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If Refco’s creditors get their way, hedge fund investors will face yet another risk.

Imagine the unimaginable–Fidelity Investments goes bankrupt. Fidelity’s creditors try to get what they’re owed–from the $1.2 trillion in client assets managed by the company. Sound crazy? It is, but it’s close to what Refco’s creditors are trying to do to investors in a hedge fund that kept accounts with the failed commodities trading firm.

Starting in 2004 brokers from firms like A.G. Edwards and Merrill Lynch sold clients shares of the S&P Managed Futures Index Fund, run by a company called PlusFunds. Refco was the clearing broker. Unlike most hedge funds, this one kept its barriers low. A net worth of $45,000 and the same in annual income was enough to qualify a customer.

The fund, which tracks the S&P Managed Futures Index and is meant to provide a hedge against the stock market, managed at least $312 million from some 1,000 investors when Refco collapsed. The fund were deposited with Refco, which placed the money in offshore accounts, where they aren’t subject to limits on margin debt that apply to domestic accounts

A lawsuit filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York by Refco’s unsecured creditors contends that when the fraud that led to Refco’s bankruptcy became clear in October, PlusFunds Chairman Christopher Sugrue stormed Refco’s offices and had $312 million transferred to new accounts at Lehman Brothers.

The creditors, including Wells Fargo and Cargill, say that this money should have stayed within Refco and that Sugrue and PlusFunds should get in line. The suit implies that Sugrue, a former Refco employee, used his influence at Refco to slide in front of other creditors. Luc A. Despins, the Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy attorney who filed the suit, declined comment.

But it’s not PlusFunds’ money–the $312 million comes from the investors in the S&P Managed Futures Index Fund. The creditors’ claims on those assets have prevented investors from getting their money back.

Marc Lowlicht, a certified financial planner with Further Lane Asset Management in Manhattan, has half a dozen clients in the fund. He complains: “If I wanted them to be creditors, I would have sold them bonds.”


October 06, 2014

2/13/2014 @ 12:00AM

Unwilling Lenders

 

If Refco’s creditors get their way, hedge fund investors will face yet another risk.

Imagine the unimaginable–Fidelity Investments goes bankrupt. Fidelity’s creditors try to get what they’re owed–from the $1.2 trillion in client assets managed by the company. Sound crazy? It is, but it’s close to what Refco’s creditors are trying to do to investors in a hedge fund that kept accounts with the failed commodities trading firm.

Starting in 2004 brokers from firms like A.G. Edwards and Merrill Lynch sold clients shares of the S&P Managed Futures Index Fund, run by a company called PlusFunds. Refco was the clearing broker. Unlike most hedge funds, this one kept its barriers low. A net worth of $45,000 and the same in annual income was enough to qualify a customer.

The fund, which tracks the S&P Managed Futures Index and is meant to provide a hedge against the stock market, managed at least $312 million from some 1,000 investors when Refco collapsed. The fund were deposited with Refco, which placed the money in offshore accounts, where they aren’t subject to limits on margin debt that apply to domestic accounts

A lawsuit filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York by Refco’s unsecured creditors contends that when the fraud that led to Refco’s bankruptcy became clear in October, PlusFunds Chairman Christopher Sugrue stormed Refco’s offices and had $312 million transferred to new accounts at Lehman Brothers.

The creditors, including Wells Fargo and Cargill, say that this money should have stayed within Refco and that Sugrue and PlusFunds should get in line. The suit implies that Sugrue, a former Refco employee, used his influence at Refco to slide in front of other creditors. Luc A. Despins, the Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy attorney who filed the suit, declined comment.

But it’s not PlusFunds’ money–the $312 million comes from the investors in the S&P Managed Futures Index Fund. The creditors’ claims on those assets have prevented investors from getting their money back.

Marc Lowlicht, a certified financial planner with Further Lane Asset Management in Manhattan, has half a dozen clients in the fund. He complains: “If I wanted them to be creditors, I would have sold them bonds.”



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Probe of Refco Leads to Company Started by Ex-Senior Executive; A Knowledge of Inner Workings

 
Updated March 24, 2006 12:01 a.m. ET

Authorities and some creditors of Refco Inc. want to know more about money the brokerage firm shuttled between some of its business units in the days before it filed for bankrupty protection.

They may be able to learn some important details from Christopher Sugrue, a New York money manager and past employee of Refco, which imploded just weeks after its August initial public offering when Refco disclosed that its former chief executive, Phillip Bennett, had hidden bad debts.

U.S. securities regulators have been seeking information regarding such business dealings with Refco. And lawyers working for Refco unsecured creditors have sought information from Mr. Sugrue because of what court filings by those creditors describe as a "close relationship" between the 35-year-old Long Island native and Refco, where Mr. Sugrue was an executive before he helped launch PlusFunds Group Inc.

After Refco filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy-court protection Oct. 17, the Securities and Exchange Commission visited PlusFunds' Manhattan offices and asked for a battery of records, according to a report attached to a sworn statement by S. David Peress, a crisis consultant hired by PlusFunds.

In an interview, Mr. Peress said the firm is cooperating with "a compliance examination." Lawyers for Refco unsecured creditors also have asked for documents related to PlusFunds and Mr. Sugrue, according to court filings. A spokesman for the SEC declined to comment, but the court document that references the SEC request says: "The SEC has not made any suggestion that any action is contemplated involving [PlusFunds]."

Mr. Sugrue's own firm filed for bankruptcy-court protection earlier this month, after a wave of PlusFunds clients demanded their money when some of their cash transferred from Refco accounts was frozen. A portion of the money and trades Mr. Sugrue helped oversee for PlusFunds clients often processed through Refco's sprawling brokerage firm. Mr. Sugrue initially was able to prevent that money from being frozen by persuading Refco to transfer the funds from unregulated offshore accounts to regulated, onshore accounts.

Now PlusFunds is up for sale. Speaking by phone from Florida, where he was vacationing with his family at Disney World, Mr. Sugrue stressed that he did nothing wrong in the Refco matter. "I'll say that unequivocally," he said. Mr. Sugrue said his business "got caught up in a drive-by shooting."

Court filings by Refco creditors seeking to recover the money Mr. Sugrue had transferred to the onshore accounts cite ties between the money manager and Refco, including loans the brokerage firm provided last year to entities affiliated with Mr. Sugrue. Those loans were secured by equity in PlusFunds.

Before starting PlusFunds in 1998, Mr. Sugrue was a senior executive at Refco for more than five years, according to a biography in court papers. In addition to working with hedge funds on the firm's behalf, Mr. Sugrue helped negotiate the sale of 10% in Refco to Austrian bank Bawag P.S.K. in 1999. During that time, Refco was chaired by Thomas Dittmer, who later was listed on a register of PlusFunds shareholders. Mr. Dittmer couldn't be reached for comment. Mr. Sugrue's knowledge of the inner workings of Refco were demonstrated in a tense exchange last October. Six days before Refco began bankruptcy proceedings, Mr. Sugrue burst into Refco's Manhattan office demanding that the brokerage firm move more than $300 million of PlusFunds' client money "to seg funds," according to a sworn statement by Refco Treasurer Matthew Hreben.

Specifically, Mr. Sugrue wanted his clients' money moved from Refco's unregulated Bermuda account, where it was mingled with Refco's money, to segregated, or "seg," accounts, where it presumably would be less vulnerable to Refco creditors. The money was moved the next day and soon sent to accounts at Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., according to court papers and sworn statements by Refco employees.

Stanley S. Arkin, a lawyer for Mr. Sugrue, said his client should be given a "silver star" for looking out for his clients. Mr. Sugrue said his investors told him: "Thank God you went and got it. That's what you are supposed to do."

Yet Refco creditors got a federal court to freeze the money in the Lehman accounts, alleging in court papers that Mr. Sugrue was given preferential treatment. Those frozen accounts triggered the redemptions by PlusFunds' clients -- and the subsequent bankruptcy-court filing. The clients yanked more than $1 billion from the firms' funds -- about half their assets -- in the first two months of this year.

It is a quick reversal of fortune for Mr. Sugrue. Still on the board at PlusFunds, he is no longer an employee. "It feels like you got thrown out of the house you built," Mr. Sugrue said in the phone interview.

PlusFunds mainly offered funds designed to mimic the performance of Standard & Poor's hedge-fund indexes. The controversial money transferred from Refco was invested there to track 15 funds in S&P's Managed Futures index. PlusFunds' assets stood at more than $2.5 billion last summer.

After Mr. Sugrue started his fund firm, he continued to work closely with his old employer. Refco served as a clearing broker for several portfolios overseen by PlusFunds, according to court papers filed by Refco's creditors. And in 2003, Refco hired PlusFunds to manage a futures fund that did much of its trading through accounts at Refco, according to court filings by Refco creditors.

But the relationship extended beyond trading. Last spring, Refco Capital lent $158 million to Suffolk LLC, an entity affiliated with Mr. Sugrue, according to court papers filed by Refco creditors. Mr. Sugrue used the money to buy out minority shareholders of PlusFunds, the creditors say in court papers, adding that since then, Refco units lent another $50 million to entities related to Mr. Sugrue and other PlusFunds shareholders. Of that, $19.4 million went to an entity in which Mr. Sugrue is the sole member, court documents claim.

Several potential acquirers have emerged for PlusFunds, which will be auctioned off in April, according to public disclosures.

Separately, the federal bankruptcy judge overseeing Refco's bankruptcy proceedings ruled yesterday that Refco creditors investigating the brokerage firm's meltdown are entitled to documents from the underwriters of Refco's IPO. The judge also said former Refco directors, including private-equity investor Thomas H. Lee, should be allowed to collect on an insurance policy to cover legal expenses they incur in shareholder suits related to Refco's collapse.

A judge in a criminal case against Mr. Bennett, the former Refco CEO, set two trial dates yesterday -- Oct. 16, with a backup date of March 12, 2007. Mr. Bennett is fighting securities and fraud charges related to the Refco matter. The backup trial date was provided to accommodate Mr. Bennett's lawyer, Gary Naftalis.

—-- Peter A. McKay and Paul Davies contributed to this article.

Write to Carrick Mollenkamp at carrick.mollenkamp@wsj.com and Ian McDonald at ian.mcdonald@wsj.com

 
 
 
 
 

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PlusFunds Group Inc. is not just another hedge fund sponsor in the industry. It is owned and operated by the employees and is a high quality firm with high aspirations. The firm’s main mission is to improve prevailing standards of independent oversight and transparency in the financial services industry in the United States. A lofty, but great, goal.

Public and corporate businesses, investing individuals, and pooled investment vehicles are all present in PlusFunds Group Inc.’s list of clients. The fixed income and public equity markets are the ones that attract the most interest from PlusFunds Group Inc., which uses long and short equity, merger arbitrage, and fixed income investing methods to invest in those markets, with a special focus put on distressed debt and futures. The firm also provides clients with investment advice and options, depending upon the clients’ risk profile and needs.

PlusFunds Group Inc. is a collaboration of an assortment of businesses in the financial services industry who wishes to improve the access to information in the industry because they believed that this was a cornerstone of success in the industry.

PlusFunds Group Inc. was founded in 1998 in New York City, New York. The firm has thrived under the leadership of Chairman Christopher Sugrue. PlusFunds Group Inc. is now an industry leader.

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PlusFunds Group Inc. is not just another hedge fund sponsor in the industry. It is owned and operated by the employees and is a high quality firm with high aspirations. The firm’s main mission is to improve prevailing standards of independent oversight and transparency in the financial services industry in the United States. A lofty, but great, goal.

Public and corporate businesses, investing individuals, and pooled investment vehicles are all present in PlusFunds Group Inc.’s list of clients. The fixed income and public equity markets are the ones that attract the most interest from PlusFunds Group Inc., which uses long and short equity, merger arbitrage, and fixed income investing methods to invest in those markets, with a special focus put on distressed debt and futures. The firm also provides clients with investment advice and options, depending upon the clients’ risk profile and needs.

PlusFunds Group Inc. is a collaboration of an assortment of businesses in the financial services industry who wishes to improve the access to information in the industry because they believed that this was a cornerstone of success in the industry.

PlusFunds Group Inc. was founded in 1998 in New York City, New York. The firm has thrived under the leadership of Chairman Christopher Sugrue. PlusFunds Group Inc. is now an industry leader.

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Christopher Sugrue :: Listed on Biowebinc.com

Christopher Sugrue :: Article on Onlinereviewinc.com

Christopher Sugrue :: Information on Hightechlistings.com

Christopher Sugrue :: Article on Nationalprofilebase.com

Christopher Sugrue :: Listed on 411inconline.com

    
 

 
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The financial industry is ripe with corruption, bad habits, and secrecy—which has, as of late, been on display due to the recession. Bernie Madoff is an excellent example of why the financial industry in general needs more transparency, responsibility, and accountability. PlusFunds Group Inc. is one organization that is trying to improve upon the standards of transparency and independent oversight in the industry and being met with some success. It is an employee-owned and operated hedge fund sponsor.

PlusFunds Group Inc. caters to a variation of clients, including public and corporate institutions, pooled investment vehicles, and individual investors. The fixed income markets and public equity markets attract the most investment attention from PlusFunds Group Inc. Merger arbitrage, fixed income, and long or short equity are the main methods by which PlusFunds Group Inc. makes its investments. The firm focuses on distressed debt and futures.

Christopher Sugrue is the chairman of PlusFunds Group Inc., and the man who has lead it to become a leader in the industry. The company was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in the city so nice they named it twice, New York City, New York. PlusFunds Group Inc. is actually an alliance of financial firms that provides investment advice and options to clients, based upon their risk profile.

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