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Hedge Fund Group Nabs Barclays Analyst, Looks To Launch New Fund

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Pequot Capital Management, a $6 billion hedge fund group based in Westport, Conn., has hired Kevin Roach, who was a senior utilities analyst at Barclays Capital, and is preparing to launch a new Credit Opportunities Fund, according to a person with knowledge of the firm's plans. The fund was set to launch in April, but was pushed back a month, according to this person. Roach referred calls to Aryeh Davis, a partner at the firm, who did not respond by press time. No further information about the funds' future hiring or investment strategy could be determined and a call to Art Samberg, chairman and ceo of Pequot, was also not returned.

Roach also spent time at Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley, during a sell-side career that one analyst estimated spanned roughly 20 years. A former colleague of Roach's from Morgan Stanley, corporate bond strategist Steve Zamsky, joined Pequot earlier this year (BW, 1/15).

Mark Pibl, U.S. head of corporate bond research at Barclays, says the firm is still determining whether to replace Roach internally or by making a new hire.

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