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Derivatives

Equity Fund Of The Year

Tisbury Capital Management

Tisbury ceo Gerard Griffin runs the lauded event-driven portfolio of this London-based hedge fund. Despite recent internal strife at the USD2.7 billion firm, dealers are impressed with Tisbury's advanced use of derivatives and understanding of exotic equity trading. One dealer said, "They are very specialized in the deal space. They have been the most advanced in deploying the use of derivatives around deal events and scenarios."

 

BlueMountain Capital Management

This New York-based firm, with more than USD4 billion under management, although focused on credit launched the Equity Alternatives fund last April. The fund is managed by ceo Andrew Feldstein along with portfolio managers Jon Loflin and Alan Gerstein. It is known as a sophisticated vol player with a good reputation on the Street. "We have a very high opinion of them...In a short amount of time, they have made a mark," said one dealer. Another added: "They look at volatility in the context of capital structure...They are very clever dispersion players."

 

Eton Park Capital Management

Eric Mindich has made his mark with Eton Park, a hedge fund with more than USD6 billion under management that he started in 2004. "They are relatively new still, but pretty active...They have been doing a lot of clever volatility trading," one dealer said. In July, Eton Park raised more than USD500 million for its new Eton Park Emerging Markets fund.

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