Duff Puts Plans on Hold as Hedge Funds Suffer

New York Times Blogs – Duff Capital Advisors has recently laid off dozens of its employees and is holding off on its plans to raise as much as $1.5 billion just eight months after the hedge fund firm began business, according to people briefed on the actions.

The Greenwich, Conn.-based firm was started in March by Philip N. Duff, a former chief financial officer of Morgan Stanley, with $500 million of capital from the New York private equity firm Lindsay Goldberg. At the time, Duff Capital said then that it was in discussions with several financial institutions to provide seed money for its investment strategies, beginning in the past spring.

While the firm is still in discussions with clients and some potential investors, it has failed to find any new capital so far.

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