Rokos Lost $383 Million for Brevan Howard Fund in 2012Lindsay Fortado
Chris Rokos, a former top trader at Brevan Howard Asset Management LLP, lost $383 million for the firm’s main hedge fund in 2012, the year he resigned, after generating more than $4 billion in the prior eight years.
Rokos, 43, lost $12 million in 2010 before making $1.27 billion for the Brevan Howard Master Fund in 2011, according to figures made public today in court documents filed last week in Jersey, Channel Islands. His profits from 2004 to 2012 were calculated by Bloomberg News from figures in the filing.
Rokos is suing the company he helped found to void an agreement that restricts him from managing outside investors’ money until 2018 in order to start his own investment fund. Brevan Howard, Europe’s second-largest hedge-fund firm with $37 billion in assets, countersued to block him from doing so.
Rokos retired from the firm in June 2012, according to court filings, and continued to wind down his trading book until September of that year. He earned about $900 million for himself after the firm was established in 2002.
Rokos said in the document, a reply to Brevan Howard’s counterclaim, that he “was a very successful trader and it is averred that he was a very successful trader” before he joined Brevan Howard. Only Alan Howard, the firm’s chief, managed more money than Rokos, according to the documents.
Rokos is also asking the court in Jersey, the U.K. offshore dependency, to rule that he should still get profit allocations until 2018, even if the restrictions are lifted. The company paid him $73 million earlier this year.
The Master Fund, established in 2003, had more than $5 billion in assets by the end of 2004. That grew to about $28 billion as of October 2013, the firm said in court papers. Rokos’s role with the fund gave him “direct access to an ongoing contact with the limited pool of investors and potential investors prepared to make substantial investments through a hedge fund,” the firm said.
The more than $4 billion in profits that Rokos generated includes $1.11 billion in 2007, which accounted for 27 percent of the fund’s profits that year, as well as $549 million in 2008 and $933 million in 2009.
Rokos also contributed as much as 57 percent of profit to the firm’s Strategic Opportunities fund, with $49 million in 2008, according to his filing.
Anthony Payne, a spokesman for Brevan Howard in London, declined to comment on the money Rokos earned for the firm. Alan Kilkenny, a spokesman for Rokos, also declined to comment.