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First Opportunity Fund Announces Redemption of Hedge Fund Positions

downloadNew York (HedgeCo.Net) – First Opportunity Fund, Inc. announced today that it had given its notice of redemption with respect to its remaining hedge fund investments.

In July of this year, the Fund was notified of proposed structural changes to both of its remaining hedge fund investments. The Fund’s investment advisers reviewed the proposed changes and determined that the hedge funds would no longer satisfy the advisers’ original investment thesis. Consequently, the advisers gave notice to the hedge fund manager of their decision to redeem the Fund’s hedge fund investments. Such redemptions will occur on September 30, 2014. The initial redemption proceeds are expected to be received on or about October 1, 2014.

As the Fund has invested significantly in these hedge funds – representing approximately 33% of the Fund’s assets – the advisers are actively analyzing alternative opportunities to reinvest the redemption proceeds, including into other hedge funds. Any future hedge fund investments will be subject to the outcome of the Fund’s special meeting of stockholders to be held on October 16, 2014. At the special meeting, stockholders will be asked to approve a reorganization whereby the Fund will be reorganized with three affiliated funds into a single surviving fund to be listed on the NYSE. As the NYSE has an informal policy against listed funds holding hedge fund investments, if the reorganization is approved by stockholders, the surviving fund does not intend to invest in hedge funds going forward.

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