Giant hedge fund firm plans to spin off Raptor business

MarketWatch – James Pallotta, vice chairman and managing director of U.S. public equities at Tudor Investment Corp., is leaving the giant hedge fund firm and plans to launch the Raptor Global Funds unit he runs as a separate business, according to a letter Tudor sent to investors this week.

Pallotta will spin off Raptor at the end of 2008 and set up a new, independent firm that will initially focus on public equity investments, Tudor explained. Over time, Raptor will branch out into private investments too, the firm added in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by MarketWatch.
"Tudor will support Jim in the creation of his new firm and anticipates that it will invest capital in new funds Jim launches," Paul Tudor Jones II, chairman of Tudor, wrote in the letter. "We expect there will be many opportunities for collaboration on investments in future years."
A spokesman for Tudor said the firm declined to comment.
Pallotta will continue to manage the Raptor Global and Altar Rock Funds as well as a portion of Tudor’s main BVI Global Fund. On Jan. 1, 2009, the management of the Raptor Global Funds will transition to the new firm.

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