Hedge funds could help finance growth

Reuters – Hedge fund managers could play a key role in jump starting the ailing U.S. economy if Washington offers them appropriate tax breaks, a prominent hedge fund industry lawyer said on Tuesday.

Sitting on billions of dollars in cash, dozens of hedge funds are looking for investments at the same time cash- strapped small and mid-sized companies search for new money to help them stay in business.

Together these unlikely partners could find a way to escape a debilitating liquidity crisis that threatens to push the country further into its deepest financial crisis since the Great Depression, Perrie Weiner, a partner at law firm DLA Piper told Reuters in an interview.

"There is a way out, but the answer lies not with the current government rescue plan, but rather with hedge funds," Weiner, who advises dozens of hedge funds as international co-chair of DLA Piper’s Securities Litigation group said one day before speaking about the topic at an industry conference.

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