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Veteran London trader leaves Elliott

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James Bayliss, the head trader at Elliott Management’s London operation, has become the latest veteran to quit the the $59bn US hedge fund’s main European office, according to a report by the Financial Times.

The report cites people with direct knowledge of the move as confirming Bayliss’ departure early this month. Like the other long-serving staffers to have left the firm in the last 18 months Bayliss, who spent nearly 20 years at Elliott, was a close associate of Gordon Singer, the son of the firm’s founder Paul Singer, and the man who has long run the London operation as Equity Partner and Managing Partner.

Other London departures over the past year-and-a-half, include senior portfolio manager Mark Levine in November 2022 and portfolio manager Sebastien de La Riviere in January. Portfolio managers Mark Wills and Giorgio Furlani also departed last year, however the latter left to run AC Milan football club, which is backed by the hedge fund.

Following Bayliss’s departure, Nabeel Bhanji remains as the only senior portfolio manager in the London office who is focused on Elliott’s activist investing strategies.

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