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18 Nov 2009

Hedge Fund Lawyer Dies In Russian Prison

HedgeCo News Archives - Hedge fund Hermitage Capital's legal adviser, Sergey Magnitskiy, died on Monday night in a detention centre in Moscow, the Guardian reports.

The 37 year old father of two was held in Moscow’s Matrosskaya Tishina detention center for almost a year. "Sergey Magnitskiy was refused bail and kept in detention for a year without trial," Hermitage said in a statement. "He was denied the ability to see his mother and his wife and speak to his children for the entire time of his detention."

The US-born, British naturalised lawyer was arrested in 2008 after accusing senior officers in the Interior Ministry of taking part in a $230m state-sponsored scam, leading to the theft of companies owned by Hermitage and HSBC. Hermitage has filed law suits and sent letters to Russian anti-corruption authorities, naming top-ranked officials and their role in the alleged tax scam.

The Guardian quoted David Clark, former special advisor at the Foreign Office and chairman of the Russia Foundation, a UK-based organisation that promotes a deeper understanding of Russian affairs. Hermitage's case is "real daily life" in Russia Clark said.

$200 Billion Cap On Collapse Fund - Barney Frank

HedgeCo News Archive - The fund which the U.S. House Financial Services Committee is setting up to dismantle large insolvent financial institutions will be limited to $200 billion, MarketWatch reported earlier today.

"The cap we have is $200 billion," House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank said, referring to legislation which would collect funds from large financial institutions and hedge funds with $10 billion in capital or more.

The Chairman's regulatory-overhaul package, in opposition to the Obama administration, which wants to collect fees after a company fails, is up for vote by the House this month.

The fund would be used to make payments to creditors and counterparties of a large failing financial institution so that its collapse does not unsettle the financial markets.