MerrillÆs Yvonne Wong joins Thaddeus Capital

The former Merrill Lynch prime broker is appointed as chief operations officer at hedge fund Thaddeus Capital.
Yvonne Wong left Merrill Lynch earlier this year where she had worked in its prime broking department as head of hedge fund consulting and capital introductions. She has now reappeared at Thaddeus Capital as the chief operations officer at this Hong Kong-based, event-driven fund.

She will be responsible for operations, investor relations, compliance and legal together with handling all service provider relationships. A team of four will report to her.

This is her first position on the buy-side, and although she is best known for her prime brokerage sales, client service, consulting, and capital introduction roles at Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley (where she encountered Thaddeus founder Charle Peza, then running his previous hedge fund HDH Advisors), she has also worked as a portfolio accountant, for State Street, and in institutional client relationships for Brown Brothers Harriman.

In her Thaddeus role, she will not be tackling capital introductions, as the fund is closed to new investors.

In other recent hires by Thaddeus Capital, Peter Milliken has taken the role of Australia analyst, having previously worked on Lehman BrothersÆ proprietary equity desk. Also, Agnes Ho has been hired as the fixed-income analyst. She joins from UBS fixed income proprietary trading, where she worked as a fixed income desk analyst.

ôYou employ great people when they become available to be hired,ö says Thaddeus CEO Paul Sheehan, explaining the recent build-out in personnel.

Thaddeus now has an eight-strong research team, and has outgrown its premises. The team will shortly be moving to a whole floor of Ruttonjee House, in Central, Hong Kong.

ôThaddeus has been a textbook example of how to set up a hedge fund properly,ö comments Richard Norris of Lehman Brothers prime broking department. It was at Lehman Brothers that co-founders Charle Peza and Paul Sheehan worked together in the equity research department. It was for the accomplishment of building a strong business, together with solid returns and impressive capital raising that Thaddeus Asia won AsianInvestorÆs æBest Event Driven fundÆ award earlier in 2008.
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