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7 Apr 2009

SEC Halts Canada/China Hedge Fund Fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission filed a restraining order yesterday to halt an on-going multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme. The SEC says that Defendant, Toronto hedge fund manager Weizhen Tang, orchestrated the fraud through an overseas hedge fund and a Texas-based investment adviser.

U.S. District Judge Jane Boyle granted a temporary restraining order, asset freeze, and other emergency relief against the Defendants, including the appointment of a receiver to take control of assets belonging to the Investment Adviser and two Relief Defendants — WinWin Capital Partners, LP, and Bluejay Investment, LLC, d/b/a Vintage International Investment, LLC.

The fraud began as early as 2004, and through the hedge fund Tang raised between $50 million and $75 million from more than 200 investors. According to the SEC complaint, Weizhen Tang (the self-described “Chinese Warren Buffet”) recently admitted to investors that the hedge fund operated as a Ponzi scheme since at least 2006.

Tang specifically targeted members of the Chinese-American community and solicited U.S. investors to directly and indirectly invest in the hedge fund, according to the SEC.

In addition to the emergency relief granted by the Court, the SEC wants permanent injunctions, disgorgement of ill-gotten gains plus prejudgment interest, and civil money penalties against the Defendants.

Hedge Funds Available In Sweden For The First Time

The Swedish state pension platform, PPM, is including Salus Alpha funds in their premium pension portfolio with immediate effect. The Salus Alpha funds that were chosen are UCITS III compliant, and meet the strict requirements regarding transparency, daily liquidity and adequate administration procedures set up for the Premium Pension Authority.

By launching the first UCITS III fund that tracks a hedge fund index in September 2007, Salus Alpha paved the way for hedge funds as an optimal portfolio component for retirement investment, by adding multi-manager alternative investment products, the returns can be increased while decreasing the risk.

The Swedish pension system is divided in three parts; income pension, guaranteed pension and premium pension. For the premium pension the pension saver has a number of funds to choose from. Every pension saver can decide in which fund and what amount of money he wants to invest. At the moment the Premium Pension Authority’s fund holdings of 5.8 million pension savers are valued at a total of 27.5 Billion Euro ($36.7 billion).

By including these funds in the portfolio the Swedish Premium Pension Authority confirmed the market leadership of Salus Alpha in the regulated alternative investment sector.