Hedge Tracker – Toscafund, the activist hedge fund run by Martin Hughes, has sold half of its stake in Aberdeen Asset Management to Japanese bank Mitsubishi. According to an article from the Telegraph, Toscafund’s assets have fallen in half since 2008 and the fund has reportedly begun selling down stakes to meet investor redemption requests.
Aberdeen had become the hedge fund’s largest investment since the initial purchase in March of 2008; in April of 2009 Toscafund revealed that it had trimmed its shares in the firm, and this latest decision to halve its stake in Aberdeen has prompted speculation about renewed pressure from the fund’s investors. Martin Hughes had cited Aberdeen’s potential as a reason for investors to keep their money with Toscafund earlier this year. Following the deal, Mitsubishi became the second-largest shareholder in Aberdeen.