 funds, run by 15 teams, in its stable. SW1 is hoping to exploit greater demand for robust and transparent hedge fund operations, thrown into the spotlight by the financial crisis and Madoff scandal.

The deal initially sees two-thirds owner Ubequity temporarily increase its holding as it and SW1 buy out minority shareholder Schneider Trading Associates.

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