Citi Pulls Plug on Hedge Fund CEO Founded

Lackluster returns and management defections seal fate of Vikram's Old Lane
By Jim O'Neill,  Newser User
Posted Jun 12, 2008 9:47 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Citigroup will close Old Lane Partners, a hedge fund co-founded by CEO Vikram Pandit, after months of lackluster returns and the loss of its top managers, the Wall Street Journal reports. The investment bank bought the fund’s management group for $800 million less than a year ago; Citi will buy its remaining assets and take a writedown in the second quarter.

Citi’s own tight resources—it has reported losses of some $15 billion over the past two quarters—helped speed the end of the fund after the bank decided not to pump in $1 billion more. Pandit founded Old Lane in 2006 after leaving Morgan Stanley; he made $165 million when Citi bought it in July 2007, though $100 million remains frozen for 3 more years.