FGA appoints new Windward portfolio manager

Fairfield Greenwich Advisors, a member of the Fairfield Greenwich Group (FGG), has appointed Timothy Hynes as a portfolio manager of Windward Capital LP.


Windward Capital and its two feeder funds, Arlington International Fund Ltd and Belmont Investors LP (collectively Windward), is an event-driven fund that commenced activity in 1999 and currently has over USD 300 million in assets. Hynes joins the management team of Kim Morris, principal portfolio manager, and Eric Sacks, portfolio manager.


FGG expects Hynes' appointment to bolster Windward's practice of intensive bottom-up research. His trading style is likely to entail transactions with a somewhat longer time-horizon than those of the current portfolio. Windward continues to have a broad event-driven mandate, but as an adaptation to its present and projected event-driven markets, has intensified its efforts in terms of actively and opportunistically managing its portfolio, while maintaining capital preservation as a chief priority.


Hynes has most recently worked as a Vice President at Schultze Asset Management, and was previously employed at Cerber Capital Management LP from 1999 to 2003, where he identified, structured, and managed a broad array of securities within the distressed and related sectors, including corporate bonds, bank debt, and post-reorganization equities. Hynes also was involved in other special situation event-driven investments.


Hynes has also served as a Vice President in Investment Banking at BT Alex. Brown from 1996 to 1999, was previously employed at Maverick Capital, a private investment firm, from 1994 to 1996, and was an Assistant Vice President in GE Capital's Corporate Finance Group, where he was employed from 1988 to 1994. Mr. Hynes earned a BA in Finance from Michigan State University.


Like Hynes, principal portfolio manager Kim Morris gained her event-driven investing experience at Cerber Capital Management, as well as at Morgens, Waterfall, Vintiadis & Co, Halcyon/Alan B Slifka and also worked as a retail analyst at Paine Webber. She graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Engineering, and earned an MBA at New York University.


Windward portfolio manager Eric Sacks' event-driven investing experience was gained at SBC Warburg Dillon Read and its predecessor, Dillon, Read & Co, where he was in charge of proprietary merger arbitrage investments. He also held positions at BT (Bankers Tr t) Securities, Merrion Group, AMIC Partners, and Laterman & Co. where he focused on merger arbitrage and related investments, and in distressed debt research. Sacks holds an AB from Harvard College, and a MBA from Columbia University School of Business.


Harold Greisman, Chief Investment Officer of FGG, commented: "The addition of Timothy Hynes to Windward is a further demonstration of the ongoing commitment of FGG to the event-driven sector. We have great confidence, based on our extensive disc discusions with Mr Hynes and the quality of the investment professionals who introduced and recommended him to the Fund, that he will readily fit into this very successful team, and that from the start, he will be able to add value by broadening the team's coverage while he supports its proven strategy. Tim's excellent training and experience also make him an example of the type of high calibre professional who FGG as a firm is hiring as we continue the overall build-out of our infrastructure and fund platform. Windward's operational support will be similarly strengthened by the addition of Nils Moldavsky, who we are also proud to welcome to the team."


Moldavsky, who has been appointed as Windward's new operations manager, was previously employed as an account manager at UBS' Hedge Fund Services division. He also worked from 1998 to 2004 with Neuberger Berman in their professional investor clearing services and portfolio management divisions, and from 1996 to 1998 in PaineWebber's client reporting division. He received his BS in Finance, Management and International Business from New York University.


Both Hynes and Moldavsky will join Morris and Sacks, as well as Windward's two fund analysts and FGG's fund infrastructure group, in the New York Office.


Founded in 1983, Fairfield Greenwich Group (FGG) has over USD 8 billion in client and firm assets under management. It is an employee owned firm with over 65 employees, 12 of whom are shareholders, and has offices in New York, London, and Bermuda, representative offices in the US, Europe, and Latin America. FGG's client base includes private banks, financial advisors, family offices, pension funds, government authorities, and other institutional investors. FGG entities are registered with the US SEC as an investment advisor and broker dealer, and with the UK Financial Services Authority.

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