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Tetragon Buys Affiliated Hedge Fund Polygon for $99 Million

Tetragon Financial Group Ltd. bought Polygon Management LP, a hedge-fund firm founded by the same management team, for about $99 million as the publicly traded investor in structured loans expands its business.

Tetragon used 11.7 million of its non-voting shares to buy Polygon, a London hedge fund started by Reade Griffith and Paddy Dear, the Guernsey, Channel Islands-based company said in a statement today. The purchase price is based on the $8.43 closing price of Tetragon shares on Oct. 26.

Dear, 51, and Griffith, 47, are both principals and directors of Tetragon, which invests in assets including collateralized loan obligations, according to the firm’s website. Tetragon is adding the pair’s affiliated business based on a view that asset-management companies need to have as much capital, investment experience and infrastructure as possible to succeed following the 2008 financial crisis, Dear said.

“By putting it together, we think it really provides the three pieces of the puzzle,” he said in an interview.

Dear, formerly of UBS AG, and Griffith, formerly of Citadel LLC, founded Polygon in 2002. It manages about $450 million in hedge funds, according to the statement. Polygon also owns a 13 percent stake in GreenOak Real Estate LP, an investment firm that oversees $1.9 billion, and LCM Asset Management LLC, an investor in syndicated loans that holds assets valued at about $4.5 billion, according to the statement.

Tetragon also announced plans to buy back as much as $150 million of its non-voting Tetragon shares. The shares gained 10 cents, or 1.1 percent, to $8.41 at 1:35 p.m. in trading on the NYSE-Euronext in Amsterdam for a market value of $1.1 billion.

The Polygon Global Opportunities Fund, which was once the firm’s biggest hedge fund with $8 billion of assets at its peak, suspended investor withdrawals after it lost money following the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. in 2008.

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