LONDON Oct 29 Tetragon Financial Group
has bought Polygon Management, once one of the world's biggest
hedge funds and a high-profile casualty of the financial crisis,
for $98.5 million, to expand its asset management business.
Tetragon said in a statement on Monday it will use 11.7
million of its non-voting shares to buy Polygon, founded in 2002
by Paddy Dear and Reade Griffith, as well as its stakes in LCM
Asset Management and GreenOak Real Estate. Dear and Griffith are
also directors of Tetragon.
Based on Friday's closing share price, the transaction is
valued at $98.5 million.
"This is a continuation of TFG's strategy to expand its
asset management platform and diversify and strengthen its
income streams," Griffith said in the statement.
London and New York-based Polygon once managed $8.5 billion
before its flagship fund lost almost half its value in 2008.
Last year the firm, which has since wound down that fund, hired
its first CEO to help lead a restructuring of its business.
According to Monday's statement, Polygon's hedge fund assets
have fallen to just $450 million, managed across three principal
strategies - European event driven equities, convertible and
credit securities and Mining stocks, for which it recently
launched a new fund.
Polygon also holds a 13 percent stake in real estate firm
GreenOak, which manages $1.9 billion, and LCM, a manager of $4.5
billion in loan assets.
Tetragon will repurchase up to $150 million of its
non-voting shares, the statement also said.