Hedge Fund News: Nelson Peltz, David Einhorn, Vodafone Group Plc (ADR) (VOD)

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Editor’s Note: Related tickers: Vodafone Group Plc (ADR) (NASDAQ:VOD), Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE:GS), Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (NASDAQ:GMCR)

Trian Partners’ Assets Top $7 Billion (InstitutionalInvestorsAlpha)
Trian Partners continues to expand wildly. The New York activist hedge fund firm founded by Nelson Peltz, Peter May and Ed Garden now has slightly more than $7 billion in assets under management, according to an investor letter dated September 4. That is a whopping 11 percent increase from the $6.3 billion the firm had as of July 1, as reported in a client letter that month. Part of the growth appears to come from performance. Trian’s core hedge funds — the offshore and domestic versions of Trian Partners — were each roughly flat last month…

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Vodafone’s $10.2 Billion Cable Bid Wins Shareholder Support (Bloomberg)
Vodafone Group Plc (ADR) (NASDAQ:VOD)’s 7.7 billion-euro ($10.2 billion) bid for Kabel Deutschland Holding AG (KD8) cleared a major hurdle by winning the backing of at least 75 percent of the German company’s shareholders. The minimum threshold for the takeover to go through was met by the Sept. 11 deadline, Newbury, England-based Vodafone Group Plc (ADR) (NASDAQ:VOD) said yesterday, without giving detailed results of the tender. Kabel Deutschland investors who haven’t given up their stock will get a second chance, from Sept. 17 to Sept. 30. …The hedge fund wanted to take advantage of a German law that often requires a buyer that gets at least 75 percent of a target’s shares to offer more money to hold-outs, a person familiar with the matter has said, asking not to be identified discussing private deliberations.

How To Invest Like David Einhorn (Nasdaq)
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Try telling that to a company that has just been “Einhorned.” Hedge fund billionaire David Einhorn has the ability to crater a company’s share price with the mere mention of its name in one of his closely followed investment presentations. That ability has turned his name into a verb, spawning the expression that a company is being “Einhorned” when targeted by short sellers. Einhorn’s forensic approach to research has enabled him to sniff out some of the most publicized and successful shorts in the past 10 years. That includes one of the earliest calls and moves on Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy and a short on Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (NASDAQ:GMCR) that netted his firm hundreds of millions.

Hedge-Fund Manager 36 South Doubles Bets on Securities Swings (Bloomberg)
36 South Capital Advisors LLP, whose Black Swan Fund returned 204 percent in 2008, has doubled bets this year on greater fluctuations in markets including currencies, commodities and equities. The manager overseeing $626 million has increased volatility investments to 90 percent of assets from 50 percent at the beginning of the year, Chief Executive Officer and Head of Investments Jerry Haworth of the London-based company said in a telephone interview yesterday.

Hedge fund assets grow 1.7% in Q2, hit new high — report (PIOnline)
Hedge fund industry assets rose 1.7% to a new industry high — $2.415 trillion — in the quarter ended June 30, according to just-released data from industry tracker Hedge Fund Research. For the six months ended June 30, aggregate hedge fund industry assets rose 7.2%, HFR reported. Aggregate hedge funds-of-funds assets suffered a slight decline of 0.5% to $648 billion in the three months ended June 30, but were up 1.5% since year-end 2012.

Hedge fund launches steady as US eases marketing restrictions (CPIFinancial)
A total of 288 new hedge funds launched in 2Q13, a slight decline from the 297 funds launched in 1Q13 but representing a year over year increase from the 245 funds launched in 2Q12, according to the latest HFR Market Microstructure Industry Report, released today by HFR. “Total hedge fund launches in the trailing 4 quarters ending 2Q totaled 1144, the highest total since nearly 1200 funds launched in the trailing 4 quarters ending 1Q08,” it said…

Global hedge fund AUM declines by over USD6 billion in August… US dollar rallies in Asia on hedge fund buys… (HedgeWeek)
Global hedge fund AUM declined by more than USD6 billion in August after Hedge funds witnessed slightly negative returns in August amid increased risk aversion in global markets during the month. The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was down 0.32 per cent during the month, outperforming global stock indices as the MSCI World Index declined by 2.26 per cent in August. Risk aversion returned to global markets in August driven by a host of factors…

Hedge fund manager Kennedy: The banking sector is very interesting (YouTube)

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