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Sound Point Capital Appoints Global Head of CLO Capital Markets and Structuring (Hedge Week)
Sound Point Capital Management, an alternative asset management firm with approximately USD21 billion of assets under management, has appointed Francis McCullough as Global Head of CLO Capital Markets and Structuring. McCullough joins Sound Point from Deutsche Bank, where he spent the past 16 years, most recently as Managing Director and Global Head of New Issue CLOs. While at Deutsche Bank, McCullough worked in both New York and London and was responsible for originating, structuring and syndicating collateralised loan obligations. He brings a wealth of experience in corporate debt securitisation and managing complex multi-party transactions.

Starboard Pressures EBay to Split Off Classifieds (Bloomberg)
Activist investor Starboard Value is ramping up pressure on EBay Inc. to separate its classifieds business and implement more aggressive operational targets, arguing the e-commerce company has not done enough to improve its performance. The New York-based hedge fund, which owns more than 1% of the company, wrote in a letter to the management and board that EBay hasn’t done enough in the nearly 12 months since agreeing to review its classifieds business along with ticket reselling business, StubHub, which was sold last year.

Ray Dalio Would Like More Control Over Media Reports About His Control Over Bridgewater (Deal Breaker)
For a decade, Ray Dalio has been publicly preparing for the motivational speaker and author stage of his life. As befits his much-ballyhooed approach to radical truth and transparency, a great deal of thought went into how this would be achieved, specifically how he’d loosen his reins on his hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, until it was operating independently of him, as the well-oiled and Principled machine he had built. Of course, someone would have to hold the position of CEO until the singularity comes and the robots can just take over. But finding that person or persons have proven, uh, challenging, to say the least. At least four contenders for the throne have appeared.

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Billionaire Hedge-Fund Founder Lee Ainslie is Worried His Generation is Going to be Remembered as ‘the Generation of Greed’ (Business Insider)
Billionaire hedge-fund founder Lee Ainslie said that he believes his generation will be considered the “generation of greed” by young people. The founder of Maverick Capital, speaking at an Economic Club of NY Event in Midtown Manhattan, said the impact his age group has had on national debt and the environment is undeniable. While he said he is OK with paying higher taxes, he told the audience that he is not sure the government is the best method for redistributing wealth.

As Gaming Pauses at Sony, Cameras Flash (The Wall Street Journal)
Japanese giant’s decision to hold on to its image-sensor unit, against the recommendation of U.S. activist investors Third Point, is turning out well. Sony’s gaming business is on pause. Luckily, it has other units to pick up the slack. On Tuesday, the Japanese electronics and entertainment giant reported a 20% drop in operating income on almost flat revenue for the quarter through December. Both numbers beat analysts’ estimates on S&P Global Market Intelligence.

A Hedge Fund With 29% Return Record Is Shorting Tesla Bonds (Bloomberg)
As equity investors who bet against Tesla Inc. lick their wounds, the bond market is a different story. A hedge fund in Denmark that delivered a 29% return last year has stocked up on credit-default swaps on the world’s second-biggest automaker, based on a bet that its bonds are just too expensive. “It’s mispriced,” Daniel Pedersen, the chief investment officer at Asgard Credit Fund, said by phone. “Tesla could be upgraded to BB- during 2020, but even in that scenario the credit spread is still too tight.”

First Eagle Investment Management Completes Acquisition of THL Credit (Hedge Week)
First Eagle Investment Management (First Eagle) has completed its previously announced acquisition of THL Credit Advisors (THL Credit). First Eagle Alternative Credit, as the combination of First Eagle’s existing private credit platform and THL Credit is now known, focuses on both tradable credit and middle-market direct lending, with approximately USD23 billion in assets under management and advisement on a pro forma basis as of 31 December, 2019. First Eagle Alternative Credit’s robust product suite is available to sophisticated investors through public and private vehicles, separately managed accounts and commingled funds, including collateralised loan obligations.

Hedge Funds Hold Their Nerve on China, Seek Opportunities (Reuters)
SHANGHAI/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hedge funds are holding their nerve on China’s ability to rebound quickly from a coronavirus outbreak that has rattled global markets, but many are also adding caveats as they try to predict the potential economic fallout. Mainland China stocks tumbled on Monday, when Shanghai and Shenzhen markets opened after an extended Lunar New Year break, wiping out nearly $700 billion in market capitalization.

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