|Headquarters||Boston and London|
|Seth Klarman (President)|
Jim Mooney (Managing Director)
|Total assets||US$30 billion (Q4 2016)|
Number of employees
The Baupost Group is a long-only hedge fund founded in 1982 by Harvard Professor William Poorvu and partners Howard Stevenson, Jordan Baruch and Isaac Auerbach. Seth Klarman, who was asked by Poorvu to help run the fund, remains at its head today. Baupost Group's investment philosophy emphasizes risk management. The firm, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, is a value investing manager. According to Bloomberg L.P., Baupost is ranked 4th in net gains since inception.
With the rise of distressed debt sales in Europe caused by the sovereign debt crisis Baupost Group in 2011 opened its first international office in London to take advantage of investment opportunities in European commercial property market, corporate debt trading at distressed valuations and structured products.
According to a Reuters article, that cites Bank of New York Mellon v. Walnut Place LLC et al., the Baupost Group is Walnut Place. Using a traditional hedge fund tool, legal challenges of distressed bond settlements, the Baupost Group is attempting to force Bank of America to increase its settlement of Reps & Warranties of Countrywide sub-prime bonds. If the settlement were to be increased The Baupost group stands to make gains on bonds that they bought at very low values. It is unclear why the Baupost Group did not use their real name in the suit.
Natural Resource Extraction in Melancthon, Ontario, Canada
In 2006 Baupost Group formed Highland Companies, a Nova Scotia-based corporation that began buying farmland in Melancthon Township, approximately 120 kilometres north of Toronto, Ontario, purportedly for the purpose of farming. Having amassed over 7,000 acres by early 2011, then being actively farmed by Highland Companies, the Company submitted an application for a 2,316 acre Amabel dolostone (limestone) mega-quarry. The application has seen heated opposition, as opponents raise concerns about groundwater contamination, local heritage, food security concerns, as well as a host of ancillary issues such as truck traffic congestion, highway safety, noise and dust pollution. In November 2012, Highland Companies withdrew the application in response to that concerted community opposition.
Post Credit Crisis
After the financial crisis in 2008 Baupost Group sought to purchase insurance as a hedge against the value of money declining as a result of government intervention which was a risk researchers at the company were concerned about. To execute this the Baupost Group purchased options for five year Treasury bonds that would become profitable if Treasury bonds dropped sharply.
It was reported that in 2004, 42 employees worked at Baupost Group: 12 investment focused and 30 admin.
Baupost Group's assets were: $30 million in 1982, and $29.9 billion as of December 31, 2013.
- Boston (1982)
- London (2011)
- Seth Klarman, Founder and President
- Jim Mooney, Managing Director
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- Coalition of farmers and urban foodies halts Ontario mega-quarry (Globe and Mail)