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UPDATE 2-Thomas H. Lee mulls shrinking 2 funds

Reuters – Private equity investor Thomas H. Lee may shrink or shut down two funds that had $1.5 billion in assets after suffering losses of about 40 percent this year, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the situation.

Hard-hit hedge funds run by Lee farmed out investor money to about 110 other funds, including SAC Capital Advisors and D.E. Shaw Group, according to the paper.

While Lee designed the so-called funds-of-funds to have low volatility with steady, consistent returns, he borrowed heavily to multiply the size of his bets, piling up debt of as much as $3.2 billion, the sources told the paper.

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