Fortress to Take Over $2.5b in DB Zwirn & Co. Hedge Fund Assets

Fortress Investment Group will take over the $2.5 billion hedge fund assets of D.B. Zwirn Co., according to people supposedly familiar with the situation. Headquartered in New York, Fortress manages almost $30 billion in assets and is one of the largest US based hedge funds.

Zwirn’s board and some of its biggest investors chose Fortress, a New York-based private equity and hedge-fund manager, to liquidate the assets. Fortress was picked from nine candidates including a group headed by Desmond Dermot.

D.B. Zwirn Special Opportunities Fund fund makes loans to companies including those that have trouble getting financing elsewhere. Zwirn decided to close the fund when investors asked to withdraw more than $2 billion after a delay in the release of the fund’s 2006 financial audit.

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