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Hedge Fund and Insider Trading News: Nelson Peltz, Kyle Bass, Ionic Capital Management, PCB Bancorp (PCB), Quidel Corporation (QDEL), and More

Nelson Peltz Says He’s Bullish on a Vaccine, Putting New Money to Work and Voting for Trump (CNBC)
Trian Partners Chief Executive and billionaire investor Nelson Peltz told CNBC on Thursday that he’s deployed the fund’s capital in new investments amid the broader market sell-off and is optimistic that a Covid-19 vaccine will be developed before long. “I’m positive. I think that vaccine is going to come sooner than later,” he said. “This thing is no going to last forever. There’s still loads of value in the market because the market is primarily a tech market.”

US Hedge Funds Ready UCITS Fund Launches (Investmentweek.co.uk)
US investment firms Ionic Capital Management and R. G. Niederhoffer Capital Management will each launch a UCITS fund in June, in partnership with Kepler Liquid Strategies, Investment Week understands. The Ionic Relative Value Arbitrage strategy, which was launched in 2013, identifies and exploits relative value arbitrage opportunities across four main asset classes – convertible bonds, equities, credit/rates and volatility. The Ionic strategy is currently the largest position held in the JPMorgan Multi-Manager Alternatives fund.

A Hedge Fund Billionaire, Stamford Developers and a Chinese Bank Got Together. They Delivered Millions of Dollars Worth of PPE to Connecticut in the Middle of the Coronavirus Pandemic (Courant.com)
The path that led to nearly $15 million in personal protective equipment arriving at a New Britain warehouse this week started with Ray Dalio, the Connecticut billionaire founder of Bridgewater Associates, and led to the Chinese bank he works closely with, an ambassador and a couple of developers known as the “kings of the south end” in Stamford. “It was a little tricky,” Gov. Ned Lamont said as he stood in the state’s warehouse in New Britain earlier this week with boxes of masks and surgical gowns — the liquid gold of the PPE market right now — stacked behind him.

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Month in Review – April 2020 (Hedge Nordic)
Stockholm (HedgeNordic) – Nordic hedge funds rebounded from their worst month on record to notch their best month since the inception of the Nordic Hedge Index in 2005. Despite gaining 3.7 percent on average last month (91 percent reported), Nordic hedge funds are still in the red year-to-date, reflecting the market turmoil triggered by the coronavirus pandemic in the first quarter. Nordic hedge funds were down 3.6 percent in the first four months of 2020.

HC2 Holdings Reaches Settlement with Activist MG Capital for Board Seats (Reuters)
BOSTON (Reuters) – HC2 Holdings Inc (HCHC.N) said on Thursday that it reached a settlement with activist investor MG Capital to bring four newcomers onto the board of the company being run by former hedge fund manager Philip Falcone. The settlement brings to an end a proxy contest between a first-time activist Michael Gorzynski, who runs MG Capital, and Falcone, who cemented his fame with bets against the housing market during the last financial crisis.

Cheyne Capital Gains Traction with Credit Dislocation Focus, as Long/Short Hedge Fund Maintains Momentum (Hedge Week)
Cheyne Capital, the London-based credit and multi-strategy alternative investment manager, has continued to attract investor allocations during this year’s turbulence with its focus on market dislocations, as its thematic long/short equity hedge fund notched up successive gains in March and April. “We’re known for stepping early into dislocations, such as real estate debt in 2009, social property in 2014, and sub-investment grade credit ahead of IFRS 9 in 2018, so we took in approximately USD500 million of investor allocations across our strategies during March and April,” said Stuart Fiertz, co-founder and president of Cheyne. The firm’s Thematic Long/Short Equity Fund was a “notable outlier in March,” Fiertz said, advancing 5.3 per cent while other hedge fund strategies stumbled as growing Covid-19 fears hit markets globally.

CQS Spins Off Equity Hedge-Fund Arm as Hintze Goes Back to Roots (Bloomberg)
Billionaire Michael Hintze’s CQS is spinning off its nascent equities hedge-fund business into a stand-alone firm as it focuses on core credit strategies that have been hammered by the pandemic. Paul Graham, the firm’s head of equities, will leave CQS to lead the spinoff as chief executive officer, according to people with knowledge of the matter. CQS will take an equity stake in the business and allocate some capital to it, said the people, asking not to be identified because the information is private.

Hedge-Fund Manager Kyle Bass Says US Heading to Economic Depression, Even Worse for China (ForexLive.com)
Bass says that “For the year I think you’re going to see U.S. GDP down somewhere between 7% to 10% in real terms”. Citing of course the COVID-19 pandemic and the government’s efforts to contain it. “10% is an economic depression” (Bass comparing the drop with the more than 10% drop in 1946 & the -12.9% in 1932 Great Depression). China could be even more severe. shortage of U.S. dollars in the Chinese economy. Chinese Communist Party political crisis in Hong Kong (HK is a key conduit of foreign capital).

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