Pirate Capital

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Pirate Capital LLC is a Norwalk, Connecticut based investment adviser founded in 2002 by Thomas R. Hudson Jr.[1] The firm employs shareholder activism to push for structural changes in target companies.[1] The firm’s assets fell to $375 million as of September, 2007 from $1.8 billion a year earlier.[citation needed]

Investment strategy[edit]

Pirate Capital LLC is the general partner entity to 4 funds (listed below). All 4 funds employ the same approach to investing, though the activist funds tend to be significantly more concentrated, and primarily consist of equity instruments in companies that are targeted for activism.

The fund purchases stakes in underperforming companies and then pushes for managerial action.[2] The company's motto is: "Surrender the Booty!"[3]

Tom Hudson, 50, who founded Pirate in 2002, is known for acquiring stakes in companies and pushing management to make changes to boost their stock prices. Thomas Hudson Jr. fired all twelve employees at Doubloon Capital for no apparent reason. The Fund has ceased operations and failed to be productive. Hudson currently resides in New Canaan, Connecticut.

Noted instruments[edit]

Pirate is known to be associated with the following entities (with approximate assets under control, pulled from various open sources - September, 2007):

  • Jolly Roger Offshore Fund LTD - $199m
  • Jolly Roger Fund LP - $79m
  • Jolly Roger Activist Fund Onshore - $39m
  • Jolly Roger Activist Fund Offshore - $58m
  • Total Assets Under Management as of August 1, 2008 - $1

Key personnel[edit]

  • Thomas R. Hudson, Jr, founder and sole managing partner; formerly managed a portfolio of distressed bank debt at Goldman Sachs. Mr Hudson was fired from Goldman Sachs in 1999 and from Amroc Investments in 2001.[3]


  1. ^ a b Corkery, Michael (February 25, 2010). "Pirate Capital Tom Hudson Sets Sail With A New Fund". WSJ.
  2. ^ Boyd, Roddy (2006-09-29). "Staff Walks the Plank at Listing Pirate Capital". New York Post. Archived from the original on 2007-03-24. Retrieved 2007-05-25.
  3. ^ a b Effinger, Anthony; Burton, Katherine (2007-02-02). "Mutiny at Pirate Capital Roils Hudson After Worst Year Ever". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 2007-05-25.