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26 Oct 2009

Hedge Fund Shareholder Appointed To Legg Mason's Board Of Directors

HedgeCo Archives - $703 billion global asset management firm, Legg Mason, announced today that an outstanding shareholder, hedge fund manager Nelson Peltz, will be elected to the Company’s Board of Directors,

Peltz is Chief Executive Officer and a founding partner of hedge fund Trian Fund Management, L.P., which owns 6,946,756 shares, or approximately 4.3% of Legg Mason’s outstanding common stock.

"Over the past several months, my colleagues and I have been engaged in constructive dialogue with Mark Fetting and other members of the Legg Mason management team." Peltz commented, "We share their view that Legg Mason’s recent strategic initiatives are improving the Company’s operating performance and I look forward to contributing as a Board member and working with the management team and the Board to help this great company achieve its full potential.”

The addition of Mr. Peltz to the Board reflects an agreement between Legg Mason and Trian Fund Management, L.P., certain funds managed by it and certain of its affiliates. In addition, pursuant to the agreement, Trian Partners has agreed to vote its shares in favor of Legg Mason’s director nominees as provided in the agreement and made certain other commitments.

UPDATE: New Hedge Fund To Benefit From Offshore Tax Changes

HedgeCo Archives - Two UK hedge fund managers have timed the launch of their new hedge fund so that investors subscribing before 1 December will see their returns subject to Capital Gains Tax rather than income tax ahead of the changes to the taxation of offshore funds currently being drafted.

Launched by UK hedge fund managers, Aramid Asset Management and Thomas Funds, the long and short multi-asset hedge fund, which will invest across equities, bonds and commodities, will be jointly managed by Aramid co-founder Sean Flanagan and Thomas Funds’ Glen Cremer.

"Our first step is to set up a target for maximum loss that we can tolerate in the next 30 to 60 days on which we base our allocation to each asset class and the level of hedges." Cremer says.

"We also hedge at all times because we believe market timing is almost impossible to achieve. There is no free lunch – you can only make money by taking residual market, credit or liquidity risk. The key is to identify that residual risk and minimise it using risk management overlay."

The Cayman Islands-domiciled fund can be accessed through both a closed-ended Jersey feeder fund, the Aramid All Asset Capital Preservation Fund Limited or a Cayman- domiciled open-ended feeder fund, the Aramid/Thomas All Asset Preservation fund.