Traders head for hedge funds

Times Online- They may be partly responsible for the mess the banks are in but bankers are not sticking around for the clean-up. Many top bankers have lost confidence in their institutions and are quietly heading for the exit. The smart ones, it seems, are going to hedge funds.

GLG, Europe’s largest hedge fund, recently poached Goldman Sachs partner and top trader Driss Ben-Brahim. The bank was “not amused” by Ben-Brahim’s defection, according to one source.

Karim Abdel-Motaal and Bart Turtelboom, the global co-heads of emerging markets at Morgan Stanley, were also snapped up by GLG.

Last week, Fauchier Partners, a fund of hedge funds, announced the appointment of Jamie Kermisch. Also from Morgan Stanley, he has been in investment banking for 19 years. This follows high-level recruitment by Citadel, Tudor Investment and CQS, which has already drafted in some 45 people this year.

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