Goldman Sachs senior executive leaves to set up hedge fund

15 March 2010

Pierre-Henri Flamand, manager of Principal Strategies at Goldman Sachs, is to leave the investment bank to begin his own business.

The 39 year-old has managed the firm’s largest internal hedge fund for three years and worked with the financial institution for a total of 15.

Under Mr Flamand’s management, the fund managed $7 billion during 2008 and contributed towards the organisation recording a seven per cent increase in equity revenues to reach $9.89 billion the following year.

Jerome Lussan, chief executive officer of Laven Partners, told Bloomberg that the size of salary could have influenced Mr Flamand's decision to leave.

“Goldman Sachs is the best money-making machine in the world but compensation is subject to public policy - if you go private it’s your own business,” he said.

In a recent filing, Goldman Sachs explained that the financial “results in principal strategies were positive compared with losses in 2008”.

2009 was an “environment characterised by a significant increase in global equity prices, favourable market opportunities and a significant decline in volatility levels”, the bank stated.

The financial service provider has confirmed the news of Mr Flamand’s decision and voiced its support for the move.

By Jim Ottewill

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