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Six exit hedge fund firm NewSmith in cost cuts

Reuters UK  – NewSmith Capital Partners, one of the hedge fund firms to appear before a parliamentary committee investigating the UK banking crisis in January, has lost six staff as it cuts costs in a tough period for the industry.

According to a regulatory filing obtained by Reuters on Tuesday, Edward Johnson, an analyst on the firm’s resources and energy fund, and Ben Squire, an analyst on the credit fund, are no longer members of the firm.

The firm, which employs around 70 people, has also parted company with Sadiq Currimbhoy, a strategist on the firm’s Global Opportunities fund. A spokesman said investors had taken up an option to withdraw their assets from the liquid part of the fund and keep the remaining part of the portfolio as a private equity vehicle.

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