CQS (Hedge Fund)
CQS was included in Institutional Investor's 2012 and 2013 lists of the Top single-manager hedge fund firms by assets under management and Barron's 2012 and 2013 lists of the "Best 100 Hedge Funds". Bloomberg ranked the CQS Directional Opportunities Fund #3 on its list of the top-performing large hedge funds in 2012.
In May 2013, CQS was given three awards at the Financial News Awards for Excellence in Institutional Hedge Fund Management, Europe: Best Hedge Fund Manager Overall, Best Hedge Fund Manager in Credit, and Best Multi-Hedge Fund Manager.
In May 2012, CQS was reported to be on the opposite side of the infamous JPMorgan trade by Bruno Iskil, in which JPMorgan lost more than $2billion because of its massive position in U.S. credit derivatives.
As of December 2015, the firm managed $12.6bn in assets.
CQS was founded in 1999 by Michael Hintze, who serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Senior Investment Officer. Prior to establishing CQS, Hintze was European Head of Convertible Bonds at Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) and Head of UK Equity Trading and European Convertible Bond Trading at Goldman Sachs.
Hintze is ranked #5 on Financial News’ FN100 Most Influential list in the hedge fund category. Hintze was listed by The Wall Street Journal as one of five "2012 All-Stars" during a period that was difficult for many others in the hedge fund industry.
CQS was one of the first hedge funds to create the position of Chief Risk Officer (CRO).
CQS's board includes former UK City minister Lord Myners, former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Harvey Pitt, and former Chief of the Defence Staff of the British Armed Forces General Lord Richards.
CQS has offices in London, Hong Kong, New York, Jersey and Sydney. Affiliates within the group are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in London, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) in Hong Kong and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) in Sydney, and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in New York.
CQS is a member of the Alternative Investment Management Association, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, the Loan Market Association and the Hedge Fund Standards Board. The CEO of CQS, Michael Hintze, is a trustee of the Hedge Fund Standards Board.
- CQS Website
- Hedge Fund Standards Board. "HFSB Founders & Core Supporters". Retrieved 27 September 2016.
- Hedge Fund 100 Ranking 2012
- Hedge Fund 100 Ranking 2013
- Barron's Best 100 Hedge Funds 2012
- Barron's Best 100 Hedge Funds 2013
- Bloomberg: The 100 Top-Performing Large Hedge Funds
- Hat-trick for CQS at FN Hedge Fund Awards
- CQS shuts fund built on subprime to newcomers
- Hedge Funds Eye Further Profits from JPMorgan Losses
- Hedge Funds Gained 1.1% in July, Still Lag Broad Market
- Liam Fox's friend Adam Werritty linked to Conservative donor
- "CQS Insights: Looking into 2016" (PDF).
- Financial News FN100 List
- Hedge funds belt few home runs
- "CQS adds City and military prowess to board". Financial News.
- "CQS: Strategic offensive". Financial Times.
- CQS Seeks to Open Australia Office
- CQS expands Australian presence