Billionaire Daniel Och Boosts Stake In China’s SouFun Holdings Ltd. (SFUN)

Daniel S. Och’s OZ Capital Management recently submitted a 13G filing revealing that the fund increased its holding in SouFun Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:SFUN) by 4.61 million American Depository Shares (ADSs) from its previously-revealed stake as of June 30. Hence, OZ Capital Management currently owns 14.90 million ADSs, which account for 5.09% of the company’s outstanding common stock. Each set of five ADSs are worth one share of the company’s common stock.

Och-Ziff Capital Management

OZ Capital Management Group is a top-tier hedge fund management firm established by Daniel Och and the Ziff family in 1994. The investment firm is among the largest institutional alternative asset managers in the world, overseeing $46.5 billion in assets under management as of August 1, 2015. OZ Capital Management employs an event-oriented approach to multi-strategy investing and invests in a wide range of strategies including: merger arbitrage, long/short equity special situations, convertible and derivative arbitrage, and corporate credit, to name just a few. As stated by its latest 13F filing with the SEC, OZ Capital Management oversees a public equity portfolio worth $34.49 billion as of June 30.

Daniel S. Och
Daniel S. Och
OZ Management

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SouFun Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:SFUN) operates a real estate internet portal in China. The company mainly offers marketing, e-commerce, listing, and other services for China’s real estate and other related sectors. The shares of SouFun are 21% in the red so far this year, partly owning to China’s economic slowdown. The recently-announced decision by the Chinese government to devalue its currency, which resulted in a sell-off in U.S-traded, China-based stocks, also put downward pressure on SouFun’s shares. In the meantime, Kerr Neilson’s Platinum Asset Management represents the largest shareholder in SouFun within our database, holding 12.51 million shares. At the same time, Rob Citrone’s Discovery Capital Management initiated an 8.32 million-share position in the company during the second quarter, making it one of the top equity holders of SouFun Holdings.