CFO.com – Even hedge funds are not immune to the credit crunch. A small hedge fund that provided short-term debt to companies has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Greenwich, Connecticut-based SageCrest Finance, managed by Windmill Management, said in its Chapter 11 petition filed in U.S. bankruptcy court that it had listed assets of $50 million to $100 million, and debt between $1 million and $10 million, reported Reuters. The fund had about $1 billion in assets under management as recently as a year ago, according to hedgefund.net.
In fact, the website points out that the credit crunch put the squeeze on SageCrest’s business strategy — which is providing asset-backed specialty financing to smaller private companies that have been closed out of traditional sources of capital. Many of its projects involved extending art-, real estate-, and structured settlement-based loans.