David Tepper Said to Back His Protege’s New Credit Fund

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Appaloosa President David Tepper

David Tepper, president of Appaloosa Management LP, speaks during the 20th Annual Sohn Investment Conference in New York, on May 4, 2015.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Appaloosa Management’s Eric Cole is planning to start a hedge fund with the backing of his billionaire boss David Tepper.

Cole, 43, will open Warlander Asset Management next year to invest in global credit, according to a person with knowledge of the matter who asked not to be identified because the information is private. Alex Ginzburg, who has been working as a partner at MatlinPatterson Global Advisers, will also help to start the New York-based firm as head of research.

Tepper, who founded $20 billion Appaloosa in 1993, has provided some of his top money managers with capital to start their own firms as a way to continue profiting from stars even after they depart. This is the first time he’s taken a stake in the business by providing so-called seed capital, the person said.

Cole and Tepper didn’t return calls for comment. Ginzburg declined to comment as did a spokesman for Appaloosa.

Cole joined Short Hills, New Jersey-based Appaloosa in 2010 as a partner after running Morgan Stanley’s distressed sales, trading and research operation. Before that, he had a similar role at Bear Stearns Cos., where he worked alongside Ginzburg.

Warlander is gearing up to raise money as institutional investors look to back a new generation of managers that have worked for the some of the most established firms in the hedge-fund industry. Cole is preparing to take advantage of distressed opportunities that may arise in the wake of an era of record-low yields, which has prompted governments and companies to sell record amounts of debt.

Last year Tepper invested in Alder Hill Management, led by former employee Eric Yip and former CQS distressed debt head Mark Unferth. He also backed Incline Global Management, which trades stocks and credits, at its inception in 2012. The prior year the Appaloosa founder was an initial investor in Nokota Management, led by former Appaloosa senior analyst Matthew Knauer and ex-Viking Global Investors analyst Mina Faltas.

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