Citi Special Situations Team To Found Distressed Debt Hedge Fund

FINalternatives- Another pair of Citigroup fixed-income executives is to set up its own hedge fund shop.

Jeff Jacob and John Humphrey, who run the global special situations group they established at Citi four years ago, will leave the firm in about two months. Citi is splitting up their proprietary-trading desk, which focuses on distressed corporate bonds and loans, and restructuring the group to focus on customer trading. The move is just one of a variety of risk-cutting moves by Citi, which has taken some $43 billion in writedowns and losses resulting from the credit crisis.

Jacob and Humphrey, who came to Citi in 2004 from Merrill Lynch, will launch their distressed-debt hedge fund early next year. The fund will be seeded by Citi, although the terms of that investment are still being negotiated, though all of its current assets will remain with Citi.

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