Hedge funds plan to sue FSA over short-selling ban

Daily Telegraph – Lawyers are being galvanised on behalf of a raft of hedge funds which claim the financial watchdog has illegitimately extended its powers and caused "wide-spread capital destruction."

One said: "The FSA’s remit is to maintain orderly markets – the markets were working fine, only the banks were going bust. With one swoop, the regulators have wiped out perfectly legitimate businesses and have cost some funds millions. They have gone for the big political hit without a thought for the damage they are wreaking. There may be unintended consequences but it’s outrageous and illegal."

The backlash follows a week in which the multi-billion pound hedge fund industry has been plunged into crisis. Prime brokers in London estimated that 35 per cent of European hedge funds were organising emergency measures to avoid closing funds as a ban on short-selling has hamstrung managers at a time when they need flexibility to survive.

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