Seeds of change: seeding of hedge funds

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An abundance of talented hedge fund start-ups and a lack of competing capital have created the most favourable conditions in years for seed investors.

Promising start-ups are emerging out of the proprietary trading desks of banks and from existing hedge funds, some of which ran into difficulties following the financial crisis.

Pierre-Henri Flamand of Goldman Sachs and Wang Bing of Deutsche Bank lead the list of high-profile bank traders that are expected to launch hedge funds in 2010.

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