Hedge Fund Peers Come to Merkin’s Defense

TheStreet.com – Two contemporaries rushed to the defense of hedge fund manager Ezra Merkin, who is reportedly being investigated by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo after his investors lost billions of dollars linked to disgraced money manager Bernard Madoff.

William Ackman, who manages Pershing Square Capital, and Michael Steinhardt of Steinhardt, Fine, Berkowitz & Co. both called Merkin, a partner at hedge funds Cerberus Capital, Gabriel Capital and Ascott Partners, an "honest" man at a panel discussion of Madoff Thursday night at the Yivo Institute for Jewish Research.

"I’ve known him for 15 years," Ackman said. "I think he’s an honest person, an intelligent person, an interesting person, a smart investor. People don’t want to hear that because if you invested with Ascot you lost all your money."

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