A hedge fund started by a former Steve Cohen exec might be turning itself around

A hedge fund started by Steve Cohen’s former chief operating officer might be turning itself around.

Folger Hill Asset Management, which suffered deep losses after its launch, gained 3.7% after fees in the first half of this year in its flagship US fund.

The bulk of those gains came last month, with the stock-focused fund posting a 2.4% return in June. That’s according to an investor document that was reviewed by Business Insider.

A person briefed on Folger Hill said the fund has continued to make money this month, bringing year-to-date returns through mid-July to about 5%.

Still, the fund lags its benchmark index, the S&P 500, which gained 9.3% over the first half of the year.

Kumin launched his New York-based hedge fund in 2015 to much fanfare.

With global expansion plans, he attracted the backing of big-name Wall Street groups like Leucadia National Corp., which encompasses the investment bank Jefferies Group, and Schonfeld Strategic Advisors, which backed the hedge fund’s Asia unit.

Kumin, who had recruited some of Steve Cohen’s top traders while working at the billionaire’s high-profile fund, SAC Capital, is known for his boisterous personality and salesmanship. SAC Capital later was forced to close amid an insider trading scandal.

But Kumin’s fund has faced setbacks. Last year, the flagship fund fell 17.6%, and assets dropped to a low of about $US600 million from a peak of $US1 billion earlier in 2016.

Folger Hill is looking to raise $US300 million to $US400 million with a lockup of several years. The search is ongoing, the person briefed on the fund told Business Insider.

Folger Hill manages about $US900 million firmwide, with about $US650 million in its US fund and $US250 million in an Asia fund it launched in November, the person said. The Asia fund is up about 2% this year, and the firm has an additional $US200 million that it can draw down, the person added.

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