* Fund had reopened after $1.2 bln in redemptions
* Further sign investors return to hedge funds
LONDON, July 28 Lansdowne Partners, one of the
UK's biggest hedge fund firms, has stopped taking money into its
flagship $8 billion fund, a source close to the company told
Reuters, in a sign investors are returning to the industry.
The Lansdowne UK Equities fund has been mostly closed to new
investors for six years but after $1.2 billion of redemptions
the fund, which occasionally opens up to new cash, took in money
from some existing and new clients, the source said.
Lansdowne was Europe's sixth-biggest hedge fund firm at the
end of 2008 with $11 billion in assets, according to data from
Hedge fund firms sometimes limit the size of a fund, even
though they earn fees on the assets they run, because they feel
performance could suffer if assets continue to grow.
The $1.4 trillion hedge fund industry, which saw record poor
performance last year, suffered $300 billion of net outflows
between October and June, according to Hedge Fund Research,
although there are now signs that redemptions are slowing and
some clients are returning.
Lansdowne Partners, one of the more secretive hedge fund
firms, was one of the winners during the credit crisis through
its bet that share prices of some financial firms would fall.
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(Reporting by Laurence Fletcher; editing by Simon Jessop)