Blackstone trims its Asia-focused fund

Reuters – Blackstone Group LP has cut the size of its planned Asia-focused hedge fund because the global financial crisis has led to redemptions, the Wall Street Journal said citing people familiar with the situation.

Blackstone, which manages private equity, real estate and hedge funds, would cut the fund size to about $200 million from a range of $500 million to $1 billion, the paper said.

New York-based Blackstone, about one-10th owned by China’s sovereign wealth fund, has scaled back its plans for the fund at a time when hedge funds around the world are facing redemption pressure, with some forced to shut down, the Journal said.

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