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Goldman Sachs is shuttering the London operations of its internal hedge fund, Goldman Sachs Investment Partners, closing a chapter in a fund that ranked as one of the biggest launches to date.
GSIP debuted in 2008 with total assets of $7bn, including $2bn of Goldman’s own money. But performance was patchy from the start, and a few years ago the bank began pulling money out of the fund to comply with the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, part of which requires big banks to limit their investments in hedge and private equity funds.
About eight London-based employees were recently told to move to Goldman’s global headquarters in Manhattan, or find a new job internally.
A person familiar with the reshuffle, which was first reported by Reuters, said it was triggered by the retirement of Nick Advani, a managing director who led the hedge fund from London and said last June he would be stepping down from his role.
Another managing director, Raluca Ragab, who had been leading the London-based team after Mr Advani stepped down, will leave Goldman once the move is complete.
Goldman said the reshuffle was not connected to the UK’s efforts to negotiate an exit from the European Union, which has prompted many financial services groups to review their staffing in the country.
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