Credit Suisse acquires stake in York Capital

16 September 2010

Credit Suisse has acquired a stake in New York-based hedge fund York Capital for over $400 million.

According to the financial services provider, the $425 million price tag is for a minority share in the firm.

The deal includes a clause for additional pay outs based on York Capital’s performance during five yearly intervals.

Senior executives at the firm including Jamie Dinan, founder and chief executive officer as well as Dan Schwartz, chief investment officer, are expected to remain in post following completion of the transaction.

The Swiss bank is to provide distribution services for the York fund on a non-exclusive basis as part of the arrangement.

Mr Dinan said: “We see tremendous opportunities in the marketplace for event-driven and credit strategies and we think our ability to capitalise on these opportunities will be enhanced by Credit Suisse’s global reach and resources, particularly in parts of the world where we are increasing our investment activity.”

Rob Shafir, chief executive officer of Credit Suisse's Asset Management Division, added that the transaction is an indication of the bank’s commitment to extending its presence within “global alternative investments”.

The deal is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2010.

By Jim Ottewill

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