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Cohen Said to Seek Buyer for $500 Million Reinsurer

SAC Capital Founder Steven A. Cohen
Steven A. Cohen, the billionaire founder of SAC Capital Advisors LP. Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

Steven A. Cohen, the billionaire founder of SAC Capital Advisors LP, is seeking a buyer for the reinsurer he formed last year as his hedge fund fights U.S. insider-trading charges, a person familiar with the matter said.

Possible buyers for SAC Re Ltd. include other investment managers, said the person, who asked not to be identified because there was no public announcement. The reinsurer could also wind down operations, the person said.

The reinsurer’s shareholder equity, a measure of assets minus liabilities, was $533 million as of Dec. 31, according to a financial statement posted by regulators in Bermuda, where the company is based. Assets include $513.2 million invested with affiliated SAC funds.

Cohen, John Paulson, David Einhorn and Daniel Loeb are among money managers who set up reinsurers that provide access to additional capital for investing, and tax advantages in locations like Bermuda or the Cayman Islands. Reinsurers take on risks from primary carriers.

Jonathan Gasthalter, a spokesman for SAC Capital, declined to comment on the sale effort, which was reported earlier today by the Wall Street Journal. Victoria Guest, the reinsurer’s general counsel, declined to comment.

Pine River Capital Management LP was approached about buying the reinsurer, the Journal reported. Patrick Clifford, a spokesman for Pine River at Abernathy MacGregor Group, declined to comment.

SAC Capital was accused by the U.S. government in a July indictment of engaging in an unprecedented insider-trading scheme lasting more than a decade. In an administrative action, regulators said Cohen failed to supervise two employees at the Stamford, Connecticut-based firm who have been charged with insider trading.

The reinsurer raised $500 million in a private placement from founding investors including Cohen and private-equity fund Capital Z Partners, according to a statement last year.

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