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6 Oct 2009

People Moves: Ms. Sandra Urie Appointed to 100 Women In Hedge Fund's Board

HedgeCo Archives - Ms. Sandra A. Urie has beein appointed to the board of 100 Women In Hedge Funds, further augmenting the organization’s network. Ms. Urie is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Cambridge Associates LLC, a global provider of independent investment advice and research to institutional investors and private clients.

Ms. Urie has held various positions at Cambridge Associates since 1985 and, before assuming the role as CEO, she served as the Chief Operating Officer and was responsible for directing the firm’s consulting practice. She is a member and vice-chair of the Investors’ Committee of the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets, which has worked to develop detailed guidelines that would define "best practices" for investors in private pools of capital in order to enhance investor protection and systemic risk safeguards. She currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the Yale School of Management, the Board of Overseers of the DeCordova Museum, and the Board of Visitors of the New England Baptist Hospital. In addition, she sits on the boards of The Plymouth Rock Company and Homesite Group Incorporated. She formerly served on the boards of Phillips Academy, Belmont Day School and Buckingham, Browne & Nichols School.

Before joining Cambridge Associates, Ms. Urie worked as a member of the faculty at Phillips Academy (Andover), where she taught Russian and served on the Admissions Office staff. She also served in the Phillips Academy development office where she was responsible for capital fund raising, and eventually she assumed the position of Associate Secretary of the Academy with responsibility for the school’s annual giving and alumni programs.

Anne Popkin, Chair of the Board of 100 Women in Hedge Funds and Principal, BlueCrest Capital, said, "We are pleased to welcome such a well-respected industry leader to our Board. We believe Sandra’s investment advisory experience coupled with her involvement in initiatives such as the President’s Working Group help us continue to represent, strengthen, and expand our investor member base."

Ms. Urie said, "I look forward to working with the Board to strengthen 100 Women in Hedge Funds’ initiatives on member education, professional development, and philanthropy."

Ms. Urie graduated from Stanford University and received a Master of Public and Private Management graduate degree from the Yale School of Organization and Management. Additionally, she holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

FRM Seeds Asia Focused Hedge Fund

HedgeCo Archive - Global fund of hedge funds group, Financial Risk Management and its seeding arm, (FCA), has entered into a strategic relationship with an Asian hedge fund expected to launch at the beginning of December with between $50 and $75 million in assets under management.

The FoHF group will make a significant investment in the first fund to be launched by Isometric Capital Management, owned and managed by Sanjiv Bhatia, the former head of Deephaven Capital Management's Asia office. The fund is

The fund will use a fundamental research strategy to identify investment opportunities in Asian companies where it can identify a catalyst which will drive investment returns. The fund will invest predominantly in equities although positions will range across the capital structure.

"This deal reinforces the global nature of FCA's business and is the first investment we have made outside of the US and Europe." Neil Mason, CIO, FCA says, "Asia is an important focus in our manager research. Asian economies have shown their strength and there are numerous market inefficiencies that hedge funds can profit from. The industry has grown significantly in recent years and there are a number of high quality managers with interesting investment strategies.

Isometric is the third seeding deal announced by FCA in the past four months having previously agreed strategic relationships with JD Capital and WestSpring Advisors.