Co-Op Bank To Become Hedge Fund Bank? (ManagementToday) When is a co-operative not a co-operative? When it’s majority owned by a group of US hedge funds. That’s the fate that’s befallen the Co-operative Bank, the struggling lender which over the summer admitted it had a £1.5bn hole in its balance sheet. To plug the gap, the bank suggested a ‘bail-in’, where junior bondholders would swap their debt for equity (thereby taking most of the hit), reducing its debt repayments and allowing it to shore up its capital that way. Admittedly, under the plans it would have floated on the stock market – but the Co-operative Group would still have been the majority shareholder. SAC’s Settlement Signals the End of the Wild West on Wall Street (Time) Over the past twenty years, Steve Cohen built his hedge fund SAC Capital into one of the largest and most successful operations on Wall Street, making himself into a billionaire nine times over. But Cohen’s long and illustrious career may be coming to an end, as reports say that the Justice Department and SAC Capital will soon agree to terms on a settlement that will ultimately cost the firm nearly $1.2 billion and bar Cohen from ever managing other people’s money again. This is the culmination of a years-long effort by federal officials to bring down a shop they allege fostered an environment where insider trading was implicitly encouraged. SEC brings fraud charges against collateral manager of CDO (HedgeWeek) The Securities and Exchange Commission has brought charges against a New Jersey-based investment advisory firm and its owner for misleading investors in a collateralised debt obligation (CDO). The SEC’s enforcement division alleges that Harding Advisory LLC and Wing F. Chau compromised their independent judgment as collateral manager to a CDO named Octans I CDO Ltd. in order to accommodate trades requested by a third-party hedge fund firm whose interests were not necessarily aligned with the debt investors. GLG to start hedge fund based on Europe, to hire traders / analysts (HereIsTheCity) Bloomberg reports that the fund started trading this month and is overseen by Pierre Lagrange, Simon Savage and Darren Hodges, who manage the firm’s $3bn European Long-Short Fund, said the people, who asked not to be identified because it hasn’t been announced publicly. GLG plans to hire traders and analysts with experience investing in U.S. and Asian companies to work on the fund, said one of the people. Man Group has been unveiling new hedge funds in an effort to boost assets after clients pulled more than $10bn from its biggest one, AHL Diversified, since the end of 2010. Hedgies bounce back with best returns of 2013 (Portfolio-Adviser) Hedgies have posted some of their best returns for 2013 though out of favour commodity strategies are continuing to come under pressure. After delivering lacklustre returns during August, hedge fund managers returned to form during September to record some of their best results for the year so far. Along with a strong July, figures for September have helped push the hedge fund benchmark to 7.17%, according to alternatives research house Preqin.