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FRM Unit Plans $300 Million Investments in Hedge Fund Managers

Bloomberg – FRM Capital Advisors Ltd., a unit of London-based asset manager Financial Risk Management Ltd., plans to make as much as $300 million of strategic investments in hedge funds this year, including its first in Asia.

FRM Capital may invest in six more managers in 2009, with two expected by June and its first Asian deal in the third quarter, Chief Operating Officer Patric de Gentile-Williams said. The London-based company makes strategic investments in hedge funds for two to four years in exchange for a share of their fee incomes for as long as 10 years.

Record losses and redemptions have cut hedge funds’ assets and fee revenue, making them more reliant on so-called seeders like FRM Capital. Some investment banks, insurers and private equity houses have exited the hedge fund seeding business amid the credit crisis, said de Gentile-Williams.

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