Bloomberg – Blackstone Group LP, the world’s biggest buyout company, canceled a plan to start a hedge fund that initially aimed to invest as much as $1 billion in Asian companies affected by events such as mergers and reorganizations.
Blackstone decided not to proceed with the Asian event- driven fund “after a review of the market environment and our strategic priorities globally,” New York-based Blackstone spokesman Peter Rose said in an e-mail. The fund was to be managed by Blackstone A.M.N. Advisors.
Most of about 17 A.M.N. team members, including Chief Investment Officer Aaron Nieman, left after the March decision, said four people familiar with the matter, declining to be identified because the information isn’t public. The rest have been transferred to other Blackstone departments, they said. Rose declined to comment on specific personnel.