Hedge Fund Highlights: Philip Falcone, Ralph Whitworth & GLG Partners

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LightSquared, Ergen Reach Deal on Bankruptcy Plan (Wall Street Journal)
Philip Falcone‘s LightSquared Inc. reached a deal on a restructuring plan that has the support of DISH Network Corp (NASDAQ:DISH) Chairman Charlie Ergen, its top secured lender. In a court hearing Monday, a lawyer for a special committee of LightSquared’s board said the new plan would give Mr. Ergen a $1 billion allowed claim in the bankruptcy case, and calls for him to invest $300 million in new money into the wireless venture. The deal is a “stunning reversal to us,” said David Friedman, a lawyer for Mr. Falcone and his Harbinger Capital Partners hedge-fund company. Mr. Falcone and Harbinger had been adamant that they wanted Mr. Ergen out of LightSquared’s capital structure. LightSquared, for the most part, had agreed.

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HP interim Chairman Ralph Whitworth resigns to focus on health (Reuters)
Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) said interim Chairman Ralph Whitworth resigned from its board of directors, effective Wednesday, to focus on his health. Whitworth, who runs activist hedge fund Relational Investors LLC, joined HP’s board in 2011. He was appointed HP’s interim chairman in April last year. It was not immediately clear what illness Whitworth, 58, was suffering from. Relational Investors said co-founder Whitworth was taking a leave of absence from the hedge fund and it wished “his family all the best at this difficult time.”

Maverick Capital’s Wyly Not Guilty Of Insider Trading (FINalternatives)
Maverick Capital and Ranger Capital founder Sam Wyly may be guilty of improperly hiding stock trades—but he’s not an insider-trader, a judge ruled Friday. U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin found that Wyly and his late brother, Charles, did not engage in insider-trading with a $40 million offshore swaps deal in 1999. The ruling comes two months after a jury found the Wylys liable for fraud in a case brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

GLG Hires Edwards From Stratton Street for Japan Equities (Bloomberg)
Man Group Plc (EMG)’s GLG Partners hired Adrian Edwards as a portfolio manager in its Japanese equities team from Stratton Street Capital LLP. Edwards will help manage GLG’s 1.29 billion-pound ($2.21 billion) Japan CoreAlpha fund, domiciled in the U.K., and its Dublin-based Japan CoreAlpha Equity (GLAAXGA) fund, with $4.35 billion in assets under management, the firm said in a statement today.

Ex-BlueCrest risk chief recruits to hedge fund (Financial News)
Markham Rae, the hedge fund manager set up in 2010 by former BlueCrest Capital Management risk chief Jonathan Martin, has recruited two former BlueCrest staff as partners. Luigi La Ferla, who spent 15 years at Morgan Grenfell and its subsequent parent Deutsche Bank during the 1980s and 1990s, joined Knightsbridge-based Markham Rae as a partner at the end of last month, according to the Financial Services Register. La Ferla was most recently a partner at World Trade Capital Partners, a venture set up in September 2012 to encourage broader investment in traditional bank businesses such as trade finance. Its regulatory authorisation with the Financial Conduct Authority ceased in February this year.

How piggybacking Peltz has paid off (CNBC.com)

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