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NEW HEDGE FUND LAUNCHES TOTAL RECORD $19.5 BILLION IN 2008's FIRST HALF Assets Up, Despite Number of Launches Dropping 50% Year-on-Year Top Five Fund Launches Amass 71% of Total Capital

New York, July 8, 2008 ­ The Absolute Return New Funds Survey, published in the July/August issue of Absolute Return magazine, shows that new hedge fund launches this year in the Americas totaled $19.5 billion, with the top five funds amassing $13.7 billion, for more than 70% of the total. The number of fund launches is down 50% from last year, highlighting the growing barriers to entry for start-up managers and indicating that large capital flows are continuing to go to established, brand-name firms.

According to Absolute Return, 35 new funds began trading with a total of $19.5 billion between January 1 and June 30, 2008. That's significantly more capital than in the same period in 2007, when 72 new funds launched with $14 billion. This year, five funds were formed with more than $1 billion each, in contrast to three funds that managed to surpass the billion-dollar mark in last year's first half. Long/short equity funds dominated, followed by funds that invest in mortgaged-backed securities and those pursuing distressed strategies.

The survey also reported that Goldman Sachs Asset Management amassed $8.1 billion of the $19.5 billion total with $7 billion in its Goldman Sachs Investment Partners, an equity long/short fund, and $1.1 billion in Goldman Mortgage Credit Opportunities. The second-largest launch was Conatus Capital Management's Conatus Capital Partners fund, which had $2.3 billion. Other sizeable launches included Lone Pine Capital's $1.8 billion emerging markets fund, Lone Dragon Pine Fund, and Highliner Investment Group's Alyeska Fund, a market-neutral fund that ended the first half with $1.5 billion.

Total assets under management in the hedge fund industry are $2.65 trillion, according to HedgeFund Intelligence.

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TOP TEN HEDGE FUND LAUNCHES (January - June 2008)

Firm name Fund name Portfolio manager(s) Raanan Agus, Kenneth Eberts David Stemerman Steve Mandel Strategy AUM ($m) Location

Goldman Sachs

GS Investment Partners

Equities

7,000*

New York, NY

Conatus Capital Management Lone Pine Capital Highliner Investment Group Goldman Sachs

Conatus Capital Partners

Equities

2,300

Greenwich, CT

Lone Dragon Pine

Emerging Markets Equities

1,840

Greenwich, CT

Alyeska Fund

Anand Parekh

1,500

Chicago, IL

Goldman Mortgage Credit Opportunities Fund

Jonathan Beinner, James Clark, Thomas Teles Vince Maddi, Shawn Brennan Rich Walter, Jeffrey Bellman Ara Cohen, Tom Wagner

Mortgage Backed Securities

1,100*

New York, NY

SIR Capital Management

Standard Investment Research Hedge Equity Master Fund Bellman Walter Global Fund Knighthead Master Fund

Equities

700

New York, NY

Bellman Walter Capital KnightHead Capital Management Obrem Capital Management One William Street Capital

Equities

650

San Francisco, CA New York, NY

Distresssed

500

Obrem Capital

Andrew Rechtschaffen David Sherr

Equities

500

New York, NY

One William Street Capital Master Fund

Credit

500*

New York, NY

* estimate Source: Absolute Return

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