Feb 14 JPMorgan Chase & Co's global head
of equity proprietary trading has quit the investment bank to
set up a hedge fund in Switzerland, the Financial Times reported
Deepak Gulati, one of the bank's star traders, will launch
Argentière Capital sometime in the second or third quarter of
this year, the financial daily quoted two people familiar with
the plans. ()
The report also said the hedge fund would be based in Zug,
the low-tax Swiss canton also home to global commodities trader
Glencore International Plc.
Marketers expect Argentière to raise as much as $500 million
for its launch, the FT said.
JPMorgan spokesman Brian Marchiony said the company declined
to comment on the report.
New rules banning U.S. banks or those with U.S. subsidiaries
from risky but potentially profitable proprietary trading are
encouraging some traders to move to hedge funds.
Proprietary trading, or trading with the bank's own money,
can closely resemble trading in the hedge fund business and has
turned out big profits before the financial crisis.
But the U.S. Dodd-Frank bill, introduced under President
Barack Obama, includes a ban, known as the Volcker rule, on
proprietary trading because it is risky.